The term “gothic” refers to a culture that combines horror and romance. The Gothic style encompasses music, architecture, literature, and fashion, and the Gothic subculture is notoriously enigmatic and mysterious.
It is also thought that gothic conjures up ideas of a subculture of people who dress in dark colors and wear dark accessories such as black fingernails, black garments, dark eyeliner, dyed black hair, and black period costumes. The names may also contain elements of gothic imagery, style, and iconography.
While some of these names have fairly dark and peculiar connotations, they can nevertheless be lovely names for your dog.
If you’re looking for a unique name for your dog, these Gothic names and their meanings will undoubtedly appeal to the mysterious and beautifully dark side of your soul.
When selecting a representative Gothic name, regardless of the cause, you should investigate its roots and any hidden meanings. Below is a selection of male and female Gothic names you can choose for your dog.
Male Gothic Dog Names
Erebus – Greek origin meaning “deep darkness” or “shadow”
Reaper – a name derived from grim reaper which is a personification of death in the form of a cloaked skeleton wielding a large scythe.
Fang – the tooth of a venomous snake, by which poison is injected.
Balor – One-eyed giant in Irish mythology
Griffin – Mythological beast with the body of a lion and the wings and head of an eagle
Teuer – a Goth name that refers to something expensive.
Azrael – this is the Hebrew name for the Angel of death.
Thanatos – this is the name of a Greek God of death.
Akeldama – A name of Hebrew origin meaning ‘field of blood’.
Abbadon – this is the Hebrew name for the demon of destruction
Dargan – a name of Irish origin that means ” the dark-haired one”.
Lucifer – another name for the devil.
Moloch – an ancient pagan god, and a unique gothic baby boy name.
Morte – French meaning death.
Dade – A name of Gaelic origin, meaning ‘the dark one’
Necro – prefix meaning relating to death
Astaroth – the Grand Duke of hell.
Azrael – the Islamic angel of death.
Hades – Greek lord of the underworld
Corbin – French and English: nickname meaning ‘little crow’,
Caedmon – Irish name meaning a warrior filled with wisdom
Nephilim – Race of half-human giants who lived in the earth long ago
Belial – a Hebrew name for the devil.
Chaos – total disorder, or the Greek idea of total emptiness.
Draven – a name of American origin meaning ‘heavily built crow’
Elatha – the name of the golden-haired Prince of Darkness
Hannibal – the ancient general who led his army of elephants across the Alps.
Iblis – one of the many names of Satan in Islamic folklore.
Phantom – English name meaning a ghost or something apparent to sense but with no substantial existence
Aro – Hebrew name that means “bearer of martyrs” and “exalted”, “enlightened” or “of the mountains” and “mountain of strength”
Spike – primarily a male name of American origin that means Long, Heavy Nail.
Nosferatu – a name presented as an archaic Romanian word, synonymous with “vampire”
Wolf – One of the most beloved gothic animals
Ingram – Word that indicated ‘the son of the raven’
Etienne – French name that stands for ‘crown’
Renwick – Old English for ‘raven’
Noir – Literally stands for ‘black’ in French
Niall – a name of Gaelic origin meaning Coming from clouds
Magnaa – A name of Norse origin meaning ‘strong’ or ‘great’
Waldron – Combination of German words for ‘foreigner’ and ‘raven’
Xenos – Greek name for ‘stranger’
Damian – Damian is a historic name that means “to tame” or “subdue
Astaroth – A demon in Christian mythology
Zephyr – Word meaning ‘gentle
Osiris – God of the dead in Egyptian mythology
Casper – a friendly child ghost in the movie the friendly ghost
Griffin – Mythological creature that has the head and wings of an eagle and a lion’s body
Nodin – English name that refers to ‘windy day’
Eldritch – Adjective used to describe ‘ghostly’, ‘sinister’ or ‘frightening’
Urien – King of Gore in Welsh and Arthurian legend
Kane – In Welsh, Kane means ‘beautiful’. May also be a stylised version of biblical character .
Cyclops – one-eyed giants in Greek mythology
Sherlock – someone who investigates mysteries or shows great perceptiveness.
