Dark Academia Baby Names

Part gothic, part prep, dark academia is an aesthetic subculture trend that heavily emphasizes literature, education, and mystery. It’s moody, endlessly cool, and has a traditional academic vibe with a gothic edge—picture Gothic architecture, vintage tweed, a leather satchel full of books, and historical libraries. So if you find yourself drawn to the preppy New England look with a touch of goth, dark academia may be a subgenre for you to draw baby name inspiration. Check out our list of dark academia aesthetic names for baby girls and boys to find the perfect name.

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Adeline
Girl. French origin, meaning: Noble
Similar names: Adamaris, Auden, Adalinda

Adira
Girl. Hebrew origin, meaning: Strong
Similar names: Afric, Amirah, Ariadne

Aeneas
Boy. Greek origin, meaning: Praiseworthy
Similar names: Apollo, Atlas, Aurelian

Agatha
Girl. Greek origin, meaning: Good, honorable
Similar names: Althea, Audrey, Augusta

Agnes
Girl. Greek origin, meaning: Pure, holy
Similar names: Anais, Arete, Astrid

Alastair
Boy. Scottish origin, meaning: Defender of the people
Similar names: Augustine, Atticus, Amadeus

Alban
Boy. Latin origin, meaning: White
Similar names: Auburn, Aspen, Alaric

Alice
Girl. French and English origin, meaning: Noble
Similar names: Avice, Alisa, Annabeth

Alienor
Girl. French origin, meaning: Unknown
Similar names: Andromeda, Aurelia, Apollonia

Ambrose
Boy. English origin, meaning: Immortal
Similar names: Alexander, Archibald, Auberon

Amorette
Girl. English, literary name
Similar names: Amana, Anemone, Athena

Arabelle
Girl. Latin origin, meaning: Yielding to prayer
Similar names: Allegra, Alexandria, Annabelle

Arcadia
Girl. English from ancient Greek origin, meaning: Place of peace and contentment
Similar names: Antigone, Acacia, Athene

Arden
Gender-neutral. English origin, meaning: Eagle valley
Similar names: Adair, Adrian, Anna

Astoria
Girl. English origin, meaning: Place name
Similar names: Aurora, Alexandria, Anastasia

Azrael
Boy. Hebrew origin, meaning: Help of God
Similar names: Alastor, Augustus, Achille

Bellatrix
Girl. Latin origin, meaning: Female warrior
Similar names: Beatrice, Blythe, Beatrix

Beowulf
Boy. English origin, meaning: Beewolf
Similar names: Balthazar, Bastian, Benoit

Blair
Gender-neutral. Scottish origin, meaning: Plain or field
Similar names: Basil, Bryon, Beau

Briar
Gender-neutral. English origin, meaning: Thorn
Similar names: Bellamy, Bram, Bryony

Bronte
Girl. Greek origin, meaning: Thunder
Similar names: Belen, Bridget, Brielle

Bronwyn
Girl. Irish origin, meaning: White breast
Similar names: Belphoebe, Bianca, Baldwin

Calanthe
Girl. Greek origin, meaning: Christmas orchid, beautiful flower
Similar names: Cypress, Collette, Chantelle

Calliope
Girl. Greek origin, meaning: Beautiful voice
Similar names: Camille, Cosima, Cassiopeia

Callista
Girl. Greek and Latin origin, meaning: Fairest, most beautiful, chalice
Similar names: Claudette, Cassia, Corliss

Caspian
Boy. English origin, meaning: Place name
Similar names: Clive, Cyril, Cymbeline

Cassander
Boy. Greek origin, meaning: Shining or excelling man
Similar names: Crimson, Corentyn, Charles

Cassandra
Girl. Greek origin, meaning: Prophetess
Similar names: Camilla, Clemency, Cicely

Circe
Girl. Greek origin, meaning: Bird
Similar names: Celeste, Celine, Cadence

Constantine
Boy. Latin origin, meaning: Constant
Similar names: Clementine, Cornelius, Cosmo

Coraline
Girl. Literary name, diminutive of Caroline
Similar names: Cleo, Clothilde, Claire

