75 Dark Academia Names for Girls and Boys That Invoke Ivy League Gothic
Do you love secret societies, classic literature, and Gothic architecture? Are Harry Potter and Dead Poet’s Society some of your favorite movies? The dark academia aesthetic finds its inspiration in ivy league schools and Victorian style, and it’s growing in popularity.
The dark academic style is experiencing a renaissance on social media. Images of antique globes, decadent bookstores, and writing in coffee shops are popping up on Tumblr and TikTok.
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 inspiration from. (And If you love the old upper-class boarding school style but are not as into the gothic side of things, check out light academia instead).
If you are expecting, why not draw your baby name inspiration from the dark academia subculture? You know that feeling you get from a character who touches your heart? How special would it be to be reminded of that feeling whenever you say your child’s name?
Check out our list of dark academia names for girls and boys. These names invoke ivy league gothic vibes and range from common classic names to unique modern variations.
Dark Academia Names for Girls
Dark academia names for girls are inspired by ancient greek and roman myths and the natural world. Others are drawn from classic and modern literature.
- Alexandria - Greek, defending men
- Alisa - Germanic, noble
- Anemone - Greek, wind; the flower
- Aurelia - Latin, golden
- Beatrix - Latin, voyager
- Camilla - Etruscan, unknown meaning; Roman Mythology, a maiden turned warrior; Literature, a protagonist in Donna Tartt’s The Secret History
- Celeste - Latin, heavenly
- Circe - Greek, hawk; Roman Mythology, a sorceress in the Odyssey who turned Odysseus's crew into swine
- Clothilde - Germanic, famed battle
- Coraline - opera, the main character in Adolphe Adam’s Le toréador; the main character in Neil Gaiman’s novel Coraline.
- Dahlia - English, the flower
- Diana - Indo-European, divine; Roman Mythology, goddess of the moon, the hunt, forests, and childbirth
- Drusilla - Ancient Roman, strong
- Eden - Hebrew, pleasure, delight
- Eleanor - Old French, the other Aenor
- Flora - Latin, flower; Roman Mythology, goddess of flowers and spring
- Guinevere - Welsh, white phantom
- Hermione - Greek Mythology, daughter of Kind Menelaus and Helen; Literature, a protagonist at Hogwarts in Harry Potter
- Ivy - English, the plant
- Isadora - Greek, gift of Isis
- Lavender - English, the flower
- Luna - Latin, moon; Roman Mythology, goddess of the moon
- Margot - Greek, pearl
- Myrtle - Greek, evergreen shrub
- Octavia - eighth; history, wife of Mark Anthony and sister of Augustus
- Odette - Germanic, wealth; ballet, princess transformed into a swan in Swan Lake
- Ophelia - Greek, help; Shakespeare, Hamlet’s lover
- Pilar - Spanish, pillar
- Robin - English, the bird
- Rowena - Germanic, joy and fame
- Violet - Latin, purple
- Willow - English, the tree
Dark Academia Names for Boys
Dark academia names for boys find their inspiration in Greek heroes and gods, literary figures, and vintage-sounding names.
- Ambrose - Greek, immortal
- Archibald - Germanic, genuine, bold
- Aspen - English, the tree
- Atlas - Greek, enduring; Greek Mythology, a titan condemned to carry the world on his shoulders
- Augustus - Latin, exalted, venerable; history, the first emperor of Rome
- Brock - Old English, badger
- Caspian - Literature, a main character in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia
- Dorian - Literature, the main character in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray
- Edmund - Old English, rich protection; Literature, a main character in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia
- Emerson - Old English, son of Emery
- Francis - Latin, Frenchman
- Gale - Old English, jovial
- George - Greek, farmer
- Henry - Germanic, home ruler
- Jack - Greek, Yahweh is gracious
- James - Greek, supplanter
- Jasper - Hebrew, treasurer
- Julian - Greek, downy-bearded
- Lucien - Ancient Roman, light
- Nathan - Hebrew, he gave
- Ollivander - Literature, a wand shop owner in the Harry Potter series
- Percy - Old Norman, the town of Perci
- Peter - Greek, stone
- Remus - Roman Mythology, one of the twin brothers who founded Rome
- Rowan - Old Irish, red
- Theodore - Greek, gift of God
- Tobias - Hebrew, Yahweh is good
- Victor - Latin, victory
- Vincent -Latin, to conquer
- Virgil - Literature, writer of the Aeneid
- Warren - English, animal enclosure
Gender-Neutral Dark Academia Names
Gender-neutral names are rising in popularity. Drawn from the dark academia aesthetic, these names are perfect for either boys or girls.
- Avery -Germanic, elf ruler
- Blair - Scottish, field
- Briar - English - the thorny plant
- Brooklyn - Dutch, broken land
- Darcy - Norman French, from Arcy
- Fern - English, the plant
- Haven - Old English, safe place
- Mallory - Norman French, unfortunate
- Mavis - Old French, a songbird
- Peyton - English, fighting man’s estate
- Quinn - Old Irish, reason
- Rory - Irish, red king
Although it’s hard to say what will be “cool” in the future, it’s possible that your child will grow to love and appreciate their dark academic name one day when you explain its significance.
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