When it comes to deciding on a witch name, it’s just as much about the name as it is about the story behind it and associated with it.
According to the site Grove and Grotto, many names come from “…nature, folklore, and the gods of antiquity. Many names are drawn from ancient stories and are charged with mythic powers.”
Some of the names on this list are steeped in history. Others are more famous now because of novels, movies or television shows.
Female Witch Names
In Greek mythology, Andromeda is the daughter of King Cepheus and Cassiopeia. According to Greek myth, Cassiopeia boasted that Andromeda was more beautiful than Poseidon’s daughters the Nereids.
Poseidon was so angry, he sent the sea monster Cetus to ravage King Cepheus’ kingdom until Andromeda was sacrificed to the monster. But before she could be eaten, she was saved by Perseus.
Aside from the origins in Greek mythology, Andromeda is also a constellation within the night’s sky.
According to Black Witch Coven, Amaterasu is the Japanese sun goddess. She is considered the most important deity in the Shinto religion and is the ruler of the High Celestial Plain.
Much Japanese nobility has claimed to have some relation to Amaterasu.
The name Flora was derived from the Latin word flos meaning flowers. Flora was a Roman goddess of flowers and spring.
According to the site Theoi, “Gaia was the goddess of the Earth. She was one of the primordial elemental deities (protogenoi) born at the dawn of creation.”
For many people, witchcraft is about being in tune with the Earth and its elements, so Gaia or the goddess of the Earth is a perfect witch name.
In Roman mythology, Minerva is the goddess of invention and wisdom. In more modern writing, Minerva is the name of Professor McGonagall, a teacher and head of the Gryffindor House in the Harry Potter books.
Selene was a goddess in Greek mythology. According to the website Greek Mythology, “She was the goddess of the moon, which she drove every night across the skies.”
The moon also plays a large role in Wiccan culture. Many Wiccans find that the day of the full moon can make magic more potent.
If you like the idea of connecting with the moon but aren’t fond of the name Selene, you can also consider the name Luna, which is the Roman goddess of the moon.
Famous Witch Names
If you’re looking for the perfect witch name, look no further than the name Cassandra. It means prophetess and it has deep roots in mythology. According to Greek mythology, Cassandra was a Trojan princess who rejected a gift from Apollo. In one version of the story, Apollo cursed Cassandra making it so no one would believe her prophecies.
Circe is another name out of Greek mythology. According to Britannica, Circe was a sorceress capable of changing people into animals. She was best known for changing Odysseus’ companions into swine.
Circe means bird.
Jadis is also known as The White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia. According to Fandom, she is an extremely powerful sorceress who brought a curse upon the subjects of Narnia and brought about the Long Winter. For one hundred years, Narnia was perpetually covered in snow and ice.
When you’re talking about famous witches, Morgan le Fay is possibly the most famous of them all. She was a powerful witch and enchantress who oversaw Avalon. Morgan often went head to head with Merlin.
If you’re looking for a real-life witch, then Sybil is a great name to go with. According to The Witches Almanac, Sybil Leek was called “The World’s Most Famous Witch” in 1969 after the publication of her autobiography, Diary of a Witch.
Leek said she could trace her witch lineage back to the 1100s.
Evil Witch Names
It’s difficult to compile a list of evil witches without adding the name Bellatrix. The closest and loyalist follower of He Who Shall Not Be Named, Bellatrix was a truly evil figure in the Harry Potter series.
Not as evil as some of the other names on the list, but Endora can sometimes be the mother-in-law from hell. As Samantha’s mother in Bewitched, Endora is always tormenting her son-in-law Darrin.
A more modern evil figure from literature, fans of Game of Thrones know how evil Melisandre can be.
In Snow White and the Huntsman, the Evil Queen is given the name Ravenna. While she’s not cooking up poison apples as the Evil Queen does in the Disney version, she is eating human hearts whole.
Speaking of evil witches, Maleficent is right up there on the list. Considered one of Disney’s most iconic villains, Maleficent recently returned to prominence with the 2014 film Maleficent. It was followed by Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in 2019.
Originally, Maleficent was the witch that put Princess Aurora, a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty, into a deep sleep as revenge for not being invited to the baby shower.
The sea witch is best known for striking a deal with The Little Mermaid Ariel. Ursula’s ultimate goal is to get revenge on Ariel’s father, King Neptune and the sea witch does everything in her power to make that happen.
Giant List of Sorceress Names
Here are over 360 witch, wizard, and sorceress names sourced from history, fiction such as Harry Potter, television, and more.