Cordelia
Girl. Latin and Celtic origin, meaning: Heart, Jewel of the sea
Similar names: Cecilia, Catriona, Constance

Corisande
Girl. Greek origin, meaning: Chorus-singer
Similar names: Clio, Clarimond, Calluna

Cressida
Girl. Greek origin, meaning: Golden
Similar names: Charlotte, Coletta, Claudia

Damiana
Girl. Greek origin, meaning: Tamed, domesticated
Similar names: Drusilla, Delphine, Dahlia

Demeter
Boy. Greek origin, meaning: Earth mother
Similar names: Damien, Draco, Desmond

Dorian
Gender-neutral. Greek origin, meaning: Tribe
Similar names: Darius, Darcy, Dove

Dorothea
Girl. Greek origin, meaning: Gift of God
Similar names: Diantha, Druella, Dulcinea

Edward
Boy. English origin, meaning: Wealthy guardian
Similar names: Edison, Edwin, Edmund


Elwin
Boy. English origin, meaning: Elf
Similar names: Evgeny, Emery, Eugene

Emilian
Boy. Slavic, Romanian origin, meaning: Rival
Similar names: Ellis, Emrys, Emerson

Eponine
Girl. French literary name
Similar names: Endellion, Enola, Eleanor

Esme
Girl. French and Persian origin, meaning: Esteemed, beloved; emerald
Similar names: Elodie, Evanthe, Eden

Evander
Boy. Latin origin, meaning: Good man
Similar names: Endymion, Ezra, Ernest

Evangeline
Girl. Latin origin, meaning: Gospel
Similar names: Eleanora, Eliza, Esmeralda

Fabian
Boy. Latin origin, meaning: Bean grower
Similar names: Frederick, Ferris, Fern

Faustine
Girl. French origin, meaning: Fortunate one
Similar names: Francesca, Freya, Florence

Florian
Boy. German origin, meaning: Flowery
Similar names: Faramond, Ferdinand, Foster

Gabriel
Boy. Hebrew origin, meaning: Strength from God
Similar names: Gaius, Gale, Graham

Gideon
Boy. Hebrew origin, meaning: Hewer
Similar names: George, Gustaf, Goldie

Griffin
Boy. Latin origin, meaning: Strong lord
Similar names: Gavyn, Galen, Gadriel

Guinevere
Girl. Welsh origin, meaning: White fairy; fair one
Similar names: Grace, Greer, Gwen

Hawthorne
Boy. English origin, meaning: Lives near the hedge
Similar names: Henry, Haven, Hades

Hermione
Girl. Greek origin, meaning: Messanger of God
Similar names: Hestia, Hecate, Hester

Honora
Girl. Latin origin, meaning: Honor
Similar names: Helena, Heloise, Hera

Hugo
Boy. German origin, meaning: Bright in mind
Similar names: Hadrian, Horus, Huxley

Immanuel
Boy. Hebrew origin, meaning: God is with us
Similar names: Ignatius, Imber, Ivan

Isadora
Girl. Greek origin, meaning: Gift of Isis
Similar names: Imogen, Ingrid, Ivy

Isidore
Boy. English origin, meaning: Gift of Isis
Similar names: Inder, Ignis, Inigo

Julian
Boy. English, Latin origin, meaning: Youthful, downy-bearded, or sky father
Similar names: Jasper, Jack, James

Keats
Boy. English origin, meaning: Kite
Similar names: Kastiel, Klaus, Kenneth

Killian
Boy. Gaelic origin, meaning: Little church
Similar names: Kasper, Kingsley, Kaplen

Lavinia
Girl. Latin origin, meaning: From Lavinium
Similar names: Livia, Lavender, Lousia

Leander
Boy. Latin origin, meaning: Lion man
Similar names: Lazarus, Lysander, Laertes

Leontine
Girl. French origin, meaning: Lion
Similar names: Leonora, Leocadia, Lenore

Lilith
Girl. Hebrew origin, meaning: Of the night, demon in Hebrew mythology
Similar names: Lilia, Lani, Lillibeth

Lucian
Boy. Latin origin, meaning: Light
Similar names: Lorcan, Lux, Lucretius

Lysandra
Girl. Greek origin, meaning: Liberator
Similar names: Luna, Lucretia, Lucasta

