Boo! Scary and Sweet Names for Halloween

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Happy Halloween!  I don’t think there are many things scarier this year than the looming election or killer clowns, but that doesn’t stop me from reminiscing about simpler times when the scariest item was the friendly neighborhood Grim Reaper, who’d still give you candy.

Here is an eerie selection of Halloween-themed baby names, mostly from movies or the bounties of trick-or-treating!  Almost all were used in the U.S. in 2015; data comes from the Social Security Administration.

Candy – 52 girls. 

  • Kit – 40 boys, 28 girls. Kit-Kats, anyone?
  • Mars – 27 boys.  Mars is a delicious British chocolate bar not very well known in the U.S., but some groceries carry them in the international aisle. 
  • Reese – #173 for girls, #701 among boys.  Reese is an anglicized spelling of original Rhys, which is Welsh.  Reese also gives its name to the peanut butter cup and Reese Witherspoon. 
  • Ruth – 293rd most popular girls’ name in the U.S.  The Goonies puts it best: “Baby Rooooth?”

Movies:

The Addams Family (1991) inspires a line of scary names.  Can you believe the movie is leaving Netflix on the 1st? 😦

  • Morticia – Under 5 in 2015, but 5 were born in 2014.
  • Tully – 8 boys.  Tully was the family’s lawyer.   
  • Wednesday – 60 girls.

I’d love to meet a Gomez, though I doubt that will happen anytime soon. 

I finally saw Dracula (1931) this weekend.  Bela Lugosi had a serious troll-face going on; someone get him a Guy Fawkes mask!

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Dracula, 1931

  • Bela – 16 girls, 7 boys.  Actor Bela Lugosi was *the* stereotypical Dracula.  Bela is an Eastern European men’s name.  When given to girls, it’s more likely a variant of Bella.
  • Mina – #761 among girls, plus 20 boys.
  • Harker – 5 boys.

And what’s Halloween without a little Hocus Pocus (1993)?

  • Thackery – 8 boys.  For the longest time I thought Binx’s first name was Zachary, but in fact it’s Thackery!  How fantastic! 
  • Winifred – 156 girls.  Winifred Sanderson is sister to Mary and Sarah and very much the head witch of their group.

Since I’m writing this on the eve of Halloween, I must also mention The Crow (1994).  That movie gave us the name Draven, which still ranks in the top 1000 (currently #861) over twenty years later.

Miscellany:

  • Apple – 14 girls.  Whether you’re bobbing for apples, imbibing cider, or Snow White on her way to bed, your Halloween festivities may include this fruit. 
  • Arachne – Chances are you’ll never meet someone called Arachne, but according to Greek mythology, she was transformed into a spider after a weaving competition against Athena.  Hence, the word “arachnid.” 
  • Jack – #40 for boys.  Have you ever made a Jack O’Lantern?

Like any of these names?  Are there any I’m missing?  Let me know in the comments! 


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