Intro 1 of 29While choosing a baby name, it's important to think of the, er, history, that comes along with it. Depending on how many horror flicks are in your "Most Watched" queue on Netflix, this list could alter your potential names for the good … or the evil. Continue — if you dare! (And just be glad we're not suggesting "The Thing.")
Girls 2 of 29
Clarice 3 of 29
This moniker rose to fame with the 1991 thriller The Silence of the Lambs. Expect this baby to get a ton of "Hello, Clarice … " jokes from strangers and family members who think they're being original. Just forget them, and instead celebrate your little one with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.
Rosemary 4 of 29
Meaning: Dew of the sea
Around Halloween, everyone will associate this little one with the classic 1961 horror film Rosemary's Baby, although we think it's a pretty name that makes for easy nicknaming — Rose and Mary are two examples. Just don't let your little one see the film that shares her name until she's old enough to sleep without a nightlight.
Blair 5 of 29Origin: Scottish, Gaelic
Meaning: Plain, field
This unisex name will always be a little bit linked with choppy, low-budget frights thanks to 1999's The Blair Witch Project. We've heard normally happy babies and toddlers can have unruly "witching hours," so don't worry if little Blair gets a little cranky — unless a bunch of jumpy, college-aged documentarians start following her around.
Carrie 6 of 29Origin: Old German
Just pray that baby Carrie, whose name derives from the longer Caroline, doesn't dream of being prom queen. Or, even better — encourage her to chase that tiara and avenge Sissy Spacek's infamous pig's-blood-covered character in 1974's Carrie.
Regan 7 of 29Origin: Gaelic
Some parents may wonder if their constantly howling baby is possessed by something, but hopefully it's never been quite so bad — and downright creepy — as Regan, the 360-degree-head-turning child from 1973's classic horror film, The Exorcist. If you really love this name, just try to concentrate on the fact that it was first used in Shakespeare's King Lear.
Samara 8 of 29Origin: Hebrew, Arabic
Meaning: Guardian or protected by God
Seven days … Are you feeling creeped out yet? Fans of 2002's evil-video-tape horror film The Ring may not be able to separate this pretty name from the scary, raven-haired girl in this movie. But if you're able to … more power to you!
Sidney 9 of 29Origin: Old English
Meaning: Wide meadow or island
Do you like scary movies? Those who came of age during the late '90s will immediately recognize this name as Neve Campbell's character, who miraculously survived not one, but four, of the campy Scream flicks — so you know a baby girl with this name will be tenacious, and a little unlucky in the getting-chased-by-killers department.
Esther 10 of 29Origin: Persian
Meaning: Myrtle leaf, star
This name has wonderful historical and biblical roots, but just keep your girl out of the horror-movie aisle for a few years (or forever). She might see the tagline for the 2009 thriller Orphan — "There's something wrong with Esther" — and want to find out more … or worse, she'll want to adopt the main character's creepy pigtails-and-choker necklace look.
Emily 11 of 29Origin: Latin
Meaning: Rival, emulating
This name's been on the top ten list for American baby girls for over 10 years. Clearly its popularity wasn't harmed by 2005's The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Critics had mixed reviews about the film but were generally impressed by actress Jennifer Carpenter's possessed contortions when playing Emily — so maybe your young one will be a natural at gymnastics.
Violet 12 of 29Origin: Latin
This name's no wilting flower but can be attributed to the leading lady of the Baudelaire siblings in Lemony Snicket's spooky, entertaining YA novellas, A Series of Unfortunate Events. If you really, really love these Goth-y books, Violet would match well with fictional siblings Klaus and Sunny.
Wednesday 13 of 29Origin: Latin
We don't know what's worse: the fact that Wednesday Addams got her name from the nursery rhyme line, "Wednesday's child is full of woe," or that her favorite hobby was raising spiders. Either way, name your little girl after this death-obsessed character and people will forever be humming "Da na na nah (snap snap)" every time she enters the room.
Raven 14 of 29Origin: English
Unless your baby is born "once upon a midnight dreary," you might want to shy away from this bleak baby name, made famous by the inventor of spooky tales, Edgar Allen Poe.
