Gothic Dog Names

Dogs don't have to be cute and fluffy creatures... they can also be as dark as your soul. Choose one of these gothic dog names for the ultimate alternative pup.

Gothic Dog Names

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All Gothic Dog Names

  • Meaning: Sanskrit for 'sky
  • Meaning: From the Gothic name Alareiks, which meant "ruler of all", derived from the Germanic element ala "all" combined with ric "ruler". This was the name of a king of the Visigoths who sacked Rome in the 5th century.
  • Meaning: (Jungian psychology) the inner self (not the external persona) that is in touch with the unconscious
  • Ash
    Meaning: Success
  • Meaning: The goddess of dawn in greco-roman mythology
  • Meaning: Fearsome witch-like figure.
  • Meaning: An Irish spirit.
  • Meaning: Noble Man
  • Meaning: From Egyptian bꜣstjt, a variant of Bast. This form of the name, was given to her after the similar goddess Sekhmet (protector of Upper Egypt) became more important.
  • Meaning: Ghostly hijinks ensue.
  • Meaning: Beautiful; short for Isabella.
  • Meaning: Originally it meant 'female warrior' in Latin, but it's had a pop culture revival thanks to the character Bellatrix Lestrange in the 'Harry Potter' series.
  • Meaning: Lucky black cat.
  • Meaning: Battlefield Or Plain
  • Meaning: Bright and shiny.
  • Meaning: A name for a badass but cute dog.
  • Meaning: Short form of Abraham. This name was borne by Bram Stoker (1847-1912), the Irish author who wrote Dracula.
  • Meaning: "Strong, brave man"
  • Meaning: From buffy the vampire slayer television series.
  • Meaning: From the fortress
  • Meaning: An element in carbon dioxide.
  • Meaning: Latinized form of Greek Κίρκη (Kirke), possibly from κίρκος (kirkos) meaning "hawk". In Greek mythology Circe was a sorceress who changed Odysseus's crew into hogs, as told in Homer's Odyssey. Odysseus forced her to change them back, then stayed with her for a year before continuing his voyage.
  • Meaning: Created by the French composer Adolphe Adam for one of the main characters in his opera Le toréador (1849). He probably based it on the name Coralie. It was also used by the author Neil Gaiman for the young heroine in his novel Coraline (2002). Gaiman has stated that in this case the name began as a typo of Caroline.
  • Meaning: Earth Mineral Or Brilliant Glass
  • Meaning: One-eyed giants in greek mythology
  • Meaning: French form of Damian.
  • Meaning: Steadfast
  • Meaning: invulnerable to fear or intimidation
  • Meaning: Ancient Greek name derived from δῆμος (demos) meaning "the people".
  • Meaning: Right-handed, skilled
  • Meaning: Devil in Spanish.
  • Meaning: comprises tropical American species usually placed in genus Masdevallia: diminutive plants having bizarre and often sinister-looking flowers with pendulous scapes and motile lips
  • Meaning: From a surname (of unknown meaning) that was used in the movie The Crow (1994).
  • Meaning: Leader, commander, governor of a province
  • Meaning: Dark Black-wooded Tree
  • Meaning: Rich Spear
  • Meaning: inspiring a feeling of fear; strange and frightening
  • Meaning: Foreign And True
  • Meaning: From the English word essence, which means either "odour, scent" or else "fundamental quality". Ultimately it derives from Latin esse "to be".
  • Meaning: a shallow salt lake in south central Australia about 35 feet below sea level; the largest lake in the country and the lowest point on the continent
  • Meaning: Beautiful
  • Fay
    Meaning: English for beautiful
  • Meaning: From the surname Frankenstein, used by Mary Shelley in her 1818 novel of the same name for the scientist Victor Frankenstein. The monster that Frankenstein created, which has no name in the novel, is sometimes called Frankenstein in modern speech, as if it were his given name.
  • Meaning: A goddess of love in norse mythology
  • Meaning: state of violent mental agitation
  • Meaning: an ornament consisting of a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal
  • Meaning: used as a lubricant and as a moderator in nuclear reactors
  • Meaning: (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous
  • Meaning: Grey-haired
  • Meaning: Bunny
  • Meaning: Safe Place
  • Meaning: Short for Stephen Hawking.
  • Meaning: From the Greek Ἑκάτη (Hekate), possibly derived from ἑκάς (hekas) meaning "far off". In Greek mythology Hecate was a goddess associated with witchcraft, crossroads, tombs, demons and the underworld.
  • Hex
    Meaning: an evil spell
  • Meaning: Magic trickery/deception.
  • Meaning: A woman who hunts in mythology
