Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Abrecan

Storm

Anglo-Saxon

Alfo

Ready for battle

German

Alfonzo

Ready for battle

Spanish

Alonso

Ready for battle

Spanish

Ambrogio

Immortal

Greek

Amon

Teacher, builder; wealthy protector

Irish

Anubis

Egyptian god of the dead

Egyptian

Apollo

Destroyer

Greek

Ares

Ruin

Greek

Averel

Boar battle

English

Azazel

Scapegoat

Hebrew

Bastien

Revered

Greek

Bertram

Bright, famous raven

German

Blade

Knife, sword

English

Blagdon

From the dark valley

English

Blake

Black or pale

English

Boris

Small; battle glory

Slavic

Boyko

Battle

Bulgarian

Bram

Bramble; a thicket of wild gorse; raven

Scottish

Brann

Bramble; a thicket of wild gorse; raven

Scottish

Brannon

Raven

Irish

Breaker

Destroyer

English

Bressal

Battle

Celtic

Broin

Raven

Celtic

Cadel

Battle

Welsh

Cadoc

Battle

Welsh

Cahan

Little battler

Irish

Cain

Something produced; spear

Hebrew

Callan

Battle; rock

Scottish

Casimir

Famous destroyer (of peace)

Slavic

Cathan

Battle

Gaelic

Cavell

“Someone allotted by fate,” from the Dutch.

Dutch

Caz

Famous destroyer (of peace)

Slavic

Cedric

Kindly, loved

English

Colden

Dark valley

English

Colys

Son of the dark man

English

Corbeau

Crow, Raven

French

Corbin

Raven

English

Coridon

Battle-ready

Greek

Coyle

Leader in battle; follows the battle

Irish

Crowell

Well at the cross

English

Crowley

Hunch backed

Irish

Daegal

Dweller by the dark stream

Anglo-Saxon

Damien

To tame

French

Dante

Enduring

Latin

Darcy

Dark

Irish

Darrah

Dark oak

Irish

Darth

Dark

American

Deegan

Black-haired

Irish

Delano

Nighttime

French

Destin

Destiny

French

Devin

From dark-haired ones

Irish

Dexter

Right-handed, fortunate; one who dyes

Latin

Djimon

Powerful Blood

African

Dolan

Dark; bold; black-haired

Irish

Donahue

Dark fighter

Irish

Donovan

Darkened

Irish

Dooley

Dark hero

Irish

Dorian

Descendant of Dorus; from Doris

Greek

Dorrin

Dark-browed

Irish

Douglas

Black river

Scottish

Dowson

Dark-haired

Irish

Draven

Combination of D and Raven

American

Duane

Dark, swarthy

Scandinavian

Dublin

Black Pool

Irish

Duncan

Dark warrior; brown fighter

Scottish

Eagon

Fiery

Irish

Ephah

Darkness

Hebrew

Ernest

Serious; battle to the death

German

Evald

Boar battle; law-powerful

English

Eztli

Blood

Aztec (Nahuatl)

Fay

Raven

Irish

Fonz

Ready for battle

Spanish

Gawen

Battle hawk

English

Gedeon

Destroyer

Hebrew

Gonzalo

Battle

Spanish

Gray

Gray-haired

English

Grimm

Fierce

Anglo-Saxon

Grimshaw

Dark woods

English

Grimsley

Dark meadow

English

Gunther

Battler, warrior

German

Hades

Sightless

Greek

Hannibal

Grace of Baal

Hebrew

Harkan

Dark red

Irish

Harvey

Battle ready

English

Hawthorne

Where hawthorn trees grow

English

Hermes

Messenger

Greek

Hildebrand

Battle sword

German

Hitchcock

Son of Richard

English

Hosa

Little Raven

Native American

Igor

Warrior

Russian

Inar

One warrior; battle leader

Scandinavian

Jett

Black

English

Judas

Praised

Greek

Kahan

Little battler

Irish

Kairu

Black One

African

Kane

Battle

Irish

Kearn

Dark

Irish

Keir

Dusky; dark-haired; dark-skinned, swarthy

Gaelic

Kervyn

Little dark one

Irish

Kerwin

Little dark one

Irish

Kieran

Black

Irish

Kincaid

Battle leader

Celtic

Kirwin

Dark skinned

Celtic

Kishan

Black

Indian (Sanskrit)

