Assyrian, Sumerian
"ghost, night monster"

Lilith Origin and Meaning

The name Lilith is a girl's name of Assyrian origin meaning "ghost, night monster".

Lilith is derived from the Akkadian word lilitu meaning "of the night." In Jewish folklore she is portrayed as Adam's rejected first wife, who was turned into a night demon for refusing to obey him. Lilith is unrelated to most other Lil- names, with the exception of Lilita, which is the Latvian variation.

In spite of its gently pleasant sound, Lilith had for the most part been rarely heard outside of reruns of Cheers and Frasier until its recent rise up the charts. It entered the Top 1000 in 2010 and has risen in recent years.

Lilith's demonic aura has followed her through popular culture in various fantasy novels including George MacDonald's 1895 Lilith, comics such as Neil Gaiman's Sandman series, TV shows like True Blood, comics, anime, and numerous video games.

But that could be changing, in part due to Lilith Fair, the all-female traveling music festival organised by Canadian singer Sarah McLaughlin, which has raised millions for women's charities. Lilith may also ride the coat-tails of the resurgence in (non-related) Lily names.

# 232 in the US

Lilith Rank in US Top 1000

# 73 on Nameberry

Lilith Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Lilith Popularity

Famous People Named Lilith

  • Lilith Lovepseudonym of Dutch photographer and artist Henriëtte Johanna Ignatia Maria van Gasteren
  • Lilith "Lilit" NagarIsraeli Arabic,language television host, actress, and singer
  • Lilith SaintcrowAmerican novelist
  • Scarlet Lilith Eleida Pagedaughter of musician Jimmy Page
  • Nuit Ma Ahathoor Hecate Sappho Jezebel Lilith Crowleydaughter of occultist Aleister Crowley
  • Elizabeth "Lilith" GraydonSmith Stannus, Anglo,Irish glassmaker, mother of ballerina Ninette de Valois
  • Hannah Lillith AssadiAmerican novelist

Lilith in Pop Culture

  • LilithBiblical first wife of Adam who turned herself into a demon rather than obey him; also known as Lilit in Hebrew
  • Lilith Sternin Cranecharacter on TV's "Cheers" and "Frasier"
  • Lilith Claycharacter in the Teen Titans series
  • Lilith Arthurmain character in J.R. Salamanca's "Lilith" and 1964 movie
  • Lilithdemon on The CW's "Supernatural"
  • Lilithcharacter in the "Mortal Instruments" series by Cassandra Clare
  • Liliththe Vampire God on TV's "True Blood"
  • Lilith Aenslandcharacter in the "Darkstalkers" series
  • Lilithdemon in the Nevermore series by Kelly Creagh
  • Lilitha Siren in the video game "Borderlands"
  • Lilithcharacter in the Fallen series by Lauren Kate
  • Lilithdaughter of Dracula in Marvel Comics
  • Lilithdemon in Ghost Rider comics
  • Lilith's Broodseries by Octavia Butler
  • Lilith Garnetcharacter in Aphmau's YouTube series
  • LilithQueen of Darkness, character in "Sailor Moon" musical
  • Lilithcharacter in video game "Final Fantasy XI"
  • Lilith Pleasanta character in the game The Sims 2.
  • Lilith “Lily” Sullivancharacter in Case 39
  • Lilithcharacter in Fire Emblem Fates
  • "Evening on the Ground (Lilith's Song)" song by Iron & Wine
  • Lilith Fairmusic festival featuring women artists
  • Lilith Vatorecharacter from The Sims 4