Lazarus – Biblical character from the New Testament
Brander – Stands for ‘sword of fire’
Keir – The Gaelic-Celtic meaning for the word is ‘little dark one’
Storm – any disturbed state of an environment or in an astronomical body’s atmosphere especially affecting its surface,
Edgarr – English name that signifies ‘rich’, ‘abundant’, ‘prosperous’; also the name of one of history’s best gothic writers, Edgar Allen Poe
Blaise – Comes from the name of Greek Saint Blaise
Natrix – Latin word for ‘water snakes’
Ulfred – Stands for ‘wolf of peace’
Ascelin – Points to ‘of the moon’
Cadell – Reflects the idea of ‘battle spirit’
Phelan – Origins in the Irish name for ‘wolf’
Damien – historic name that means “to tame” or “subdue.”
Perseuss – Ancient Greek hero and word to describe ‘destroy’
Imbolc – The name of a Celtic festival that inspired Groundhog Day
Kalon – Ideal perfect beauty in the physical and moral sense, especially as perceived by Greek philosophers
Lucienn – The French form of Latin Lucius derived from the root lux (light)
Zacchaeus – Biblical name from a character who was a tax collector and climbed a tree see Jesus
Ishmael – Name of Hebrew origins after Abraham’s illegitimate son
Hunter – a name of English origin that means “one who hunts
Merle – French form of the Latin merula, meaning ‘blackbird’
Zen – From Buddhism, with emphasis on meditation
Cadogan – a Welsh name meaning battle glory or honor
Elwin – Meaning:elf or magical being, friend.
Orion – Hunter in Greek mythology and a well-known constellation
Sirius – the brightest star in the night sky.
Hemlock – A type of poison; the same that was taken by Plato when he took his own life
Malik – One of the names for God in the Karan, standing for ‘king of kings’
Gawain – A Welsh name meaning:white falcon or little falcon.
Ransleyy – English name with the meaning of ‘raven meadow’
Valentine – Latin name for ‘strong’, ‘healthy’
Lycidas – Conveys ‘the son of the wolf’
Yama – The name of the god of death in Hinduism
Jael – name of Hebrew origin that means Wild Mountain Goat
Boo – from a funny sound said to be made by ghosts while haunting people.
Angelus – a ringing of church bells announcing the Angelus(a Catholic incantation)
Qadir – Muslim name that stands for ‘servant of the powerful’
Dorian – Greek name with a romantic allure
Hades – The world-famous dark god of the underworld in Greek mythology
Saber – A name of French roots, meaning ‘sword’
Martel – Used to describe the ‘forceful one’
Briar – prickly scra
mbling shrubs, especially wild rose
Crow – big black birds that are usually considered as evil portents of misfortune.
Demon – evil spirit or devil, especially one thought to possess a person or act as a tormentor in hell.
Phoenixx – Reference to the mystical creature that rises from its own ashes
Eoghan – A word with Gaelic origins – ‘youth’
Zane – Arabic for ‘beautiful’ or ‘good’
Frey – Norse god of fertility, crops, peace, and prosperity.
Payne – One of the most noble surnames in France
Hellhound – A demon in the form of a dog.
Belial – A different word for ‘Satan’
Serpent – name meaning a large snake
Idris – The name Idris means studious, smart, or to learn in Arabic.
Auberon – German origin name meaning:noble or royal bear.
Obsidian – Gemstone formed from lava
Strigoi – The term used to refer to the vampire creatures in TV show The Strain
Alumit – Means immortal in Hebrew
Ozul – Unique name that reflects ‘shadow’
Salem – Reflects the concept of ‘complete’, ‘peaceful’
Lennon – May mean ‘little blackbird’ or ‘lover’ in Gaelic
Grendel – creature of darkness, exiled from happiness and accursed of God
Roguee – May mean ‘savage’, ‘unpredictable’ or ‘dishonest’
Requiem – A mass held for the dead in the Roman Catholic Church
Jarlath – In Irish, Jarlath stands for ‘tributary lord’
Davorin – In Slavic mythology, Davor is the god of war
Tartarus – An dungeon of torture in Greek mythology, located in a steep abyss. The name of the titan prison
Malachi – Hebrew origins that point to ‘my angel’ or ‘messenger’
Kazimir – Slavic name that represents ‘peace destroyer’
Thorn – topographic name for someone who lived by a thorn bush or hedge
Riordan – In Irish, Riordan means ‘royal poet’
Israfel – The angel that announces Judgment Day by blowing his horn
Orpheus – Musician and poet from Greek mythology that ventured into the underworld to rescue Eurydice, his dead wife
Valerian – Sedative obtained from the Eurasian plant with the same name
Tearle – English name that symbolizes ‘stem’
Tristan – In addition to the Arthurian legend, Tristan also stands for ‘outcry’
Brendan – Name that springs from ‘small raven’
Jack – name meaning God is gracious. It also has various references for gothic culture
Ywain – ‘Young warrior’ in Arthurian legend
Astrophel – Represents ‘the one who loves stars’
Forrest – A stylised form of forest, in the literal sense
Samael – Hebrew meaning of ‘venom / poison of god’
Gabriel – Inspired by the eponymous archangel
Grimbald – A name meaning one who is fierce
Winter – the coldest season of the year in polar and temperate zones
Khalid – Arabic name that stands for ‘eternal’
Badriyah – Arabic name meaning Resembling the full moon.
