Good girls are overrated. Quite similarly, angelic names, which are overused and even given (albeit with delicious irony) to evil women, are way over-used. Someone needs to bring back evil names. They're excellent.
For your perusal, I have collected some of the greatest evil girl names. Some of them are inspired by actual evil women and girls in history; others belong to fictional characters. If you're expecting, I humbly suggest you consider one of these names for your evil spawn. If you're just looking for a name for one of your new goldfish, perhaps you, too, may find this listing inspiring. If your name is listed below, I tip my hat to you. Thanks for having an awesome, sinister name!
Evil Girl Names Inspired by History
There is something to be said for historical legacies. These names are evil not because of their sound, per se, but because of the mean girls who rode them to infamy.
- Beverly - This name belonged to Beverly Allitt, one of the most famous serial (child!) killers in the UK. She was also known as the Angel of Death!
- Belle - Cast aside your associations between this name and cute Disney movies; one ACTUAL previous owner of this name was Belle Gunness, another serial killer (and a tall one, at 6 feet) who killed various men and her own children in the name of insurance payouts
- Myra - This can be a somewhat evil-sounding name if you say it with the right inflection, but what spins Myra into true evil territory is Myra Hindley, who, with the help of an accomplice, abused, tortured, and murdered three children and two teenagers.
- Llse - What a pretty name, and what an evil woman who once possessed it! Ilse Koch was also known as the Witch of Buchenwald thanks to her penchant for torture (of Nazi concentration camp inmates) and her rather disgusting collection of victims' tattoos she kept as souvenirs.
- Irma - Irma sounds kind of like "irksome," giving it some evil-sounding potential, and Irma Grese adds weight to the name thanks to her brutal and sadistic work as a guard at Nazi concentration camps.
- Mary - Because of its popularity, this name has managed to rack up a decent number of evil possessors, including Queen Mary I (aka Bloody Mary), who was known for her excessive Protestant executions, and Mary Anne Cotton (aka the Poison Mistress), another English woman known for poisoning as many as 20 people with arsenic.
- Delphine - What a pretty name, no? Too bad (or how fortunate!) that it has been sullied by one Delphine Lalaurie, a New Orleans socialite who dismembered her slaves. Of all the evil historical women featured above, Delphine is perhaps the scariest (she even mutilated her slaves to make them look like crabs and caterpillars by slicing and dismembering them).
- Lizzie - Recommended by drbj in the comments below, Lizzie Borden was suspected of murdering her father and stepmother with a hatchet in 1892 (she was acquitted, but her infamy lived on and she became an American folk legend).
- Rhonda - Suggested by mega1 in the comments, Rhonda hails from The Bad Seed and had a penchant for dumping bodies down the apartment incinerator shoot.
Evil Girl Names Inspired by Fiction
History is without a doubt full of evil women, but some of the most colorful characters hail from fictional realms. Here are some of the best evil girl names from works of fiction:
- Poison Ivey - Why not start out with a colorful name? Poison Ivey is great- illustrative, fun, horticultural, and associated with one of the coolest comic book villains out there. What's not to love about eco-friendliness?
- Maleficent - An excellent evil-sounding name, Meleficent carries both majesty and cold steel, plus is associated with perhaps the trademark evil Disney Character
- Cruella - Another evil Disney character with an obviously evil sounding name, Cruella is a great name for those choosing something a bit more playful-sounding than Maleficent, which may be a bit too stuffy for all occasions.
- Medea - If you want to have an evil girl name that brings up associations with ruthless revenge, this is an excellent, classic choice.
- Mystique - With the X-men films being so popular and comics also enjoying a (much deserved) rise in popularity, it would be criminal of me to leave Mystique out. The name is fabulous, and contains just the right amount of ambiguity, plus the fictional character is just plain awesome.
- Bellatrix - This name packs a double punch as it is associated not only with the name Belle (see above historical evil names) but also with Bellatrix Lestrange, an exquisitely evil character from the Harry Potter series.
