101 Best Gargoyle Names

Georgia Stone
Feb 15, 2024 By Georgia Stone
Originally Published on Dec 02, 2020
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Gargoyles are one of the hallmarks of Gothic architecture.

The name gargoyle is derived from the French word Gargouille, which means 'throat.' Gargoyles are carved figures with the head of bizarre and monstrous creatures and protruding necks. The elongated neck of a gargoyle is made into a spout that drains water from the roofs, walls, or fountains.

Gargoyles are mostly carved out of stone and resemble mystical animal-like beings. In medieval Christian mythology, gargoyles are symbolized guardians against evil, harmful, or undesirable spirits. Gargoyles are often confused with Grotesques.

Grotesques are decorative stone sculptures on the keystones, friezes, corbels, and facades of historical buildings that resemble the heads of odd and hideous-looking creatures. Gargoyles are primarily the design of water spouts or are considered protective talismans, whereas grotesques are not made to have spouts.

New versions of gargoyles are also made to represent humans. Gargoyles is a gender-neutral term, with no specific term for referring to female gargoyles. These structures can be found in famous city buildings, churches, cathedrals, and cultural or gothic heritage places.

Enjoy this list of some interesting and unique gargoyle names. Also, learn the use and some facts about the names you like.

Famous Gargoyle Names

Historically built to serve as symbols of protection, these gargoyles are some of the most iconic creations of Gothic architecture. Gargoyle structures also serve a more literal and technical purpose as water drains.

There are not many gargoyles with specific names (most are simply known as gargoyles). Some famous gargoyle names are included in this list, while others represent the name of notable personalities who have been sculpted as gargoyles.

1. Stryga - One of the most famous Notre Dame gargoyles is Stryga, or the Spitting Gargoyle, depicted with horns, wings, and a hanging tongue. There are several gargoyles at Notre Dame de Paris. Apart from being water drains, these also serve as guardians of the church and churchgoers from evil spirits.

2. Wyvern - is the name of another famous gargoyle of Notre Dame de Paris, depicted as a two-legged dragon-like creature with wings.

3. La Gargouille - is the first known reference to a gargoyle in French legends. The gargoyle is portrayed as a dragon-like creature that was causing havoc in the countries around Rouen and was ultimately captured and killed by St. Romanus.

4. Nikita - referring to the gargoyle representation of Nikita Khrushchev in the Cologne Cathedral in Germany, who was the first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

5. Carson - refers to a gargoyle placed on the Eastern States Penitentiary in Pennsylvania, USA.

6. Frank - Frank is the name of another gargoyle erected on the facade at the Eastern State Penitentiary.

7. Francis - The Cologne Cathedral in Germany features over 180 gargoyles dating from the 13th to the 20th centuries. A recent addition to the church was a gargoyle depicted as Pope Francis.

8. Medusa - referring to the creature from Greek mythology, a gargoyle depicting Medusa can be seen in the National Cathedral in the city of Washington, DC.

9. Darth Vader - the National Cathedral in Washington DC also exhibits one of its gargoyles as the famous antagonist from Star Wars, Darth Vader.

10. Steven - referring to Steven Brindle, a notable historian featured as a gargoyle at Westminster Abbey.

11. Einstein - the famous physicist Albert Einstein has also been sculpted as a gargoyle on the Willamette Hall exterior, which is part of the University of Oregon, United States.

12. Harold - referring to the former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillian, who was depicted as a gargoyle in Cologne Cathedral, Germany.

13. Chatty - referring to the 'Chatty Gargoyle' that was put up at the Denver International Airport, which can interact with passengers passing by.

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Gargoyle Names From TV And Films

The beastly and monstrous appearance of gargoyles in the real world has inspired several fictional characters. In this section, we'll look at some of the most iconic fictional versions of gargoyles in television shows and comics. This list includes gargoyles characters from the famous Disney animated series 'Gargoyles' and its spin-off comic books.

14. Angela - One of the rare female gargoyle names in this list, Angela, is the daughter of the gargoyles Goliath and Demona.

15. Benny - The name of a boy who mutated into a human woodlouse.

16. Boudicca - Boudicca is the name of a slender gargoyle of the Avalon clan that looks like a dog.

17. Brentwood - Lexington's clone, Brentwood views Thailog as intelligent and decides to remain obedient to him.

18. Broadway - Broadway is the name of a good-natured but overweight gargoyle in the Manhattan clan who likes to read.

19. Bronx - A gargoyle who looks like a dog, Bronx stays in the residence of the Manhattan clan, also appointed at the New York borough.

