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
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
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.