- Ursula - Yes, another Disney name, but Disney knows what they're doing when it comes to evil-sounding names and clearly evil characters. Besides, how can one leave out an octopus? Clearly female octopi are brilliant evil role models.
- O-Ren - A lovely name on its own, O-Ren became even better with the advent of O-Ren Ishii from Kill Bill. Forget the Bride; O-Ren was the best character in the entire film. Besides, two-syllable names make for great evil girl names, as one does not have time to utter long titles when being slain by their proprietresses.
- Lavinia - A lovely villainess from The Little Princess whose evil-sounding name has a wonderful ring of stuck-up-ness to it! Thanks to Kate Spenser for the suggestion :D
- Nina - Recommended by jpmc in the comments, this Nina Myers was an excellent evil character in the 24.
- Medusa - While some evil names are re-appropriated by good people, folks have pretty much left this name alone. The reputation of its first, snake-haired dangerous owner was just too much! Thanks again to drbj for adding this to the list.
- Lamia - Suggested by visionandfocus, this name is associated with a classically evil woman. I mean, what's more classic than having a penchant for devouring kids?
What is YOUR favorite evil girl name?
Did I miss one of your favorite evil girl names above? My mistake. Leave it in the comments, and I'll add it in. After all, there are many evil women out there, both fictional and historical (and contemporary!). It takes a village to name them all!
lucy_eatsleeplokiOnWattpad on May 26, 2020:
Ever heard of 'Hela'? Loki and Thor's evil sister, her name deprives from the world 'Hell' and it certainly fits her character well. No mercy, not even for her family.
the gamer on May 12, 2020:
Morbid on February 02, 2020:
The name literally says so, it's creepy..
R V Datmir on July 29, 2019:
I recently discovered another one, Asenath. It derives from Hebrew and means "She Who Belongs To Her Father," which gives its most famous bearer, Asenath Waite from H. P. Lovecraft's "The Thing on the Doorstep," a much creepier aspect.
Juliette Jones from Vancouver Island, BC, Canada on October 29, 2018:
How about Darlene? Hey, you didn't have to work with her...:)
R V Datmir on September 18, 2018:
I have a few favourites: Naina, after the evil sorceress from Alexander Pushkin's 1820 fairy tale poem "Ruslan and Liudmila," or Lilith, after Adam's legendary estranged first wife (too much of a feminist for God or Adam's liking), or Tamara as in the murderous seductress from Mikhail Lermontov's poem of the same name.
Chrysalys_Empires on September 02, 2018:
Lamia is actually a mythical witch. Lamia witches are like winged serpents and are preety evil.
Witch in the Woods on May 18, 2018:
I like Medea. Hey at least no babies died.
Unknown on May 10, 2018:
I know this is a goddess's name and she's known for her beauty and all. BUT, she kills anyone more beautiful than her. Sheesh, talk about jealous.
Josey on June 28, 2017:
How about Susan? Susan Atkins, Susan Smith.....
Ilsa Snow on June 21, 2016:
In the article name list you wrote "Llsa" but in the description you wrote "Ilsa" as in "Ilsa Koch". Immediate correction of your mistake is highly recommended.
Kaylee Brooke Deel on March 05, 2016:
Jane is a evil name
Jennifer Mugrage from Columbus, Ohio on January 20, 2016:
Athalia ... a Hebrew queen who had her own grandchildren killed in a purge
And I've always liked the name Desdemona. She was a good character in the Shakespeare play, but the SOUND of the name is priceless.
bell on October 17, 2015:
what about some long one's so i can use them in my fairy tale
Insert name here on August 27, 2015:
So, I am thinking dark names for girls could include,
Chalice (cup that holds blood)
Minerva (roman goddess of war and music)
Hestia (goddess name, and just sounds a little creepy to me)
And Echo. (I mean really. Tell me echo isn't slightly creepy!)
Melinda Bradley on March 26, 2015:
The Bad Seed's tiny, tap dancing, killer is not RHONDA.. It's none other than the lovely Rhoda Penmark. An unfortunate mistake for this classic movie! ;@}~
Lamia on March 14, 2015:
My name is Lamia, I'm kinda pretty but I've a little side of evil . Is it because of my name??
