Going the witch route for your Halloween costume this year? (Mystical) power to ya—it's one of the costumes to pull off (hello, last-minute look) that still screams "spectacularly spooky." But for that reason alone, know that you won't be the only sorceress on the block this year, which is why you need to take your witch's costume to the next level—and no, we don't mean just adding a broomstick.
To truly play the part right on October 31, consider using a fitting new witch name to use on trick-or-treaters and get in the spirit. Or, maybe you want to embody a specific witch from movies or TV this Halloween, but don't know where to start. In a completely separate vein, perhaps you even became the proud parent of a black cat, and you're seeking the best witch-inspired moniker to dub your bewitching feline with before Halloween.
Whatever the case, we've got you fully covered in the naming department. Take a page out of our spell book and get inspired by these scary-good witch names, from your favorite on-screen cauldron brewers to out-of-this-world pseudonyms that'll make you feel like a complete boss witch when you put on your costume (or plan this year's Halloween party, or simply decorate your home!). You might even feel so inclined to personify a former real-life spell-caster. Either way—cheers, witches!
Female Witch Names
Famous Fictional Witch Names
- Elphaba from Wicked
- Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz
- The Blair Witch from The Blair Witch Project
- Winnie, Mary, and Sarah Sanderson from Hocus Pocus
- Hermione Granger from Harry Potter
- Sabrina Spellman from Sabrina the Teenage Witch
- The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz
- Samantha Stephens from Bewitched
- Piper, Phoebe, and Prue Halliwell from Charmed
- Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty
- Jadis the White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia
- Tia Dalma from Pirates of the Caribbean
- Aggie Cromwell from Halloweentown
Famous Real Witch Names
- Mother Shipton: Her real name was Ursula Southeil, but she was known about town as Mother Shipton (and also “Hag Face”). In the 1500s, she was believed to be the child of another witch.
- Marie Laveau: Deemed the "Voodoo queen of New Orleans," she was rumored to posses magical healing capabilities. For costume inspiration, Cathy Bates brought this figure to life in American Horror Story: Coven.
- Agnes Sampson: In the late 16th century, Agnes' ties with witchcraft lead to her untimely death during the trials in North Berwick, Scotland.
- Sybil Leek: Author of her autobiography Diary of a Witch, Sybil became known as "The World’s Most Famous Witch" in 1969.
- Laurie Cabot: A current psychic, witch, author, and community activist, Laurie goes by "The Official Witch of Salem."
- Alice Kyteler: This Irish native, accused by her stepchildren of performing witchcraft in 1324, was the first in the country to be tried for sorcery as a heretic.
- Isobel Gowdie: Not much is known about this 17th-century Scottish woman, other than the fact that she reportedly offered an incredibly detailed testimony at her witchcraft trial, recounting experiences with a "Queen of the Fairies" and shape-shifting.
Witch Cat Names
- Kijo (Japanese for "witch")
- Thackery Binx
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