Ophelia 15 of 29Origin: Greek
Ophelia may be one of the most depressing names you can bestow on a child. In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Ophelia — heartbroken over Hamlet's rejection — drowns herself out of desperation. If that's not all you hoped for in a baby name …
Boys 16 of 29
Freddy 17 of 29Origin: English
Meaning: Peace ruler
Say the name "Freddy" around Halloween and there's only one guy people will think of: Mr. Krueger, of felt halt, metal claws, and scary-face fame. You could always use Freddy as a nickname for the longer Frederick or Alfred (another name for horror-lovers, thanks to Hitchcock) once autumn rolls around. Let's just hope you don't live on Elm Street.
Jason 18 of 29Origin: Greek
This is another seemingly innocuous boys name that transforms around October 31, thanks to hockey-mask killer Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th films. We're sure most parents aren't really thinking of the slasher-movie genre when they choose this name for their little one, but we'd keep him out of horror-movie marathons for a little while, anyway.
Norman 19 of 29Origin: Gaelic
Meaning: Norse, "North" Man
Perhaps the ultimate (totally creepy, messed-up) momma's boy, Norman Bates is the infamous killer from Hitchcock's 1960 classic, Psycho. We think it's a nice, slightly out-of-touch name that might be on its way to sounding fresh again. Just keep large knives away from the shower if you've got a little Norman around, and everyone will be fine.
Shaun 20 of 29Origin: Irish, Hebrew
Meaning: God is gracious
Taking a break from all the kill-'em horror movies, let's turn to a kill-'em comedy instead: Shaun of the Dead, a British film that took a stab (har, har) — and succeeded — at making the tired zombie film genre, well, totally awesome. Perhaps your little Shaun will inherit the main character's fighting skills — useful should there be a zombie apocalypse.
Chucky 21 of 29Origin: German
Meaning: Man, strong (form of Charles)
Depending on your viewing habits, this diminutive of Charles will instantly make you think of Gossip Girl, Rugrats, or, our favorite, the doll from 1988's Child's Play, which made us never want to go into a toy store again. If little Chucky's not happy with his lot of toys in his young life, just remind him: It could be way, way worse.
Hyde 22 of 29Origin: English
Meaning: From "hide," a medieval measure of land
This moniker is probably better known as a last name, thanks to the classic 1886 novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A good name for the scientific, reclusive type — and if you notice all the snacks missing from the pantry, it may just be from the little Jekyll to your baby Hyde.
Damien 23 of 29Origin: Greek
Meaning: To tame, to subdue
Damien Thorn, a central character from The Omen horror movie series, is no joke: He's the Antichrist. And the son of the Devil. Offset the scary factor by switching to the slightly different spellings of Damian or Damion, or concentrate on the fact that Saint Damien from the third century is considered the patron saint of physicians.
Edgar 24 of 29Origin: German
Meaning: Prosperous, spearman
Edgar Allan Poe was practically the original creepster, able to terrify huge numbers of people way before fake blood and special camera effects came into play. Hopefully, your little Edgar will be just as gifted at storytelling … but maybe just a little less good at scaring the pants off of everybody.
Todd 25 of 29Origin: Middle English
While this name was originally attributed to a fox hunter (or his prey) around Halloween, we think of the demon barber Sweeney Todd, from the 1936 and 2007 films of the same name. Todd is common enough that people aren't likely to recoil in horror when they pass your boy on the street — but if he shows an extreme interest in hair-cutting, it might raise a few eyebrows.
Lestat 26 of 29Origin: French
If you're a fan of vampires, but Twilight and True Blood fail to inspire, consider Anne Rice's character from Interview with the Vampire, brought to life when Tom Cruise was still considered a heartthrob in 1994. Note: We can't be held responsible if little Lestat keeps crying at the sight of garlic and throws his nightlight out the window.
Draco 27 of 29Origin: Latinâ€¨
Meaning: Dragon, serpent
If the fact that Draco is Latin for "dragon" or "serpent" weren't spooky enough, Draco Malfoy — Harry's archrival at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series — has forever made this name one that you don't want to give your kid. Unless you're a Slytherin, of course!
Dante 28 of 29Origin: Latin
Medieval poet Dante Alighieri takes readers on a terrifying trip to hell in his epic poem, The Divine Comedy. While 40 hours of labor might leave you tempted to name your 10 lb. baby boy Dante, we'd rethink any moniker that summons up images of death, fire, and devil horns.
Michael 29 of 29Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Who is like God
Michael Myers just might be the most famous serial killer in horror movie history, having terrorized teenagers in nine of the 10 Halloween flicks. Although this slasher villain may not be the first person who pops into your head with the baby name Michael, we wouldn't take any chances — especially if you have an older daughter at home…