  • Meaning: Russian form of Yngvarr (see Ingvar). The Varangians brought it to Russia in the 10th century. It was borne by two grand princes of Kiev. Famous bearers include Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), a Russian composer whose most famous work is The Rite of Spring, and Igor Sikorsky (1889-1972), the Russian-American designer of the first successful helicopter.
  • Imp
    Meaning: one who is playfully mischievous
  • Meaning: Good and evil duality.
  • Jet
    Meaning: To move or travel rapidly, especially if jet-propelled.
  • Meaning: Unexalted
  • Meaning: Energetic
  • Meaning: Cloud or spider web.
  • Meaning: Dear One
  • Meaning: A pop culture name that now refers to a strong, sassy girl.
  • Meaning: The sneaky and trickster god in Norse mythology.
  • Meaning: Horror cosmic mystery.
  • Meaning: Means "bringing light", derived from Latin lux "light" and ferre "to bring". In Latin this name originally referred to the morning star, Venus, but later became associated with the chief angel who rebelled against God's rule in heaven (see Isaiah 14:12). In later literature, such as the Divine Comedy (1321) by Dante and Paradise Lost (1667) by John Milton, Lucifer became associated with Satan himself.
  • Meaning: The divine embodiment of the moon in greek mythology
  • Meaning: Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Medb meaning "intoxicating". In Irish legend this was the name of a warrior queen of Connacht. Her fight against Ulster and the hero Cúchulainn is told in the Irish epic The Cattle Raid of Cooley.
  • Meaning: Evil, wicked, malicious, cruel
  • Meaning: Noble, bad bloodline.
  • Meaning: The most famous of the monster figures known as gorgons in greek mythology
  • Meaning: 12:00 AM
  • Meaning: Feminine form of Morgan 1.
  • Meaning: Gothic, dark beauty.
  • Meaning: Mystery and enigma.
  • Meaning: Goddess of mythos.
  • Meaning: Vampire horror movie.
  • Meaning: New; a star that suddenly releases a huge burst of energy, temporarily becoming extraordinarily bright.
  • Meaning: a Greek epic poem (attributed to Homer) describing the journey of Odysseus after the fall of Troy
  • Meaning: a cruel wicked and inhuman person
  • Meaning: Black Gemstone
  • Meaning: The first woman in greek mythology
  • Meaning: A long-lived bird in greek mythology.
  • Meaning: Fairy
  • Poe
    Meaning: United States writer and poet (1809-1849)
  • Meaning: a ghost that announces its presence with rapping and the creation of disorder
  • Meaning: a vulcanized rubber disk 3 inches in diameter that is used instead of a ball in ice hockey
  • Meaning: God's grace
  • Meaning: Rebellious.
  • Meaning: From the English word reign, derived from Latin regnum "royal power".
  • Meaning: Noble protector/warrior.
  • Meaning: a city in western New York; a center of the photographic equipment industry
  • Meaning: Latinized form of Habren, the original Welsh name of the River Severn. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Sabrina was the name of a princess who was drowned in the Severn. Supposedly the river was named for her, but it is more likely that her name was actually derived from that of the river, which is of unknown meaning. She appears as a water nymph in John Milton's masque Comus (1634). It was popularized as a given name by Samuel A. Taylor's play Sabrina Fair (1953) and the movie adaptation that followed it the next year.
  • Meaning: Peace
  • Meaning: one who is playfully mischievous
  • Meaning: United States gangster who terrorized Chicago during prohibition until arrested for tax evasion (1899-1947)
  • Meaning: The goddess of the Moon in Greek mythology
  • Meaning: Mythical sea creature shape-shifter.
  • Meaning: From The Sloping Field
  • Meaning: Hybrid girl.
  • Meaning: someone who causes the death of a person or animal
  • Meaning: to pass or move unobtrusively or smoothly
  • Meaning: Smoky, hazy, foggy, misty.
  • Meaning: a woman sorcerer
  • Meaning: From the name of the bird, ultimately from Old English spearwa.
  • Meaning: Variant of Star.
  • Meaning: Star
  • Meaning: To deliver a violent attack or assault. barrage.
  • Meaning: (Greek mythology) a river in Hades across which Charon carried dead souls
  • Meaning: an elemental being believed to inhabit the air
  • Meaning: a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf
  • Meaning: Strong.
  • Meaning: angling by drawing a baited line through the water
  • Meaning: Dusk
  • Meaning: Father
  • Meaning: provide (a shoe) with a new vamp
  • Meaning: Soft Fabric
  • Meaning: Prince of Wallachia.
  • Meaning: One who uses magic
  • Meaning: Destitute, bereft
  • Meaning: From The Willow Grove
  • Meaning: a city in southern England; administrative center of Hampshire
  • Meaning: Peaceful friend
  • Meaning: The Season
  • Meaning: a female sorcerer or magician
  • Meaning: Battle maid