Malachi
Boy. Hebrew origin, meaning: My messenger
Similar names: Mercury, Maximilian, Marius

Mallory
Gender-neutral. English via French origin, meaning: Unfortunate
Similar names: Margaux, Morgana, Magnus

Maude
Girl. German origin, meaning: Battle mighty
Similar names: Mavis, Mathilde, Marceline

Melusine
Girl. French origin, folkloric name meaning: Strong in work, the female spirit of fresh water
Similar names: Matilda, Margot, Myrtle

Mordecai
Boy. Persian origin, meaning: Servant of Marduk
Similar names: Maxence, Montague, Mallow

Morwenna
Girl. Cornish and Welsh origin, meaning: Maiden
Similar names: Minerva, Millicent, Melisande

Nigel
Boy. Irish origin, meaning: Champion, dark, black-haired
Similar names: Neo, Nathanial, Nori

Octavia
Girl. Latin origin, meaning: Eighth
Similar names: Ottoline, Odeya, Orla

Octavian
Boy. English via Latin origin, meaning: Eighth
Similar names: Orest, Ossian, Ottavio

Oliver
Boy. Latin origin, meaning: Olve tree
Similar names: Olwen, Ollivander, Oberon

Onyx
Gender-neutral. Greek origin, meaning: Gemstone, claw, fingernail
Similar names: Oscar, Orion, Ostara

Ophelia
Girl. Greek origin, meaning: Help
Similar names: Odessa, Odette, Olympia

Othello
Boy. The name of a Shakespearian tragedy. Italian diminutive of OTHO.
Similar names: Osiris, Onegin, Odin

Penrose
Boy. Welsh and Cornish origin, meaning: Top of the heath
Similar names: Percy, Peregrine, Prospero

Persephone
Girl. Greek mythology origin, meaning: Bringer of destruction
Similar names: Phoebe, Penelope, Priscilla

Phaedra
Girl. Greek origin, meaning: Bright
Similar names: Pilar, Philippa, Pandora

Poe
Gender neutral. English origin, meaning: Peacock
Similar names: Pallas, Petra, Percival

Prudence
Girl. English origin, meaning: Provident
Similar names: Proserpine, Pomona, Palma

Quenby
Gender neutral. English origin, meaning: Queen’s settlement
Similar names: Quinn, Quentin, Quintessa

Raphael
Boy. Hebrew name, meaning: God has healed
Similar names: Romeo, Rhodes, Rhett

Rosenwyn
Girl. Cornish origin, a combination of Rosen and wyn meaning: White rose
Similar names: Roma, Rowena, Ravenna

Stellan
Boy. Swedish origin, meaning: Calm, or peaceful one
Similar names: Sebastian, Stefan, Severin

Sylvester
Boy. Latin origin, meaning: Woodland
Similar names: Sylvain, Siro, Salvador

Theodoric
Boy. Germanic origin, meaning: People’s ruler
Similar names: Thaddeus, Theodore, Tallis

Theodosia
Girl. Greek origin, meaning: God’s gift
Similar names: Thisbe, Thomasin, Theodora

Thoreau
Gender neutral. French origin, meaning: Strength of a bull
Similar names: Taliesin, Trevelyan, Torquil

Thorin
Boy. Norse origin, meaning: Brave, daring one
Similar names: Tobias, Tolliver, Tarquin

Valentine
Boy. English origin, meaning: Healthy, strong
Similar names: Vander, Veryan, Vidar

Valeria
Girl. Latin origin, meaning: Strength, valor
Similar names: Violeta, Véronique, Vianne

Venetia
Girl. Italian place name
Similar names: Valentina, Violet, Victoria

Vesper
Gender-neutral. Latin origin, meaning: Evening star
Similar names: Vespertine, Vesta, Viggo

Victor
Boy. Latin origin, meaning: Conquer
Similar names: Vincent, Virgil, Viridius

Xavier
Boy. Baque origin, meaning: New house
Similar names: Xerxes, Xanthos, Xoan

Zenobia
Girl. Greek origin, meaning: Life of Zeus
Similar names: Zephyrine, Zelda, Zosime

 

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