Lilith 🔥

Gender: Female Pronunciation: LIL-ith Meaning of Lilith: "ghost, night monster" Origin of Lilith: Assyrian, Sumerian Lilith's Popularity in 2019: #403

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.

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Luci_B Says:


Don’t name your kid after a demon

Luci_B Says:


So... is it feminist naming your daughter after a demon?

FractalShadow Says:


In Jewish folklore, she's considered a demon who kills pregnant women and children. But some see her in a different light. Also, she's been a demon for a long time, even back into Sumerian times. It's only recently that she's getting rebranded as a hero. She was never a goddess historically. Here's a source: https://www.myjewishlearnin... The name is pretty though, and some might like the history.

wineaunt Says:


I only caught onto this name once I discovered her in mythology - I kind of love that it's a pagan feminist name that slips under the radar because it sounds pleasant and 'normal'. I'd love to use it! Also the meaning being listed as "ghost, night monster" seems harsh.

TechnoKitten Says:


I really like this name.To me it sounds very beautiful!

zingyapple Says:


Lilith Pleasant from the Sims 2 is included but no Lilith Vatore from TS4 Vampires? :(

zingyapple Says:


I'm Wiccan as well! Lilith is such a beautiful name, too. I'm sad it's been demonised for so long.

Sweekune Says:


This is my daughter's name. I love the strong woman/feminist connotations and have zero regrets using it. We get lots of compliments on her name.

Daiseymae Says:


Wow! All the debate about this name, and I only came across this name in a film called "Lilith" from 1965 starring Jean Seberg and Warren Beatty.

deusvult Says:


The originals.

deusvult Says:


Of course no Christian would stone you to death - that is part of the old Covenant, not the new.

deusvult Says:


She's not even in the Bible. There are presumably many different stories about why she was supposedly thrown out, however the one that I heard was that she wanted to have power over Adam.

sablemae98 Says:


Other meanings of the name include "belonging to/of the night"

CookieCrumbs Says:


How the heck is Lilith more extreme than Maleficent?! O.o

nipnerb Says:


Though a book's prologue or epilogue might not be the same as a regular chapter, it still has relevance to the plot. In the same way, the folklore or mythology of a religion might not be the same as a standard section of the religion's "main" text, but the teachings of the folklore and mythology are still very much relevant to the religion itself. Lilith might not be in the Tanakh, (the Hebrew equivalent to the Christian Bible), according to your research, but she does appear in Jewish folklore, and is therefore relevant to the plot, if you will, of the Jewish faith. Also, as far as saying everything a religion believes in, is all, and only in the central text, that is simply not true. For example, not all Christians follow all of the Bible's teachings. I doubt you would stone me to death for not being Christian, however, Deuteronomy 13:6-10 says to do just that. Leviticus 11:7-8 advises Christians not to eat pork. Some Christians may follow this, and some might not, but that does not affect their stance as a Christian. I suggest in the future you read descriptions of names, and comments carefully, and then do your research, instead of blindly googling for justification of your opinion. A misunderstanding in conversation or lack of knowledge about how religion works could be all you are arguing about.

In case you, or anyone, wondered, though by now it is not relevant to the discussion, I consider myself an atheist, and because of the feminist symbol I associate with it, I also love the name Lilith.

hermioneameliastyles Says:


For Nameberry fans, Lilith could be a better replacement for names like Lilly, and or other popular lil- names.

marnie r Says:


I love this name and hate that it's considered to have a negative connotation because she wanted to be Adam's equal. "Always be Lilith, never Eve."

VelvetEar Says:


Gosh. Pretty name. But how awful would it be for a little girl to look up her name to find out the meaning, only to see that it means "night monster"?

beachbear Says:


I am a Christian (who loves to question everything), I have never heard of Lilith, and I really like the name. Also, from the way Adam behaved in Genesis—blaming Eve for his own sin—some might say he deserved to be left ;). More power to her!

nipnerb Says:


The Jewish bible is called the Tanakh.

Floris Says:


That's ok:) I just think it's amusing what was (or wasn't) in the bible according to some people...

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Possibly. Once again, that was me spouting off stuff without thinking about who others would respond.

Floris Says:


Same :)

Floris Says:


Or you could go online and read Isaia 34:13-... Depending on the bible you're reading Lillith is actually mentioned by name...

Floris Says:


There is actually a lillith in the bible... You may want to google it?

