So, you’re looking for a witchy name. Maybe you’re having a Scorpio baby (congratulations!!!), you’re about to adopt a black cat, you’re writing Harry Potter fan fiction, or you’ve got an intense game of The Sims going on right now (same). Whatever you plan to use this witchy name for (a cool-looking houseplant? Your car?), you’ve got a lot of options.
See, witches turn up in cultures around the world, going back centuries. And whether you’re talking pop culture witches like Sabrina or culture magical beings like Hecate, Greek goddess of witchcraft, there are plenty of famous witches to take inspiration from.
Agnes Waterhouse became the first woman executed for witchcraft in England in 1566. In the novel and TV series Good Omens, there’s a character named Agnes Nutter who’s burned as a witch.
Alice Nutter was an English woman executed for witchcraft in 1612. She’s appeared in several pieces of pop culture, including books by Jeanette Winterson and William Harrison Ainsworth.
Allegra is the first name of the titular witch in the classic 1967 anime film Jack and the Witch.
This pretty purple sparkler is associated with creativity, intelligence, and protection.
In 1899, American folklorist Charles Godfrey Leyland compiled a book called Aradia, or the Gospel of Witches, containing what he said were the religious texts of a group of pagan witches in Tuscany. This book then became influential in the development of Wicca.
While this name might evoke Leighton Meester’s Gossip Girl character, you could also tell your friends it was inspired by The Blair Witch Project. Spooky!
In Arthurian legend, Blaise is the name of Merlin’s teacher. This name also (of course) makes an appearance in Harry Potter in the form of Slytherin student Blaise Zabini. (It’s usually a male name, but it could be cute for a girl too!)
In The Vampire Diaries, Bonnie is the name of a good witch played by Kat Graham.
In Greek mythology, Cassandra had the power to see the future—but she was cursed so that no one would believe her visions.
In Greek mythology, Circe is a witch or enchantress who turns Odysseus’s crew into pigs—and her story’s also told in the popular 2018 novel Circe by Madeleine Miller.
The Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West finally got a name in the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked, which was then turned into a musical.
In Bewitched, Endora is Samantha’s mother and fellow witch. She’s played by Agnes Moorehead in the ’60s TV series and Shirley MacLaine in the 2005 movie.
In American Horror Story: Coven, Fiona is the Supreme Witch, played by Jessica Lange.
In Greek mythology, Gaia is the personification of the Earth—basically Mother Earth. Actress Emma Thompson named her daughter Gaia.
Glinda is the Good Witch in the Wizard of Oz. In the novel and musical Wicked, her name is spelt “Galinda.”
In Suspiria, Helena Markos is the leader of a coven of witches who run a dance school. In the 1977 version, she’s played by Lela Svasta, and in the 2018 version, she’s played by Tilda Swinton.
Although this name dates back to Greek mythology, it’s seen a resurgence in popularity over the past few decades, thanks to Harry Potter. (And it’s pronounced Her-my-oh-nee, FYI).
In the Chronicles of Narnia series, Jadis is the White Witch’s name. She’s played by Tilda Swinton in the movies.
Known as the Official Witch of Salem, Laurie Cabot has worked as a witch, psychic, and author since the ’70s and still practices today.
Louise Miller is the name of the titular Teen Witch in the 1989 comedy, played by Robin Lively. Top that!
In some witchcraft traditions, linden trees are significant in spellwork and prophecy—they symbolize good news.
Luna is Latin for “Moon,” and Moon phases are very important in witchcraft (and astrology). In pop culture, magical characters named Luna appear in Harry Potter, Sailor Moon, and Monster High.
Marie Laveau was a famous voodoo practitioner in 19th-century New Orleans. She’s played by Angela Bassett in American Horror Story: Coven.
The Roman goddess of wisdom is also the namesake of Harry Potter’s Minerva McGonagall.
In Arthurian legend, Morgan Le Fay is King Arthur’s half-sister…and, of course, she’s a witch. Other variations include Morgana and Morgaine.
In Arthurian legend, Nimue is the name of the Lady of the Lake, an enchantress who gives Arthur his sword.
In Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar, Nova Bordelon is a journalist and activist who’s also a voodoo herbalist.
Phoebe is one of the three witch sisters in the TV series Charmed, played by Alyssa Milano.
Piper is one of the three witch sisters in the TV series Charmed, played by Holly Marie Combs.
Piper is one of the three witch sisters in the TV series Charmed, played by Shannen Doherty.
Depending on the folklore you look at, ravens aren’t as scary as Edgar Allen Poe makes them out to be. They’re also considered guides to the “other side,” tricksters, warriors, and prophets.
Rochelle is the name of one of the witches in The Craft, played by Rachel True. (The others: Nancy, Bonnie, and Sarah.)
In Celtic folklore, Rowena is an enchantress who used magic to ensnare her husband. She’s believed to have been a precursor to Morgan Le Fay. Her name is also used for witch characters in Supernatural and Harry Potter.
You might associate this name with Sabrina the Teenage Witch or The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, but it’s also the name of a Celtic water nymph…so its triply witchy.
Samantha is the name of the witch in Bewitched, played by Elizabeth Montgomery in the ’60s TV series and Nicole Kidman in the 2005 movie.
Silver RavenWolf is a modern Wiccan practitioner and the author of more than a dozen books of magic.
One of the three Witches of Eastwick, Sukie was played by Michelle Pfeiffer in the 1987 movie.
Back in 1969, witch, astrologer, and psychic Sybil Leek were called “Britain’s most famous witch” for her books on the occult, including Diary of a Witch.
Thomasin is the name of Anna Taylor-Joy’s character in Robert Eggers’ 2015 movie The Witch.
Tituba was the first woman accused of practising witchcraft in the Salem Witch Trials, and she’s appeared in many pop-culture depictions of the events, including the play The Crucible, the books Tituba of Salem Village and I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem, and the TV series Salem and American Horror Story: Coven.
Ursula is the name of the iconic purple sea-witch in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Although a sea-witch appears in the original fairy tale, she isn’t named.
The willow tree is significant in druidic traditions and is believed to enhance psychic abilities. In pop culture, Willow Rosenberg is a witch in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Via Cosmopolitan US