sábado, 24 de Setembro de 2011
Names In Spotlight: Evil Girl Names
If there's one theme I prefer girl names over boy names, it's evil names. Not only in literature and mythology, but also in movies and TV series, girls just have the more interesting names. While a lot of them are pretty common names, such as Katherine [Vampire Diaries], Carrie [Carrie], Victoria [Twilight], Kali [Hinduism], Faith [Buffy The Vampire Slayer] or Regan [The Exorcist], there are some that are either really rare, or that have gone out of usage in many years.
Below are some uncommon evil names used in cinema and TV. Not necessarily evil in origin or meaning, but because they were used on evil characters.
Morticia [Addams Family]
Wednesday [Addams Family]
Alessa [Silent Hill]
Dahlia [Silent Hill]
Drusilla [Buffy The Vampire Slayer]
Drusilla was a shy girl with psychic powers that slowly transformed into a depraved evil vampire, becoming a sort of sexual predator, who killed mostly weak people and children. In Drusilla's defense, she had all her family murdered, most likely in front of her, at a time she was scared of her powers and in a fragile state of mind. Drusilla is another extremely rare name, having only cracked the top1000 a few times, but never higher than #824. Personally, I don't think this name is ready for it's time to shine, the -ella names have all the spotlight for now.
Samara [The Ring]
Juri [Street Fighter]
Cruella [Cruella De'Vil]
In a show that evolved into a story about angels and demons, God and the Devil, it's no surprise that a character named Lilith would pop up eventually. The Lilith in this series follows certain mythological views, in which she is a blood thirsty demon that preys upon babies. She only inhabits bodies of little girls, making it all even more eerie. The name Lilith fits in perfectly with todays popular choices of Lily and Lillian, and the fact is, the name debuted for the first time in 2010. Maybe the evil association is finally fading away.
"Merlin" is a british TV series that is based on the Arthurian legend of the wizard Merlin / Emrys, but retells the story in it's own way. In the show, Morgana and Morgause are sisters, who happen to be sorceresses. Morgause is the eldest sister, in complete control of her powers and acts with dubious intentions, manipulating her sibling to bid her doing. Morgana on the other hand started off as an innocent women who was scared of her powers, didn't quite understand them, and therefore felt lonely and abandoned because of them.
Morgause came to her Morgana's support, teachng her about magic, but rubbed off her evil ways on her. Morgana eventually becomes extremely powerful and more and more secure of her abilities, but also more sinister, as she goes against former friends and family to reach her goal of getting to the throne.
Both names have never appeared on the SSA ranking to my surprise. Unfortunately, Morgana has been completely overshadowed by the more masculine and less atractive Morgan, and Morgause probably is too out there for most parents, and might cause pronounciation issues.
Ursula [The Little Mermaid]
One of the most recognised Disney villains is Ursula, the sea witch. She's a powerful octupus-like creature who comes up with all sorts of evil plans to become the sea ruler, manipulating everyone who she comes across. The name Ursula was never too popular, having ranked in the bottom half of the top 1000 until it's exit in the 1983, even before the "Little Mermaid" became it's kiss of death in the 90s. U- names are extremely rare for both boys and girls, and there doesn't seem to be a new trend that could revive them. For now, I'm calling this name extinct.
Mythology and Biblical names also spurred some interesting choices, so check these uncommon options out:
Persephone - She became ruler of the underworld when she married Hades. It's probably too elaborated to ever chart, even though I personally find it appealing. Penelope is a more usable alternative.
Pandora - She was sent to earth as a punishment to man. She carried a box containing all human illnesses, which were unleashed when she opened it. The name only appeared once in the SSA ranking, in 1952. The name is so intrinsecally linked with mythology, that I can't see it ever becoming popular.
Eris - She was the greek goddess of grief and discord. Probably not the best association with a name, but I do think it's image hasn't been tarnished too much. I can picture little Eris' running around with the Ella's and Emily's of today. The name is uber rare, having charted only in 1923 and 1924. Surely a comeback is due, right?
Jezebel - The wife of Ahab (and Israeli king), who was notorious for her evil and vicious actions. Her use of makeup before her death also lead to her association with prostitutes. With that kind of history behind it, Jezebel has never ranked in the girls chart, and it's very likely that it ever will. A shame, as I find it quite pretty.
Nemesis - In greek mythology, she was the spirit of divine retribution. She was personified as the goddess of revenge. This name has never appeared in the SSA chart, and it's not exactly the type of names parents are drooling over these days. File this one under unusable.
Hope you enjoyed the little background of evil female names and characters. Do you like a few of these names? Do you see some of them becoming popular? Share your thoughts with me.