20. Brooklyn - A white-haired gargoyle, Brooklyn serves as the Manhattan clan's second in command who monitors the New York borough.

21. Burbank - Burbank is Hudson's clone and carries a mace. However, unlike Hudson, Burbank's left eye isn't injured.

22. Claw - Claw is one of the most vital members of the Mutate clan.

23. Coldsteel - Also known as Iago, Coldsteel is an enemy of Othello.

24. Coldstone - The spirit of one of the Wyvern clan's deceased gargoyles, Coldstone, was resurrected into a cyborg body through sorcery and science.

25. Constance - A gargoyle who looks like a wild boar in the London clan.

26. Delilah - Delilah is a binary clone made from 10% of Elisa's and 90% of Demona's DNA.

27. Demona - Demona is Goliath's ex-mate and Angela's mother.

28. Desdemona - Desdemona is Othello's mate and rejoined the Manhattan clan in 1997.

29. Egwardo - A gargoyle yet to hatch from his egg, Egwardo is known by the name Tachi and is the daughter of Katana and Brooklyn.

30. Erin - Benny's older sister, who mutated into a human turtle.

31. Fang - Fang is a member of the Mutate clan but ultimately betrays them.

32. Fu-Dog - A green-skinned gargoyle, Fu-Dog is known for his loyalty to Brooklyn.

33. Gabriel - A member of the Avalon clan, Gabriel is the son of Coldfire and Coldstone.

34. Goliath - The leader of the Manhattan clan in the Disney series, Goliath is known for his colossal stature. He is the most famous fictional gargoyle.

35. Griff - A gargoyle who looks like a griffin, Griff got displaced in 1995 after he went through the Phoenix Gate.

36. Hollywood - Hollywood is Broadway's clone.

37. Hudson - An elder and a former leader of the Wyvern clan, Hudson serves as the advisor to the Manhattan clan.

38. Jade - Like Goliath in terms of facial appearance, Jade is a green-skinned gargoyle member of the Mayan Clan. This is another great name for a female gargoyle.

39. Kai - The leader of the Japanese Clan Ishimura.

40. Katana - Originating in the Ishimura clan during Japan's feudal years, Katana becomes a part of the Manhattan Clan through Brooklyn.

41. Leo - A gargoyle who looks like a lion in the London clan.

42. Lexington - The smallest gargoyle in the Manhattan clan, Lexington is known for being a tech wizard.

43. Little Anton - A giant gargoyle created by Anton Sevarius after using all the gargoyles' DNA.

44. Lunette - A gargoyle who looks similar to a winged unicorn, Lunette is the daughter of London clan members Leo and Una.

45. Maggie Reed - Initially a human, Maggie Reed was later transformed into a gargoyle whose appearance was a combination of a bat, an electric eel, and a lion.

46. Malibu - Malibu is Brooklyn's clone, and viewers of the series get hints that he is in a relationship with Delilah, which is disappointing to Brooklyn.

47. Nashville - The gargoyle son of Brooklyn and Katana, Nashville is often referred to as Gnash for short.

48. Obsidiana - A blue-skinned gargoyle in the Mayan Clan and Zafiro's mate. She is known to use her healing and herbalist skills.

49. Ophelia - Ophelia is a turquoise-skinned gargoyle from the Avalon clan with a distinct wing feature.

50. Othello - Othello was Goliath's rookery brother and joined the Manhattan clan in 1998.

51. Pog - A hippogriff-like gargoyle and the oldest member of the London clan.

52. Sora - A member of the Ishimura Clan and the second in command to Kai.

53. Staghart - A gargoyle who looks like a white stag, Staghart shares a close friendship with the Manhattan clan's Lexington.

54. Talon - The leader of the Mutate clan, whose physical appearance is like a combination of a bat, a black panther, and an electric eel.

55. Tasha - Tasha mutated into a human armadillo in the series.

56. Thailog - Created by Anton Sevarius, Thailog is a clone of Goliath and eventually forms a partnership with Demona under Alexander Thailog.

57. Thug - Thug was mutated into a human crocodile and, before being freed by Sevarius, was in charge of guarding Fang's cell.

