Did you recently discover that you’re pretty good at doomsday prepping? Or have current events made you realize certain holes in your skill set (archery!), should things get really bad around here? Cheer up! Things could be worse. You could, for instance be trying to raise children during a zombie apocalypse.
All the supplies in the world won’t save your brain from the outstretched fingers of zombies — not without a hero to save the day. You’re not exactly hoping your own unborn kid is the person for the job, but then again, we’ve recently learned that it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. Maybe you’ll give them a head start by choosing the right name.
If you’re a fan of zombie movies or shows like The Walking Dead, you know they usually don’t have a happy ending. Almost everybody gets bitten (or pre-emptively beheaded). Grabbing just any old name from a zombie movie won’t do. You need the winners who kick zombie tail and live to fight another day. Join us for a screaming run through zombie film history as we help you choose a baby name fit to survive the worst of what the future has in store.
Fierce baby boy names from zombie flicks & TV shows
Rugged tough guys, am-I-right? Well, not all of these guys are the war hero type. These dudes prove nerds can fight zombies and live to tell the tale, too. For the ultimate zombie fan boy name, we recommend Romero — as in George Romero, the father of the genre.
Ash: Army of Darkness (1992)
Ben: Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Columbus: Zombieland (2009)
Curt: The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Grant: Pontypool (2008)
Jesse: Blood of the Beast (2003)
Kyle: Ninjas vs. Zombies (2008)
Lionel: Dead Alive (1992)
Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies (2012)
Martin: Dead Snow (2009)
Maxwell: Diary of the Dead (2007)
Nash: Dance of the Dead (2008)
Neville: I Am Legend (2007)
Ravi: iZombie (2015-2019)
Rick: The Walking Dead (2010- )
Riley: Land of the Dead (2005)
Shaun: Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Stone: War of the Dead (2011)
Truman: Flight of the Living Dead (2007)
Tucker: Black Sheep (2006)
Fierce baby girl names from zombie flicks
Ladies like Alice from Resident Evil don’t need any dudes to save them from the horde. They know their way around a gun and hold their own in battle. Choose a heroic baby girl name, and perhaps your daughter will one day save us all.
Alice: Resident Evil (2002)
Ana: Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Birdy: Zombie Night (2013)
Casey: Mulberry Street (2006)
Dakota: Planet Terror (2007)
Elsa: Silent Night, Zombie Night (2009)
Harper: Rammbock (2010)
Helen: Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Judith: The Walking Dead https://www.sheknows.com/baby-names/search/Judith/
Jules: The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Krista: Zombieland (2009)
Lin: Days of Darkness (2007)
Liza: The Beyond (1981)
Maggie: The Walking Dead (2010- )
Marina: Evil: In the Time of Heroes (2009)
Melody: Dead and Breakfast (2004)
Mia: Evil Dead (2013)
Michonne: The Walking Dead (2010- )
Nevada: Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)
Olivia (Liv): iZombie (2015-2019)
Rose: The Boneyard (1991)
Segen: World War Z (2013)
Star: Zombie Wars (2007)
Sydney: Pontypool (2008)
Sylvia: The Plague of the Zombies (1966)
A version of this article was originally published in October 2014.
Changed your mind about a zombie hero name already? Maybe you’ll use one of these celebrity baby names instead.