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Baby girl names inspired by female villains and vixens

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These baby names are so bad, they're good!

Your angelic baby girl doesn't have to be a vixen to bear one of these fabulous names.

Villainess baby names from literature

The villainesses from our favorite books became as terrifying as the imagination would allow.

  • Abigail, The Crucible
  • Adora, Storm Siren
  • Agatha Trunchbull, Matilda
  • Amy Dunne, Gone Girl
  • Annie Wilkes, Misery
  • Bellatrix Lestrange, Harry Potter series
  • Bertha Mason, Jane Eyre
  • Cathy Ames, East of Eden
  • Cersei Lannister, A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones)
  • Cora, The Postman Always Rings Twice
  • Corrine Dollanganger, Flowers in the Attic
  • Dolores Umbridge, Harry Potter series
  • Jennet Humfrye, The Woman in Black
  • Livia, I, Claudius
  • Margaret White, Carrie
  • Marisa Coulter, His Dark Materials trilogy
  • Medea, Euripides' Medea
  • Rhoda Penmark, The Bad Seed
  • Shelob, Lord of the Rings series
  • Veda Pierce, Mildred Pierce

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Villainess baby names from the movies

The bigger-than-life bad girls of the movies are not easily forgotten. Here are some of the most memorable.

  • Alex Forrest, Fatal Attraction
  • Catherine Tramell, Basic Instinct
  • Eleanor Shaw Iselin, The Manchurian Candidate
  • Esther, Orphan
  • Eve Harrington, All About Eve
  • Jane Hudson, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
  • Joan Crawford, Mommy Dearest
  • Mallory Knox, Natural Born Killers
  • Mildred Ratched, aka "Nurse Ratched," One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Minnie Castevet, Rosemary's Baby
  • Miranda Priestly, The Devil Wears Prada
  • Norma Desmond, Sunset Boulevard
  • Phyllis Dietrichson, Double Indemnity
  • Regina George, Mean Girls
  • Velma Von Tussle, Hairspray

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Baby names from real-life villainesses

The villainesses in books and movies aren't nearly as terrifying as the spies, killers and femme fatales that live among us in the real world.

  • Aileen Wuornos, female serial killer from Florida who murdered seven men between 1980 and 1990.
  • Amy Fisher, the "Long Island Lolita" who shot and severely wounded the wife of her lover, Joey Buttafuoco.
  • Brenda Spencer, the 16-year-old girl convicted of the 1979 Cleveland Elementary School shooting because, she said, "I don't like Mondays."
  • Delilah, the temptress who betrayed Samson for money in the Hebrew Book of Judges.
  • Gertrude Baniszewski, viciously tortured, mutilated and eventually murdered a teenage girl she had taken into her home.
  • Ilse Koch, prominent Nazi found guilty of the brutal abuse of concentration camp prisoners.
  • Jasmine Richardson, was 12 years old when she, with the help of her 23-year-old boyfriend, murdered her parents and 8-year-old brother.
  • Joanna Dennehy, responsible for the brutal Peterborough ditch murders that took place in the UK in 2013.
  • Margaretha MacLeod, a.k.a. Mata Hari, an exotic dancer convicted of being a spy during WWI.
  • Mary Flora Bell, convicted at age 11 of strangling two little boys to death.
  • Mildred Gillars, a.k.a. "Axis Sally," convicted of treason for proliferating Nazi propaganda during WWII (Rita Zucca was her partner in crime).
  • Pamela Smart, who conspired with her 15-year-old lover and his friends to kill her husband.
  • Susan Atkins, participated in eight killings with the Charles Manson family.
  • Yolanda Saldívar, murdered Tejano music singer Selena in 1995.
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