Baby name trends have embraced inspiration from new gothic literature — from Belle to Esme to Coraline, names with a tinge of darkness are all the rage. So why not look to classic gothic literature for some baby name inspiration? Names from the minds of beloved authors like Edgar Allan Poe and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley provide the perfect starting point. And they are sure to impress fellow literary-minded parents.
Gothic literature is defined by its legendary themes of the supernatural, terror, madness, and sometimes, yes, even romance. It’s classic but combined with a bit of otherwordly mystique, which makes it the perfect fodder for finding captivating baby names that touch on the macabre and are infused with magic and passion.
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Some of the names on this list are already trendy, thanks to gothic classics and newer works like Twilight. Others are still relatively unknown in the world of modern baby names. But one trait they all share is a tinge of whistful romance, beauty, and subtle darkness. From the naming experts at BabyNameWizard.com, here are 16 evocative gothic baby names inspired by classic literature and poised to take the trending lists by storm.
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