Floris Says:


She's also mentioned (by name, depending on your version) in Isaiah 34:14, and Lillith is definitely part of Jewish folklore, I agree... Of course not everything people believe in is clearly biblical, just like the Trinity Doctrine, for example.

Floris Says:


She's mentioned in Isaiah, there are various bibles that mention her by name in Isaiah 34:14. They certainly did see her as a demon...

EW314 Says:


Religious squabbles aside, I think this is a beautiful name with a quiet strength to it. It's soft and pretty, but not at all frilly. My favourite Lil- name by a mile.

ottertails Says:


Pretty sound, but I wouldn't want my child to be connected to a demon that kills children. Even if the Adam-Lilith story did start out as a satire and for other humorous purposes, I'm too superstitious.

eveyalecia Says:


Just to add my two cents of research on this name:

Lilith was not the name of a Sumerian goddess-- this idea was based on a translation of the Epic of Gilgamesh that we now know was incorrect.
The words lili and lilitu are Akkadian and are believed to actually have origin in proto-Semitic. Lili and lilitu have been translated to mean "spirit," "demon," or sometimes lil is translated as "air" or "wind."
Because many of the languages in that area of the world are related, it's not surprising that lilit or lilith is also found in Hebrew. The only time lilith is found in the Christian bible is in Isaiah, where it is most likely in relation to an animal, probably an owl, since this passage is a list of animals deemed to be unclean.
There is a demon named Lilith in Jewish mythology (perhaps so named because of the root lil meaning "spirit" or maybe even for the connection to owls which are often seen as a "witch's" familiar), but it does originate from Jewish mythology, not Sumerian or any other.
Although some Christians do adopt this mythology, it is not supported by the doctrines of most major Christian denominations.

Granted, all this information was from a pretty shallow Google search, not any intense research, but from my own knowledge of linguistics and mythology, this sounds very probable.

I think Lilith sounds very pretty, I do not believe that Lilith was the name of a wife of Adam, and I think the Jewish myth of Lilith sounds super misogynistic, so in my opinion Lilith is a great name, and ignore the haters. :)

TheHumanCanvas Says:


Lilith is a lovely name :)

ColleenAbigail Says:


As my comment above states, Lilith is mentioned in the Bible, just not in Genesis. Her name appears in Isaiah 34:14, although some translations of that verse translate her name to mean "screech owl," "monster," or "night animal," and other translations leave her name as Lilith. Although this says nothing of her alleged role as Adam's wife, it does suggest that those people who wrote Isaiah were exposed to some folklore mentioning a creature called Lilith.

Additionally, some forms of Christianity are not limited to the Book. Different sects of Christians view and weight the Bible differently. For example, Catholicism, which is a branch of Christianity, places a very high value on the traditions and sacraments of the Church and writings of Catholic theologians, in addition to the Word.

ColleenAbigail Says:


Lilith is mentioned in the Bible, but not in Genesis. Her name appears in Isaiah 34:14. Some translations of that verse translate Lilith as "monster" or "screech owl," but many translations leave the name Lilith without translating it.

hollyannabell Says:


This name is really starting to grow on me. I normally wouldn't go for it because all the Lily names are the most popular thing on the planet but I have a soft spot for ends in th names. I think it is unusual enough and the reason Lily is so popular is that it is a really cute name. The meaning "of the night" is kinda badass.

Bobcat108 Says:


As far as "Christianity is ONLY the Bible, nothing extra-biblical," I think St. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, & dozens of other theologians over the centuries would disagree that their writings aren't part of Christianity. Just one example: The Nicene Creed is an integral part of Christianity. The first part of the creed was developed at the First Council of Nicea in 325 CE. That's definitely post-Biblical.

Bobcat108 Says:


Um. Catholics are Christians.

NaomiNY Says:


When I hear Lilith, I automatically think of the shows "Cheers" and "Frasier".

glitterandrocknroll Says:


I've read some of the comments and I had no idea about Lilith's origins in the Wiccan and Pagan religions. It does seem like a feminist name to me, which is pretty cool. I don't remember ever being taught about Lilith when I was religious (although I was Catholic, not Christian). Regardless, I like the sound of this name. It's a bit funkier than Lily and not as stuffy as Lilian. I would name my kid this, but I know that too many people would bother her about its origins, so I don't know. I like that it's different, though.

summersnow Says:


Even without everything associated with this name, I just don't like the sound of it. This name could be the name of a beautiful angel and have a great meaning like life or beauty or happiness or God is with her and I still wouldn't use it because I just don't like this name.

l_cotton Says:


??? That is what I was with Jewish folklore that the name gained a negative connotation...