Witch Cat Names
Cats have long been connected with special powers. In ancient Egyptian times, cats were worshipped as gods. The cat is also considered a common companion of witches.
According to Witches Lore, “The cat familiar is a companion to a witch, they are drawn together as if by a magnet, each intuitively knowing they are meant to be together, they are similar in character as both are astute, wise, and independent. When the witch and cat are at work together the magic pull is extremely powerful…”
This powerful connection is why picking the right name for your cat is essential.
The name Cabot is derived from Laurie Cabot, who was named the Official Witch of Salem in the 1970s. Cabot owned a small shop in Salem, Massachusetts called the Crow Haven Corner. She also owned a shop called The Crow, The Cat and The Crown on Pickering Wharf. Cabot has good origins and is a powerful name for a familiar.
Jinx is always a cute name for a cat because of its definition. As a noun, Jinx is a person or thing that brings bad luck; as a verb, it means to bring bad luck to or cast an evil spell on.
Salem, Massachusetts is the home of the Salem of the infamous witch trials. It’s also the name of the familiar in the 1990s television show and comic book series Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Witch Last Names
When it comes to witches, there are sometimes what they call hereditary witches. Hereditary witches are ones that come from a long bloodline of witches. Think of the television show Charmed, where the three Halliwell sisters; their family tree is littered with powerful witches.
According to the Other Worldly Oracle, the following are some witch last names with strong bloodlines.
One of the most famous names in Salem, Massachusetts during the Salem Witch Trials, John Proctor was hanged after he was accused of being a witch. It’s because of this that the Proctor name will be linked with witchcraft.
Another name out of the Salem Witch Trials, John Alden was a soldier and sailor that was accused of witchcraft. According to Thought Co, he escaped and was later exonerated.
Elspeth Reoch was executed for witchcraft in Scotland in 1616. During her trial, Reoch confessed to witchcraft saying she was clairvoyant and had the ability to induce or cure illnesses.
Viola Cantini was an Italian witch. According to Wikiwand, Cantini was accused of performing vampirism on her dying son and cursing people in her village. She was burned to death in 1693.
Witch Coven Names
The site Witches and Pagans has a whole list of tips for choosing a coven name including avoid clever and humorous, keep it short and consider naming it after a place close to where your coven is based.
If you’re looking for other names, then consider the names below.
Hearthstone makes you think of a fireplace or hearth, which might be the perfect description for what your coven stands for.
Polaris is another name for the North Star. Polaris is located close to the north pole of the skies and is the star at the end of the handle of the Little Dipper constellation.
Daughters of the Night
If your coven is made up of all women, then Daughters of the Night may be the perfect name for your coven.
Thorny Briar Coven
I like this one because it has a little edge to it. The Thorny Briar Coven would be a great name for a coven that’s located or meets somewhere close to roses or a rose garden.
Weeping Rose Society
And speaking of roses, the Weeping Rose Society is a little lighter, but it’s still a great name for a coven.
A final note when it comes to creating a coven name. Make sure it’s personalized and refers to what the coven does and what it stands for.
Male Witch Names
J.R.R. Tolkien created some great wizard names including Alatar. Alatar was one of the blue wizards of Middle Earth. Many Tolkien fans believe that Alatar means “after comer”.
Balthasar was one of the three magi that visited baby Jesus. Magi (from the Greek word magos which is the root for the English word magic) were astronomers, astrologers, and mathematicians.
In movies, television, and literature, Balthasar or Balthazar was a name often used for demons.
While Blaise has become more popular in modern times, it’s been around for centuries. Merlin, one of the greatest wizards of all time, was instructed by Blaise. Blaise is also considered to be a great wizard.
Blaise is pronounced blaze, which conjures up images of fire.
Latin for serpent or dragon, Draco is also the name of a constellation of stars.
In more modern literature, Draco is the name of Draco Malfoy a wizard in the House of Slytherin in the Harry Potter novels and Harry Potter’s chief rival at Hogwarts.
Ganon is a powerful warlock in The Legend of Zelda series. Ganon uses his power over and over again in order to achieve world domination.
Witch Doctor Names
Elzora is the name of the old witch in Eve’s Bayou.
The head witch doctor of The Addams Family, Dr. Mbogo lives in Africa. In later versions of The Addams Family, Pugsley goes to Nairobi Medical School and becomes a witch doctor himself.
In the video game Paladins, Mal’Damba is a witch doctor who was gifted with the powers of Wekono, the Mother of Sorrow and Revenge. According to Gamepedia, Mal’Damba was sent to “…war to evangelize her faith by laying waste to any who would stand before him.”
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