Kistna

Black

Indian (Sanskrit)

Kolby

Dark, dark-haired

Scandinavian

Korbin

Raven-haired

English

Lestat

Invented name

American

Loki

Norse trickster god

Scandinavian

Lorcan

Little fierce one

Irish

Lucifer

Morning star

Latin

Lucius

From Lucanus

Greek

Mabuz

Ruler of Death Castle

Arthurian Legend

Macaulay

Son of the Battle Chief

Scottish

Mailhairer

Ill fated

French

Malachi

My messenger

Hebrew

Mallory

Unlucky

French

Merle

Blackbird

French

Molan

Servant of the storm

Irish

Mortimer

Dead sea

French

Necalli

Battle

Aztec (Nahuatl)

Nero

Stern

Latin

Nox

Night

Latin

Nuru

Born at night

African

Odilo

Fortunate or prosperous in battle

German

Onyx

Precious gemstone

Latin

Orlege

Battle strife

Anglo-Saxon

Osiris

Mighty

Egyptian, Latin

Otieno

Born at Night

African

Phoenix

Dark red

Greek

Pillan

God of Stormy Weather

Native American

Pluto

Rich

Greek

Poe

Peacock

English

Queran

Dark

Irish

Rangford

From the raven's ford

English

Rangley

From the raven's meadow

English

Ransford

Raven ford

English

Ransley

Raven meadow

English

Ranvir

Hero of battle

Indian (Sanskrit)

Raven

Raven bird

English

Renfield

From the raven's field

English

Renshaw

Raven woods

English

Rook

Crow, To Cheat, Chess Piece

English

Salem

Peace

Hebrew

Scur

Storm

Anglo-Saxon

Severus

Serious, stern

Latin

Shadow

Shadow, dark shape

English

Sirius

Burning brightly

Greek

Storm

Storm

English

Sullivan

Dark eyed

Irish

Sylvester

Wooded

Latin

Tempest

Storm

French

Thanos

Death

Greek

Thunder

Stormy tempered

English

Tobrecan

Destroys

Anglo-Saxon

Tristan

Sadness

Welsh

Tynan

Dark, dusty

Irish

Tynell

Dark, dusty

Irish

Ubel

Evil

German

Vlad

Glorious rule

Slavic

Vulcan

To flash

Latin

Waldron

Powerful raven

German

Wyatt

Brave in battle

English

Wystan

Battle stone

English

Xiomar

Famous in battle

Spanish

Dark names for boys may not be everyone’s choice for their son, but many are surprisingly cool and usable. Some are more popular than you’d think. Dark names are also excellent choices for naming a character in a book or story. Let’s get to know some dark names for boys together.

Dark boy names often get their sinister side from their meaning. This makes them attractive choices if you’re looking for a less conspicuous option. Some literally mean “dark,” like Darcy. An Irish name, he’s rare in the U.S. but certainly usable. Donovan is another, meaning “darkened.” Kerwin is a tad cuter with his dark ties, meaning “little dark one.” Others have meanings linked to appearance, such as Sullivan‘s “dark-eyed” and Devin‘s “from dark-haired ones.” Another standout is Grimshaw, an English surname whose “dark woods” meaning paints an eerie mental picture at a glance.

Other dark names for boys are associated with shady characters or spooky happenings. You likely know Salem, a place name connected to witch trials and a setting often used in Halloween-themed tales. While he has creepy roots, the name is gentle on the ear. This is also true of Damien, a French variant of Damian meaning “to tame.” He’s undeniably handsome, though linked to the horror film The Omen. There’s also Malachi, a biblical name used in The Children of the Corn. Meaning “my messenger,” he’s not as linked to horror as Damien or Silence of the Lambs’ Hannibal. Dark boy names can also have mythological ties, like Hades, the Greek god of the dead, and Anubis, the Egyptian god of the deceased.

Word names are home to many dark choices like Raven. He’s more frequently used as a girl’s name, but we see plenty of room for him as a boy. Storm offers similar darkness. A nature name, he’s powerful and makes an unexpected middle name if you want to add drama to your son’s name combination. Another option is Shadow. Forever tied to the dark side, he has a surprise cute side.

See more dark names for boys on our complete list.