Marissa Watson Says:


That's not even close to how religions work.

E. Says:


It's alright :)

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I understand. Didn't mean any disrespect :)

E. Says:


Yeah Jews do not follow the New Testament. I was referring to the thing about bad and demeaning things in Christianity.

And yeah I just thought I would clear some things up. A lot of people go by what they hear about Christianity and what they hear isn't Biblical. So I just like to clarify things and encourage people to read the Bible for themselves if they want to know what is in it. I didn't mean to make controversy. It's just that someone in this comment section thinks Lilith is a part of Christianity but she isn't. Lilith is Jewish folklore, yes, but Lilith being Adam's wife isn't in Genesis (which is the same for Jews and Christians).

I really mean no disrespect in all I am saying :) I think anyone of any faith doesn't want people believing something about their faith that isn't true.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


All good :)

E. Says:


Oh okay I'm glad you cleared that up :)

I have no idea why my comment turned out like that. It must have been a glitch because it wasn't like that when I typed it out.

E. Says:


If you skim through Genesis you will see that Lilith is not in Genesis. How am I sounding self-righteous? Even if someone isn't Christian and they read the Bible they will see that Lilith is not in Genesis. The way religions work is that people have a book that encompasses what the faith teaches. Everything Muslims believe is in the Koran, everything Mormons believe is in the Book of Mormon, everything Christians believe is in the Bible, etc. I am trying to be loving and respectful towards you so I hope you are not taking what I am saying the wrong way :) This is getting way off topic about a baby name. All I was trying to do is let you know that I, as a Christian, did not have a negative connotation attached to the name Lilith since Lilith is not said to be Adam's wife in the Bible. I thought I was saying something nice letting you know that Lilith is not portrayed as a demon in the Bible.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Isn't the New Testament Christina not Jewish? I maybe wrong because I'm neither christian nor Jewish. I know that not everything that was written in history is believed today. Do you really think that story would sit well with 21st century women? Of course nothing Jesus did was bad, I'd be disturbed if people worshipped someone who did cruel or bad things.

It's funny that one comment created so much controversy.

alchemicallypurplefairy Says:


As a Christian, even thought I know Lilith isn't in the Bible, I still wouldn't use it because of the associations with demons.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Oh trust me, I don't think that all Christians are bad. I have heaps of friends who are Christians who are very respectable. One of my friends who is christian is one of the nicest people I've ever known. But a lot of wars through history have been started by religions (not just Christianity). I agree that religion should be about respecting and loving. Not all christians are violent, But some are extremists as with a lot of the main religions. As long as what they're doing isn't harming others then I don't have a problem with it.

(Btw why did you type with so many unnecessary lines?)

E. Says:


I am talking about a baby name and its supposed negative connotations.

If you have other problems with Christianity there is nothing I can do about that in a comment section of a baby name site. I suggest checking out if you want to know what Christians think about the claims that Christianity is based off of pagan cultures. Again I hope nothing I am typing is coming off as rude. All I wanted to do was let you know that Lilith is not in the Bible (which means it is not a part of Christianity) :)

E. Says:


Christianity is the Bible. And no Christians believe Lilith to be part of Christianity because it is not in the Bible. I am sorry but I don't think you quite understand what Christianity is. Christianity is the teachings of Christ and God's word which is the Bible. Any other stories not in the Bible are not part of Christianity. That is not my own personal beliefs, it is fact. Judaism is different from Christianity. There are oral traditions and stories in Judaism that are taught which are not in the written Torah (I hope I am explaining that right, I am not Jewish), but Christianity has nothing like that. Christianity is ONLY the Bible, nothing extra-biblical. Also side note: Lilith being Adam's wife was an old verbal story made up by Jewish teachers and it is not in the written Torah and is not taught today. Nothing I am typing is my own beliefs, it is fact. Like the sky is blue and grass is green, Christianity consists of the the teachings in the Bible. That is just how Christianity works. Also it doesn't matter if I believe the story of Lilith being Adam's wife to be true or not, it is a fact that it is not written in Genesis so therefore is not part of Christianity. You should read the Bible if you still don't believe me. You will not read anything about Lilith in Genesis. I hope you don't take anything I have typed as rude. I am just clarifying to you what Christianity is. :)

Marissa Watson Says:


My problems with your religion are not as simple as a name, its the outright left of almost every pagan culture that was done to create "your" stories, traditions, and holidays that pisses me off.