Spooky Dog Names

Love horror movies and Halloween? Or just want to scare the life out of your neighbours? These spooky dog names could be right up your (dark) alley!

Meaning: Bright and shiny.
Meaning: From The Willow Grove
Meaning: Bright, Sweet
Meaning: Dark-colored.
Meaning: Black Gemstone
Meaning: Soul
Meaning: Fall Season
Meaning: From The Moon
Meaning: Steadfast
Meaning: Impetuous Nature
Meaning: Edgy.
Meaning: Noble

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Our guide to the best gothic dog names

Gothic culture has had a profound impact on art, music, fashion and architecture for decades, and has gone through multiple revivals. It represents the darker aspects of life, focusing boldly on magic, terror and gloom.

While these aren’t traits we commonly associate with dogs, giving your dog a gothic name shows a powerful, non-conformist personality, and also gives your pup a touch of humorous irony. You already know if you’re a fan of gothic culture, or consider yourself to be a goth – and if that’s the case, you’ll be naturally drawn to some of these unconventional but striking gothic dog names.

For male dogs, we love the simplicity and natural touch of the name Thorn. As much as we adore our furry friends, they can often be a thorn in our side, especially as puppies – and what better way to make fun of that than with this spiky dog name!

Another gorgeous name for boys is Onyx. This refers to the black gemstone, which already represents rarity and beauty, and we simply love the way it sounds. It would be a great option for black Labs and Border Collies, among other dark-coloured breeds. If you’re into pop culture, Dexter also ticks all the boxes. The popular television series is full of gothic symbols, like blood, torture chambers and mysterious disappearances.

For females, Zelda is a lovable choice for all kinds of reasons. Not only does it inspire thoughts of the famous Nintendo princess, but it also comes from the feminine name Griselda, which may originally have meant "dark battle”. This name isn’t limited to black dogs either.

For dogs on the smaller side, we think Pixie is adorably cute while paying homage to gothic magic. And for something less common, we love Selene. This refers to the Greek goddess of the moon, so it’s as dark or glittering as you want it to be.

Gothic Dog Names: Stats


As of February 2023, gothic dog names seem increasingly popular with new puppy owners. Our stats show that they are more fashionable than they were six months ago.

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