Witch names come to mind every autumn!
Fictional witches have worn so many fantastic names. Some, like Elphaba, fascinate – but seem like a stretch as a child’s given name.
This list focuses on witch names perfectly wearable for a real girl – black cat, bubbling cauldron, and magical powers not required.
Read on for some of the most bewitching witch names ever worn.
BORROWED FROM BOOKS
Have you read A Discovery of Witches? Diana is a super-smart witch who has been trying very hard to deny that such things exist. Until she falls in love with a vampire. And embarks on a bunch of other adventures. The third book in the trilogy came out in 2014, and a television adaptation followed.
ESME and ESMERALDA
We usually think of Esme as the vampire matriarch of Twilight. But Terry Pratchett’s Discworld gives us a bewitching Esme, also known as Granny. Her full name? Esmeralda Weatherwax.
The Harry Potter heroine has a great name – a stand-out Greek antique that clearly belongs on this list of witch names. Miss Granger inspired a list of names with similar qualities: Inspired by Hermione: Strong, Smart Girl Names.
FLEUR, GINEVRA, LAVENDER, LILY, LUNA, MINERVA, MOLLY
There are whole posts filled with great names of Hermione’s fellow witches from the Harry Potter world. These are just a few that come to mind.
Miss Granger’s polar opposite, Mildred is the bottom of the class at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches in The Worst Witch books. Despite her frequent misadventures and clumsiness with a spell or two, Mildred is brave, kind – and generally manages to save the day.
AGATHA, CLARICE, DRUSILLA, ETHEL, ENID, FENELLA, MAUD, SYBIL
More characters from The Worst Witch world.
Queen of vampire literature Anne Rice also penned a highly successful series about a family of witches, stretching back generations. In The Witching Hour, Rowan Mayfair has grown up far away from her extended family in New Orleans, a brilliant surgeon who knows nothing about her family’s unusual past – or her destiny.
ANTHA, DEBORAH, EMALETH, JEANNE LOUISE, MARIE CLAUDETTE, MARY BETH, STELLA, SUZANNE
More witch names from the Mayfair family. Some are considered villains, and others are relatively minor characters. But they make for a fascinating family tree.
SERAFINA and SERAPHINA
Witch queen Serafina appeared in Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass. The Fantastic Beasts series introduced us to another bewitching Seraphina, this time president of the Magical Congress of the United States during the 1920s.
ALEXANDRA, JANE, and SUKIE
The trio headlined John Updike’s 1984 novel The Witches of Eastwick.
Her full name is Alexandra Margarita Russo, but Selena Gomez usually answered to the boyish Alex on Wizards of Waverly Place. The Disney Channel series prefers to call the Russos – male and female – wizards, but it still fits with witch names.
Did you watch HBO’s True Blood? Season 4 took the mild-mannered Marnie, a practicing witch, and mixed her up with the spirit of a sixteenth century witch named Antonia. Powerful Antonia is seeking vengeance on all vampires. As a given name, Antonia ranks as a lovely, literary, and underused classic.
BONNIE, DAVINA, LIV, SOPHIE
Strictly speaking, The Vampire Diaries – and spin-offs – focused on, well, vampires. But the long-running franchise introduced us to all sorts of supernatural creatures with some amazing names. These are just a few of the witches we’ve met.
FREYA, INGRID, JOANNA, WENDY
Lifetime’s Witches of East End ended abruptly mid-cliffhanger. But the names of the Beauchamp family women definitely merit a place on this list – sisters Joanna and Wendy, and next generation witches Freya and Ingrid.
The writers chose names that were already steeped in legend, lore, and pop culture. Wendy the Good Little Witch was a companion to Casper the Friendly Ghost in comic books. And there’s a real-life medieval Swedish noblewoman, Ingrid Ylva, sometimes said to be a white witch. TV series Vikings also gives the name to a powerful woman who casts a spell or three.
HETTIE, MONA, CRESSIE
The Worst Witch inspired a television show that was so successful it lasted into the college years. Then along came The New Worst Witch, featuring Mildred’s cousin, Henrietta – called Hettie. Cresentmoon – Cressie for short – is one of the few character names that feels wildly over-the-top, but nickname Cressie might be wearable.
Smallville’s girl next door Lana Lang grows up over the series’ run, and suffers some pretty unbelievable trials. During one of them, a seventeenth century French witch possesses her. The witch answers to Isobel.
MACY, MELANIE, MAGGIE, MARISOL
The 2018 edition of Charmed gave us three sisters with M names, inspired by the origin Halliwell three. Marisol was their mom.
PHOEBE, PRUE, PIPER, PAIGE
The three Halliwell sisters from Charmed, plus half-sister Paige, battled mystical baddies and generally saved the world over eight eventful seasons.
A young Melissa Joan Hart played The Teenage Witch on television, though the character originated in the Archie comics.
Back in the 1960s, Samantha masqueraded as an ordinary housewife, despite her status as a witch. The sitcom established the name as a go-to favorite.
TABITHA, CLARA, SERENA
Bewitched’s cast expanded by one when Samantha and Darrin welcomed daughter Tabitha – also a witch. Grandma Endora tricked the couple into choosing the name. Bewitched characters also included Clara and Serena.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s brainy BFF started out as a research assistant. As the series progressed, Willow learned witchcraft and joined the good fight in a whole other way.
BORROWED FROM MOVIES
The menace in The Blair Witch Project is named Elly, but Blair still fits on this list of witch names.
