Vampire names haven't changed much over the years, at least not in a way that differs from the way human names change year to year.
Modern day vampires have all sorts of names, just like humans. Since vampires do not breed, vampires don't get a chance to name their children. Thus, those who become vampires typically keep their human name.
There is a movement, though, among certain vampire clans for clan members to change their "human" names to more traditional vampire names. These are typically Italian or Greek names (in honor of the "birthplace" of vampires, according to legend), but they also include ancestral clan names and any well known ancient vampire name.
Among vampires that choose a new name for their vampire life, the classics seem to remain the favorites. In fact, the more ancient the better it would seem, which is why the most ancient vampire name of all, Ambrogio, is still a popular choice among male vampires to this day.
"Ambrogio", which in Italian means "immortal", is the name of the famed
Italian hunter who became the first vampire of legend. Some vampires,
out of reverence for their maker, take the name "Ambrogio", though
others refuse to take the name, opting instead for the name "Ambrogino",
which translates to "little immortal one".
Similarly, for females the ancient vampire name "Selene" is very popular. Though Selene the moon goddess was never technically a vampire, she is considered by legend to be the mother of all modern vampires, which is why this is considered an ancient vampire name of stature.
Other popular vampire names come from famous historical vampires. It is worth noting that traditional names for males were almost always Italian while traditional names for females were almost always Greek. This, of course, is in honor of Ambrogio and Selene, who were of Italian and Greek birth, respectively.
The following list contains the name and meaning of each ancient vampire name for males:
The following list contains the name and meaning of each ancient vampire name for females:
For more information, check out our Facts About Vampires page.