There’s good vampires, ruthless vampires, and even star-crossed lover vampires (Twilight, anyone?). It’s safe to assume that we’ve all encountered our fair share of fictional bloodsuckers both on the big screen and in literature, and there’s no better time than Halloween to take a cue from your favorite fanged creature. If you’re pulling out the collared black cloak and fake blood for your Halloween costume this year, be it as an evil alter ego or a kid-friendly character, take things up a notch by completing your look with a delightfully batty vampire name—because there can also be so many vampires named Dracula out and about on October 31.
There’s no shortage of fang-tastic names to complete your vampire identity, including old-fashioned monikers that prove you’ve been roaming the Earth postmortem for ages. Or, get inspired by pop culture vamps from your favorite movies and TV shows, whether you’re an avid True Blood viewer or plan to channel Tom Cruise’s Lestat de Lioncourt character from Interview with a Vampire. Whichever route you choose, we’re bound to have the best vampire name that’s just your (blood) type for Halloween. If you and your significant other are coordinating vampire looks, you’ll both love our list of male and female vampire names that will make you feel straight out of Transylvania.
Female Vampire Names
Male Vampire Names
Famous Fictional Vampire Names
- Elena Gilbert from The Vampire Diaries
- Edward Cullen from Twilight
- Lestat de Lioncourt from The Vampire Chronicles
- Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Bill Compton from True Blood
- Grandpa Munster from The Munsters
- Marceline the Vampire Queen from Adventure Time
- Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries
- Rudolph from The Little Vampire
- Bella Swan from Twilight
- Count Orlok from Nosferatu
- Stefan Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries
- Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- The Count from Sesame Street
Famous Historical Vampire Names
- Vlad Dracula: Also known as Vlad the Impaler, he ruled Walachia, Romania, in the mid-1400s and was even believed to be the real-life inspiration behind Dracula.
- Mercy Brown: After Mercy and two of her family members died of tuberculosis in the late 1800s, townspeople in Exeter, Rhode Island believed that one of the deceased had resurrected as a vampire. Once locals retrieved all three corpses, they discovered that Mercy's had remained mysteriously well-preserved. Deeming her the culprit, they cut out her heart and burned it.
- Arnold Paole: A member of the Serbian militia in the 1700s, Arnold allegedly encountered a vampire and claimed to have taken measures to dodge its curse. After his own death, however, four people stated that Arnold had attacked them, all of whom died shortly after. Members of his village drove a dagger through his hardly-decomposed corpse and burnt his remains.
- Peter Plogojowitz: With an eerily similar backstory, this fellow Serbian also reported a run-in with the living dead. Once he passed away, his vampire reincarnate was blamed for the deaths of nine villagers.
- Countess Elizabeth Bathory: Born into a wealthy family in the 1600s, Elizabeth became notorious for her reported barbaric tendencies—which included mutilating and killing young women—because she allegedly believed that drinking their blood would preserve her youth. Rightfully so, she was eventually arrested and placed in solitary confinement.
- Richard Trenton Chase: Deemed "The Vampire of Sacramento," this former serial killer drank his victims' blood in the 1970s.
- The Alnwick Castle Vampire: Chronicler William of Newburgh recorded the story of a man from Yorkshire who fell from the roof and died after attempting to catch his wife in the act of cheating on him. Shortly after, witnesses claim to have seen the man walking around the town, and a string of diseases coincidentally broke out.