Bernia – a name of Gothic origin meaning The angel in armor.
Eve – Biblical; the first woman blamed for the destruction of the garden of Eden
Nightshade – Any of the poisonous plants belonging to the genus Solanum,
Kiera – Irish name meaning little dark one breeze
Adrienne- A Latin name meaning the dark one
Tama – primarily a female name of Japanese origin that means Jewel
Sullivan– Irish name meaning the dark eyed one Draconia – derived from Draconian meaning extremely severe or cruel.
Amaris – From the Latin amarus: bitter
Anastasia – Greek name meaning Resurrection
Medusa – A snake-haired lady who turns people to stone; From Greek mythology
Hecate – Greek goddess connected to demons, witchcraft and the underworld
Ianira – Strongly related to the idea of ‘enchantress’
Aurora – Roman goddess of the morning
Hestia – Can mean ‘fireside’ or ‘star’. Name of Greek goddess of right ordering Hestia
Hesperia – From Greek mythology, Hesperia means ‘rising star’
Garnet – Comes from the deep red gemstone with the same name
Jocasta – Means ‘sparkling moon’
Eris – After the Greek goddess of discord
Elysium – The place where heroes in Greek mythology go when they die
Jevera – Jevera in the Gothic origin, means Life.
Edana – A rough interpretation would be ‘small, fiery one’
Circe – Greek goddess of magic, daughter of the god of the sun Helios
Izora – Izora in the Gothic origin, means Dawn
Danika – Slavic name that stands for ‘Morning Star’
Kairos – Word from ancient Greek that translates to ‘supreme moment’. May also be interpreted as ‘time’
Feronia – In Roman mythology, Feronia was a goddess connected to fertility, abundance, wildlife, health and forests
Dionisia – Comes from the name of the Greek god Dionysus, the god of wine and grape harvest
Morticia – Yet another classic gothic name
Kali – Highly feared Hindu goddess; Sanskrit for ‘the black one’
Autumn – Season when trees shed their leaves
Crimson – Rich, dark red colour, similar to that of blood
Sabrina – In Celtic mythology, Sabrina is the goddess of the Severn river
Calista – Greek origins meaning ‘the woman that is most beautiful’
Minerva – Classic gothic reference for ‘the goddess of wisdom’
Felicia – Romantic name from the Latin felix for ‘happy’
Lisha – Points to the darkness before midnight falls
Drusilla – From the Greek drosos, meaning fruitful, strong one
Calliope – ‘Beautiful voice’ and the ‘muse of poetry’
Gehenna – In the New Testament, Gehenna represents hell, ‘a state or place of torment and pain’
Layla – Indicated ‘night’
Ethelinda – Combines Old English terms ‘noble’ and ‘snake’
Faline – Can be interpreted as ‘feline-like’ or through its Irish origins – ‘in charge’
Diamanda – Derived from the word ‘diamond’; brilliant, precious
Belinda – Can mean ‘bright serpent’ or ‘beautiful’
Poison – anything that kills or injures through its chemical actions.
