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Magickal Names for Witches

Just to begin with let me state that a witch does not have to have a magickal, or so-called witch name, in order to practice their craft. It is purely a subjective choice for most witches. Some people choose a witch name because they are being initiated into a coven or group, which requires them to have one. Other witches choose them for secrecy sake if they live in an area where they do not feel safe coming out of the broom closet. Some others choose witch names as a way of signaling their rebirth to a new, spiritual path or a new mystical way of living. Whether you wish to choose a witch name, or practice under the same name your parent(s) gifted you with upon your birth and that you have had for decades, the choice should be yours.

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet” – Shakespeare

Some people choose not to have a witch name at all; some choose to have a common witch name to share with coven members, group members or in public forums. Others of us choose to have a common witch name as well as a private witch name shared only with our deities.

As for myself, I choose the common name Treehugger, because I have been a treehugger since my very early youth, from what my family has always told me. I have a love and affinity for trees, which has been life-long and will never change. I think they are some of the most beautiful and wonderful creatures on the face of the earth. They are unique, long lived and by their very existence, they are making the world a better place for all breathing creatures that need the oxygen they create. They inspire me to remember that by my existence I should be striving to make the world a better place for my having been here.

My late husband, Azrael, gave the name Heather to me. He said that he believed that I was like the heather, which thrived and bloomed among the rockiest paths and in the midst of the most acidic soils, such as would destroy most plants. Yet even so, I thrived and bloomed in the household and family I had. He said that I was as delicate as the flowers on the heather and as hearty as the plant itself. That I would thrive no matter the circumstances because it is my nature.

When choosing a name, you may choose on your own, ask for help from others, wait for the inspiration from nature, seek a name from your deities, or even choose one via numerology and any other magickal means necessary. The most important thing is that you feel at home in the name, that you feel it suits you. If it does not feel right to call yourself by the name, then choose another. You are the one who has to live and practice your craft with the name, so make certain that you like the feel of it as it tumbles from your lips.

A few things to consider in choosing a name:

  • Make a list of descriptive words that call to you.
  • Use a thesaurus to broaden the choice of words beyond those that you are familiar with, if needed.
  • Make certain the name suits you and feels comfortable.
  • Make certain it is not so common that using it will confuse you with others in your area or group.
  • Choose a name that represents your chosen pantheon if any.
  • Choose a name that expresses your path or goals as a witch.
  • Choose a name from the culture that your pantheon belongs to for harmony.
  • Choose a name by meditating or by communing with your chosen deity (ies), if any.
  • Choose a name based on a part of nature you feel drawn to, be it an animal, plant, tree, etc.
  • Choose a name you have seen in a dream.
  • Choose a name you feel may have belonged to you in a previous life.

As with all things magickal take your time and do it right. There is no more rush to choose a witch name, than there is to choose a spiritual path. It needs to be right for you. It needs to speak to your souls as much as your path. As such, take the time to write down several words to choose from as portions of the name or even names as a whole to combine as you see fit. As you think of them, ponder them, meditate on them, combine and recombine them in various ways until you find the one that is right for you. Take a few out for a “test drive” as it were and use them aloud a few times to see how they feel. You will know the right name when you find it.


16 thoughts on “Magickal Names for Witches

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  2. Never did I think there was so much to consider in magical names. I know some people use them some do not but never did I relaize so much was there to consider in the choice of the name. So you have two different names alredy, your name you use always and Heather Treehugger but you have another more secret one? May I ask of you how did you get that one and who knows it?


    • Yes, Andy, I do use many different names that I use commonly in different circles. First I have the maiden legal name given by my parents (my late father, my mom and one of my four surviving siblings still uses this name for me) at my birth. Second, I have the spiritual name given to me when I was a very young teen by an elder of an Abenaki tribe. Third, I have a shortened version of that name which became the nickname I have used with everyone (my other three surviving siblings and all my other friends and family members call me by this name) for the past 42 years. Also, I have my married name which is, of course, the combination of my legal names and the common nickname with my husband’s surname. Then, I have my coven name, which I use to write this blog and all other magickal writings that will become public. Finally, I have the name that I use in private when I am working one-on-one with my deities. They and I are the only ones who know this name.

      It is a personal matter, a name. Some feel comfortable using the same name for all occasions, some do not. As with all things craft and magick related… find that which works for you is the best advice I can offer.


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