58. Turquesa - A blue-skinned gargoyle from the Mayan Clan who wears the turquoise amulet.

59. Una - The leader of the London clan, Una is a gargoyle who looks like a unicorn.

60. Yama - A former Ishimura clan member and Sora's ex-mate who was banished for his criminal acts. He eventually joins Robyn Canmore's Redemption Squad to make amends for his misdeeds.

61. Zafiro - The leader of the Mayan Clan and a red-skinned gargoyle with a unique feather-winged appearance and a snake tail instead of legs.

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Funny Gargoyle Names

When you think about it, there's nothing funny about gargoyles. However, in the 1996 Disney movie 'The Hunchback Of Notre Dame', there are three incredibly funny gargoyles who play pivotal roles in the film.

Let's check out the names and roles in this section and learn the names of two other gargoyles from Terry Pratchett's comic book world of 'Discworld'.

62. Hugo - Of the three gargoyles, Hugo is the most striking and comical When he is in his non-living statue form, he encourages numerous birds to nest within his mouth, which he later spits out. Hugo is also a supporter of Quasimodo.

63. Laverne - The most competent of the three gargoyles, Laverne is an old gargoyle who is like a wise mother to Quasimodo. In the movie, she resolves many difficult situations rationally.

64. Victor - Victor is the voice of caution among the gargoyles and speaks in a deep British accent. He is the most innocent gargoyle and often acts cowardly in challenging situations. He also regularly apologizes for his actions.

65. Constable Downspout - A friendly gargoyle who appears in the book 'Feet Of Clay', written by Terry Pratchett.

66. Constable Pediment - Another friendly gargoyle from Terry Pratchett's 'Discworld' universe appears in the book 'Jingo'.

Gargoyles Names in Mythology

Gargoyles are portrayed in modern fantasy as fearsome monsters with rocky skin that turn to stone during the day. They have also been represented as a mythological race in games like 'Dungeons and Dragons.' Read along to learn some gargoyle names and meanings representing mythological characters.

67. Abaddon (Greek origin) means 'destruction.'

68. Acheros (Latin American origin) means 'river of sorrow.'

69. Achlys (Greek origin) means 'darkness.'

70. Ahriman (Persian origin) means 'evil spirit' or 'devil.'

71. Apep (Egyptian origin) means 'to slither.'

72. Ares (Greek origin) means 'ruin.'

73. Asmodeus (Hebrew origin) means 'demon of wrath.'

74. Azazel (Hebrew origin) means 'total removal' or 'scapegoat.'

75. Azvameth (Hebrew origin) means 'strong death.'

76. Birsha (Hebrew origin) means 'evil.'

77. Bora (Turkish origin) means 'storm.'

78. Chernobog (Slavic origin) means 'God.'

79. Diabolos (Greek origin) means 'accuser' or 'slanderer.'

80. Dolion (Greek origin) means 'deceitful.'

81. Demogorgon (Greek origin) means 'grim demon.'

82. Devland (Irish origin) means 'misfortune.'

83. Gedeon (Hebrew origin) means 'destroyer.'

84. Gorgon (Greek origin) means 'terrible.'

85. Hadeon (Croatian origin) means 'destroyer.'

86. Helmer (German origin) means 'the wrath of a warrior.'

87. Jaakobah (Hebrew origin) means 'deceiver.'

88. Kek (Egyptian origin) means 'God of darkness.'

89. Keket (Egyptian origin) means 'Goddess of darkness.'

90. Lamia (Arabic and Latin origins) means 'large shark.'

91. Lilith (Hebrew origin) means 'of the night.'

92. Loki (Scandinavian origin) means 'trickster.'

93. Mara (Hebrew origin) means 'bitter.'

94. Orpheus (Greek origin) means 'the night's darkness.'

95. Ravana (Sanskrit origin) means 'ten-headed man.'

96. Runihura (Egyptian origin) means 'destroyer.'

97. Sephtis (Persian origin) means 'eternal death.'

98. Seth (Egyptian origin) means 'the dazzling one.'

99. Tavarious (American origin) means 'misfortune.'

100. Than (Greek origin) means 'death.'

101. Ubel (German origin) means 'evil.'

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Written by Georgia Stone

Bachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

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Georgia StoneBachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

Georgia is an experienced Content Manager with a degree in French and Film Studies from King's College London and Bachelors degree from Université Paris-Sorbonne. Her passion for exploring the world and experiencing different cultures was sparked during her childhood in Switzerland and her year abroad in Paris. In her spare time, Georgia enjoys using London's excellent travel connections to explore further afield.

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