BONNIE, NANCY, SARAH, ROCHELLE
This quartet comes from 1996 high school movie/witch flick The Craft.
Eglantine comes from Bedknobs and Broomsticks, the enduring Disney flick from the 1960s. While the story comes from an earlier book, Angela Landsbury’s big screen performance makes the name unforgettable.
Originally a series of novels, L. Frank Baum’s witches answered to lots of lovely names. While Glinda and Elphaba seem a little Wicked, Evanora stands out. The character first appeared in Oz the Great and Powerful. This Eva-Nora smoosh seems very in step with current trends.
GILLIAN, SALLY, FRANCES, BRIDGET (JET), KYLIE, ANTONIA
In 1998’s Practical Magic, a heartbroken witch cast a spell preventing her descendants from a happily ever after.
GWEN, MARNIE, SOPHIE, SAGE, SAPPHIRE, ANEESA, AGGIE
Back in 1998, Halloweentown debuted on the Disney Channel. The series gave us plenty of amazing witch names. Three sequels, and even more great names, followed.
In 1942, Veronica Lake played Jennifer in I Married A Witch. Her character? A seventeenth century witch newly arrived in mid-twentieth century America. Jennifer skyrocketed in use in the years following the movie’s release.
In 1989’s Teen Witch, Louise celebrates her sixteenth birthday. The big surprise? She discovers that she possesses some serious magical powers.
MARY, SARAH, WINIFRED
The Sanderson sisters of Hocus Pocus wore these three names. While the movie wasn’t a big hit in 1993, it’s since become a cult classic.
WITCH NAMES EVERYWHERE
A witch name taken straight from Arthurian legend.
The friendly witch, friend of equally un-threatening ghost Casper, came out of the comic strip.
Would you consider any of these witch names for a daughter? Are there other names that should be on this list?
This post was published on October 18, 2013. It was revised and republished on October 28, 2016 and again on October 2, 2021.
C in DC says
One of my first name crushes was Lucinda from The Little Leftover Witch (novel). But, she’s the human. Felina is the witch and Itchabody is the cat.
Ooh … I don’t think I know that one! Itchabody = ha!
Marnie from Halloweentown
Wanda aka the Scarlett Witch
Miranda, Alexandra and Camryn from Twitches
C. C. Donoho says
My witch name would be Claudette Spellcaster !! Cool !!
C. C. Donoho says
Samantha from Bewitched and Glenda from The Wizard of Oz are my fave witch names !! Have a daughter named Samantha and a great friend named Glenda !!
I had no idea I had a worst witch namesake 😉 My middle name is Gillian and Bell, Book, and Candle was the saving grace of it growing up. I otherwise disliked it being mistaken for “Gilligan” stateside. I admit to loving just about all fictitious witch names, and if my husband didn’t oppose it so terribly I would use Tabitha in a heartbeat.
Evanora, Sabrina, Ginevra and Winifred all seem quite wearable. And I love Eglantine…”egg” and all.
Is Esmerelda/Esmeralda usable? I really love it. Have since I was little. Esme is wearable and lovely but I ADORE the longer forms.
And where’s Gytha? Where Esmerelda Weatherwax is, surely Gytha Ogg is right behind? It’s a real name, too, and the Aggie post last week or so made me think that Gytha/Agytha could be possible?
I adore Sabrina and Tabitha. Tabitha, however, *always* gets witch comments when I bring it up, but Sabrina seems to fly a bit more low-key.
Josie, fair point about Gytha. Until I read your comment, I completely forgot that I wrote this: But is Gyda/Gytha wearable in 2013? Hmmm … she’s fascinating, that’s for sure. Maybe in the middle …
I have come to really adore the name Bellatrix, and it has a great origin and meaning (latin meaning female warrior, also the name of a constellation). However, because of my love for Harry Potter series, and my hopes that my kids will read and love it, I cannot even consider using it. I have used it to name some of my video game characters though 🙂
I just watched Practical Magic in honor of Halloween – it has some good witches named Sally, Gillian, Frances, Bridget, Kylie, and Antonia (three generations)
Ha.. I clearly need to read better you already nailed practical magic! I love the generations…
One of my favorite things in fiction is stories with generations – doesn’t matter the genre, I am always tempted to read just to see how the author names the family over the years! 🙂
If Bellatrix weren’t such a villain, I’m sure she’d be in greater use – so much there to embrace! But the books … and Helena Bonham Carter in the movies … I’ve heard JK Rowling describe the character as “the female Death Eater par excellence.” That she is! Maybe we need a few more nuanced fictional characters to claim the name, then we can reconsider her for real girls …
I’m with you on Elphaba- not for me. I wouldn’t be super surprised to see it on a child, however, and it has the cute nickname Ellie, so perhaps wearable?
My favorite on this list is Enid, which I have been struggling with for months. I love the meanings, love that it is Welsh, but is it wearable?
I also like Isobel, Tabitha, Eglantine, Frances, and Wendy. I especially like Wendy as a nickname for Wednesday.
Wendy for Wednesday is clever! Is Enid wearable? I want to say yes, but if I think about similar vintage E names, I’m not sure. I’d say she is less wearable than Esther and Edith, but more wearable than Ethel. I think she’d be misheard as Eden, but then, that’s never stopped me from considering a name. (All names are misheard, at least some of the time.) So … maybe? I’m torn.
Good point about Ellie/Elphaba, too. And I did love the book AND the musical …
I think Enid is wearable, makes me think of the recent rise for Esme, which may have seemed unapproachable.