Jewell on February 07, 2015:
Thank you so much! I FINALLY found an evil name to put in my book that I'm writing.
DAnkrum on January 30, 2015:
Not really an "evil" name but I have always been a fan of the name Dahlia...and that certainly has evil associated with it!!
iwantuqtpi on June 05, 2014:
Not funny when using pain, horror aND evil for fun. Have you been to to red or watched someone you love be tortured or looked into the the face of \ruefully evil? Believe me... n [the funny. Stick to fiction or mythology. The real thing is seductive, deceptive, horribly pleasureabe aND addictive. Don't dabble.you may find yourself as a patron of hell with a taste for devouring innocence. Don't dabble, glamorize, or tempt. You have no idea.
FluffyCats on December 14, 2013:
Cool! And gross...and creepy! But cool! And I'm using Cruella as a character in a book I am writing, not professional, but I did get it from Disney!
How long did it take you to find all of this?
MHall21 on November 18, 2013:
Great list,but what about the name Elizabeth mainly because of the Blood Countess from the Kingdom of Hungary Elizabeth Báthory and of course the name Katherine. But still a great list, I believe that some of the other most evil names are the most evil women in history.
queenofdarkness on September 13, 2013:
Here’s some more good “dark” names, fictional and non-fictional.
The Greek goddess of sorcery and magic, who in the Percy Jackson series joined with the evil Titan Lord.
The evil enchantress from Greek mythology. Not to be confused with the Roman goddess of agriculture.
Often associated with Blackbeard’s ship, Queen Ann’s Revenge.
The evil goddess of the Earth.
Ken Taub from Long Island, NY on June 22, 2013:
No, but if you were Laura from Cleveland, look out...
Laura Deibel from Aurora, CO on June 21, 2013:
I'm very pleased that none of the names you listed included mine!
Bill Russo from Cape Cod on June 20, 2013:
An unusual topic Simone and you did a fine job on it!
Shakespeare wondered 'What's in a name?". Actually some names carry the weight of predestination. If you name your boy "Rocky", he is likely to be an athlete - maybe a boxing champ. Call your son Matt and he may face a life of being stepped on. To call your boy Lance would be to condemn him to a life of using sharp sticks. Girls' names? Stay away from Virginia!!! They may call her Virgin for short; but.......
Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on June 20, 2013:
I think evil is in the eye of the beholder. None of your creepy chick names really struck me as particularly bad, but I'll bet I could compose a long laundry list of my own if I sat and thought about it for a while, and it would be made up entirely of women who have done me dirty. Very interesting topic.
Ken Taub from Long Island, NY on June 20, 2013:
You're a rip Simone...
Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on May 20, 2013:
Oh man, rasmus. The name alone makes it notable. Thanks for sharing!
Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on May 20, 2013:
Very interesting, kim hyuna! I had no heard of Elizabeth Bathory!
rasmus on May 16, 2013:
kim hyuna on May 05, 2013:
elizabeth sounds good because of queen elizabeth but there is elizabeth bathory killed 600 plus women
Diane Van Hook from CT on April 14, 2013:
One that I find popping up in fiction is Darla, and for the sake of clarity, I'll list chronologically to how I found them:
1. Buffy/Angel - Angelus's sire on the show, taught him everything about being a vampire and being evil. I know she redeems herself in the end, and it's not her human name(she was so named by the Master), but I hated her a lot.
2. Charmed - The alias of the succubus in the episode where Prue gets turned into a man, and (surprise! not.) she's blonde, and somewhat buxom.
3. Finding Nem0 - The dentist's niece aka "The Fish Killer" according to the tank crew. The most innocuous of the trio, but I found it funny that she had that name.
I AM NOT TELLING U MY NAME! on December 19, 2012:
What about: Top 5 most beatuifal girl names? I'm thinking about names for the sims 3. I watch IPodZeke12 on youtube; he does awesome sims 3 showtime videos. By the way, I'm Plashme2 on youtube :). (I do not post videos, just comment, like and subscribe.)
Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on November 17, 2012:
And my husband named my two growing (pregnant) tummies Irma!!! Thankfully they were fellahs!
Medea is one of the greatest stories and the hardest to tell. She murdered her children for goodness sake - well that's what she said.
Fun hub and love that photo of Irma! What a beauty!
Bad girls. hmm, will think on this and try to come up with some.
Voting, pinning too, (I have a 'bad, nasty' category).
epigramman on June 24, 2012:
I need to bookmark this delicious hub subject for future reference - I love writing about bad girls - so thank you for the literary inspiration - lake erie time ontario canada 9:54pm
The other Nina on June 01, 2012:
You used my name. Other than that great!
Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on April 04, 2012:
Intense move, Juana!
Juana on April 03, 2012:
I names my daughter Lilith Rose :)
water from china on January 12, 2012:
what's this place for? it's my first time here,feeling weird.and i would like to visit this website often in future
Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on January 09, 2012:
fLaMeKaT on January 06, 2012:
Dedmoroz on December 21, 2011:
•Cruella - an evil name? Yeah...I figured lol
Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on December 12, 2011:
Interesting! Hella, as I know it, is a slang term that emerged from Oakland! It'd be interesting to see it develop into a formal name... it does have a nice ring to it!
pheebz on December 11, 2011:
i think Hella is a good evil name for a girl. i dont know where it comes from, i just heard it somewhere. i think it might be pagan or wiccan, something like that
Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on December 09, 2011:
As bad as this sounds, ryankett, Aryan Nation sounds like a really cool name for a band. Doesn't it? Just SOUNDS trendy! Though jeez... those parents are exceedingly strange.
Nat Amaral from BC Canada on November 22, 2011:
Chilling! It's so sad that these girls were based on the real lives of real people. Clearly you did a lot of research writing this article. Well done and good work.
ryankett on November 22, 2011:
Did you read about the couple in New Jersey who had named their children three children Adolf Hitler, Aryan Nation, and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell? They are currently in care, it must make the hundreds of people on Facebook named 'Wayne King' feel a lot better about their parents choice of name.
KillerNina on October 16, 2011:
My best mate is called Myra and my name is Nina. we are both really bad and have been arested (not really. we where let off with a caution lol) Isn't that WEIRD!
iain-mars from United Kingdom on October 15, 2011:
Irma is such a creepy name! I know so many evil Mary's I never realised...
Kristin Trapp from Illinois on October 02, 2011:
I had completely forgotten about Lizzie Borden until I read this. I watched a movie about her once when I was a kid home alone and it scared me to death - although it probably wouldn't seem that scary if I saw it now. I just remember the chant, "Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother 40 whacks and when she saw what she had done she gave her father 41"....or something like that.
Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on August 11, 2011:
Waaaaah! That's so cool, melbel! How spooky is that!?!?! And it would be hilarious if someone actually named Medusa. Well, I'm sure there are at least a handful of girls out there with the name! Mean parents, hehee!
Melanie Shebel from Midwest, USA on August 07, 2011:
Oh wow! This is awesome! I love it! Belle Gunness' farm is just a town away from me. In fact, I was once married to a gentleman who grew up a few houses down from the farm. In the museum in that particular town, there is a whole section dedicated to the story of Belle Gunness. According to the story, when the house burned down they found what they thought was her body. There was a lot of speculation as to whether or not it was her because, supposedly, there were sightings of her in towns afar... plus the head was missing (spooky!) I think just recently they found that the remains were not that of Belle Gunness. (Even spookier...) Pretty interesting stuff!
I do want to add that I knew a girl in Elementary School named Medusa. She was REALLY nice.
(The last bit is a joke.)
Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on July 26, 2011:
Hahaa, you're safe Happyboomernurse!! For NOW............ O_O
Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on July 25, 2011:
The title drew me in. Had to see if my name, (Gail) was on the list. Relieved to see it's not associated with an evil serial killer or torturer. (smile). Love the way you kept this light-hearted even though the topic and deeds were so evil. Voted up, funny, awesome and interesting.
Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on July 14, 2011:
Oh, but Boadicea and Circe and Pandora are so fabulous! And Lilith is awesome! I could totally name my daughter that. Though perhaps it'd be a bad idea ^_^;;
Though.. Lamia- that's a good one! I'm adding it!
visionandfocus from North York, Canada on July 12, 2011:
Well, there's Boadicea the warrior queen (fierce by all accounts) and then all those gorgons (including Medusa) and harpies of Greek mythology (precursors to Rowling's dementors?) And let's not forget Circe (she who turned Odysseus' men into swine), or young Pandora (though she's more mischievous than evil), but perhaps the most evil were Lamia and Lilith. Wouldn't want to name any daughters after this bunch, that's for sure. ;)
Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on July 11, 2011:
Oh, I am going to have to check out that book indeed! Rhonda sounds like one scary character! I've added her to the Hub.
And good point on Bonnie too- but you're right! She was less of a crazy murderess and more of an adventurous deviant!
mega1 on July 11, 2011:
Remember Rhoda in The Bad Seed - a book I read in my early teens that scared the cr#p out of me! Since you seem to go in for this kind of thing, read it - she was evil enough to dump her dead bodies down the apartment incinerator shoot. The book had plenty of semi-evil people and a lot of atmosphere.
Oh, and Bonnie - of Bonnie and Clyde fame - maybe less evil than just trying to have some good old fashioned fun!
Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on June 24, 2011:
Yeah, ThePracticalMommy - Disney really owns in the evil name department!
Seth and Lilith, huh? I looked those up, JSParker, and had totally forgotten that Seth was the god of chaos! I associate the name so much with Seth Meyers that it just makes me feel giggly instead of intimidated, hahaa!
SO adding Lizzie to the list, drbj. Whoah. Scary lady. And of course! Medusa! I've got to add that, too. Thanks!!
You're so right, Kate Spenser - Lavinia is a great vilainess name. Adding that, too.
I'm a huge Helena Bonham Carter dan, too, jpcmc! And Nina Myers was SUCH a good evil woman! Got to add that too. Thanks you!
JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on June 23, 2011:
Love Bellatrix, actually I'm a big fan of Helena Bonham Carter. May I add Nina Myers of 24 to the list. She's one of my favorite villains. Beautiful and deadly, such a powerful combination.
Kate Spenser from Austin, TX on June 23, 2011:
Oooh, I'm definitely with drbj on the Lizzie Borden thing (though, for the record, I'm not completely convinced she did it).
I just saw the name Lavinia earlier today and it reminded me of the "mean girl" in The Little Princess - and commented to my mom that it would be a great name for a Villainness. :)
drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 23, 2011:
What an original, intriguing idea for a hub, Simone. How about Lizzie for Lizzie Borden who according to legend chopped up her mom and dad with an axe.
And Medusa with the snake-y hair who turned men to stone when they gazed upon her.
JSParker from Detroit, Michigan on June 23, 2011:
So, I was intrigued and did an "evil name" search. Came up with two that I actually know persons so named...Seth and Lilith. Interesting idea. I think we do affect offspring by the names we give them. But, then on the other hand, my name is Joy. I like it very much, and sometimes I do live up to it, but being human, not always. I'm fascinated with the unusual topics you adopt. Best wishes.
Marissa from United States on June 23, 2011:
I always knew my youngest sister Mary wasn't so innocent...My favorite is Maleficent. She had to be evil since the root of her name means 'bad'. Leave it to Disney to think of evil female names. :) Great hub!
Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on June 23, 2011:
Thanks, bellawritter23. I see you're lucky enough to have a bit of 'evil' in your lovely username! I say that, of course, in the most complimentary and admiring way :D
Erica Sanchez from California on June 23, 2011:
This was very creative writing I loved it a bit of history to it as well!! Thanks fro sharing ...