Kavita – Sanskrit for ‘poem
Gossamer – The thin substance that can be found in small cobwebs
Naenia – In Roman mythology, ‘the goddess of funerals’
Gwendolen – it represents ‘fair’, ‘blessed’ and ‘white’, as well as ‘bow’ or ‘ring’
Elvira – a name of Spanish origin meaning “white, fair
Lamya – Reference for ‘dark lips’
Branwen – Representative for ‘beautiful raven’
Blair – With Celtic, English, Gaelic, Irish and Scottish origins, Blair means ‘from the plain’
Chandra – Means ‘the moon that shines brighter than the stars’
Solanine – The poisonous substance that is in nightshade
Magena – Stands for ‘the moon that is about to come’
Kalonice – Also of Greek origin, Kalonice represents ‘victory of beauty’
Kalma – Goddess of death in Finnish mythology
Joliette – French origins that point to ‘pretty’
Isis – Egyptian goddess of nature and sky Isis was the mother of Horus and wife of Osiris
Lethia – Symbolizes ‘sweet oblivion’
Luna – Latin origins: ‘moon’
Morwenna – Another word for ‘maiden’
Jezebel – Blasphemous biblical queen of Israel
Wednesday – a name derived from the names of two gods
Ordelia – Stands for ‘elf’s spear’
Xylia – A stylised form of Sylvia or Xylon, which stand for ‘forest’
Valentina – Derived from the Latin word for ‘strong’ and ‘healthy’
Narcissa – Feminine version of Narcis; also means ‘daffodil’
Xenobia – In ancient Greek, it stands for ‘the life of Zeus’
Whisper – Literally speaking softly
Umbra – From the Latin word meaning ‘shadow’
Nesta – Welsh name that signifies ‘purity’
Raven – The black bird associated with death and horror
Titania – the queen of the fairies and wife of Oberon
Nissa – Name with Scandinavian origins,meaning ‘friendly elf’
Perdita – Latin for ‘lost’
Ursula – Roots in the Latin word for ‘bear’, ursa
Velvet – Literal meaning; ‘soft’, ‘smooth’
Ophelia – Famous heroine from Shakespeare’s work
Musette – French origins, represents the ‘child of the muses’
Roesia – French name for ‘rose’
Pandora – The first mortal woman in Greek mythology
Vespera – Esperanto for ‘of the evening’
Wanette – Stands for ‘the pale one’
Willow – The name of a graceful and flexible tree. Also symbolized ‘death’ in the Victorian era
Onyx – Black, with reference to the gemstone with the same name
Velika – Slavic name for ‘wonderful’
Renita – Latin word for ‘reborn’
Lilith – Dangerous demon of the night
Timandra – Name that stands for ‘honour’
Scarlett – Stylised version of Scarlet, referencing the colour
Thora – Scandinavian name for ‘thunder’
Blair – Name of Scottish origin meaning “dweller on the plain”.
Rhapsody – An epic poem in Ancient Greece or the expression of feelings with great enthusiasm
Philomena – Greek word for ‘loved’
Orenda – A spiritual force that stands for ‘magic power’
Nirvana – In Buddhism and Hindu, it represents extreme bliss and profound silence
Ulva – Represents the idea of a ‘she-wolf’
Sardonyx – From the gemstone onyx, a red version
Rain – water falling from the sky considered as a blessing.
Vanita – Derived from the ‘vanity’ meaning meaningless
Semyazza – The name of a fallen Christian angel
Wren – A small bird; the name has Old English origins
Osanna – Represents ‘merciful’
Tristessa – From the Latin word that stands for ‘sorrow’
Turaya – Another word for ‘star’
Siren – women or winged creatures whose singing lured unwary sailors on to rocks
Bellatrix – name of Latin origin meaning “female warrior”
Samara – name of Arabic origin meaning “guardian or protected by God
Irina – Irina is an Eastern European form of the Greek-Latin name Irene, which derived from the Greek goddess of peace Eirene.
Claudia – a name of biblical origin meaning lame
Banshee – The Irish fairy who appears to warn a family of death
Ophelia – Derived from Greek (ophelos) meaning “help”.
Rowena – name of Welsh origin meaning “white spear or famous friend”.
From the lovable Addams family
Buffy – meaning God is my oath. Buffy is from English origins
Clarissa – derived from the Latin word clarus, which means bright, clear or famous
Penny – A small sum of money.
Mildred – female English name meaning strength
Remember that the true beauty of a gothic name extends beyond well-chosen letters intertwined in a pleasing manner. The meaning of a name can make it even more unique, reinvigorating the bearer’s attributes.
As you may have seen, many beautiful gothic names have mythological roots. You can select a gothic name inspired by the god or goddess with whom you have the strongest connection.
Whichever name you choose, make sure it accurately reflects your dog’s personality, qualities, and any other characteristics you consider.