Marissa Watson Says:


I never said anything about the Bible, I was referring to the mythologies of the religions, and she is absolutely a part of Jewish and Christian mythology regardless of whether you personally believe the story or not.

E. Says:


I am Christian and never had any negative
connotations to the name Lilith since I never heard of people thinking she was
Adam's first wife until reading these comments. Adam's first wife was not
Lilith. His only wife was Eve. If you want to know what the Bible teaches then
you should read it. You don't need to be upset with Christians over the name
Lilith. Don't worry about Christians thinking the name is demonic because the
story of Lilith being Adam's wife isn't even Biblical so most Christians won't
even know the story. :)

E. Says:


Just because something is Jewish folklore does
not mean it is believed today and also does not mean it is in the written
Jewish Bible. A google search will show you that Lilith being Adam's wife is
not in the Jewish Bible. Also if you want to know what Christianity teaches I
suggest you read the New Testament. Nothing that Jesus taught is bad. :)

E. Says:


Lilith being Adam's wife is not in the written
Jewish Bible. I did a google search that showed this. I also read that Genesis
is the same to Jews and Christians.

E. Says:


Lilith is not a part of Christianity at all.
The story of Lilith being Adam's wife is never mentioned in Genesis. Lilith is
not in the Jewish Bible either. (Genesis is the same for Jews and Christians.)
I am Christian and I had never heard of Lilith until reading these comments. I
did a google search and read that most Jews have never heard of Lilith either
and most of the ones that have heard of the story do not believe it. If you
want to know what Christians believe then you should read the Bible. :)

E. Says:


Lilith is not in the Jewish Bible. I am not
Jewish so I had to do a google search and it showed me that most Jews have not
heard of Lilith and most of the ones that have do not believe in the story.
From what I have read Genesis is the same for Jews and Christians. I suggest
you read the Bible if you want to do thorough research into what Christians and
Jews believe about the first man, Adam. :)

E. Says:


Christianity actually teaches that Christians
should be respectful and loving when telling people about the Lord. If some
people in history said their reasoning behind starting a war was because of
Jesus then they clearly did not follow His or His disciples’ teachings. It
bothers me that some people think Christians are violent, warring people. If
you read the Bible (specifically the New Testament) you will find that what I
stated is true. :)

E. Says:


Lilith is not in the Bible or the Jewish Bible.
Nowhere in Genesis does it state that Adam's first wife was Lilith. (Genesis is
the same for Jews and Christians.) The story of Lilith is not a part of
Christianity at all. I had never heard of Lilith until seeing these comments on
the name. I am Christian and the name Lilith never had demonic connotations to
me because the story of Lilith being Adam's wife is not even in the Bible. If you want to know what Christianity
teaches then you should read the Bible. :)

Marissa Watson Says:


That is NOT the meaning of the name, its from the Akkadian Lilitu and means of the, or belonging to, the night.

Marissa Watson Says:


In Hebrew and Christian mythology she's not considered a goddess at all, she's a human women turned demon. Her goddess origins date back to long before that. Get your facts straight.

Marissa Watson Says:


That is not the origin of the Lilith, that is the Christian attempt at demonizing a powerful goddess and symbol of female empowerment.

Marissa Watson Says:


I am naming my daughter that so I must be nobody then, and your religion is what demonized Lilith, she was a powerful fertility Goddess that was a protector of pregnant women and infants and has been associated with female empowerment since Sumeria, a religion and civilization far older than the thievery and lies of christianity.

Marissa Watson Says:


She's a fertility goddess and protector of pregnant women and infants that dates back to Sumeria, the oldest civilation as yet known to man, any simple google search will turn up multiple websites with this information, the original poster should have provided that information instead of only giving judaic and christian origins for her, if she is in fact a true pagan she should know that information.

l_cotton Says:


The name Lilith has two meanings, both derived from the same ancient story. The story goes like this:

God (Yahweh) makes Adam a wife, Lilith, but he makes her separate from Adam, unlike Eve who is made from one of his ribs. They are created as equals. Adam tries to have Lilith submit to him, to lay under him, and she refuses because she is his equal, not his subordinate. God casts her out of the Garden of Eden and creates Eve for Adam, who will obey him.

The story continues in Jewish folklore, she becomes an adversary to Adam, attacking his male children (many feminist scholars say that she is defending the females who must submit to Adam's sons' control). In folklore, this turns her into a 'demon'.

Translated directly from Hebrew, Lilith means owl or night spirit, layil or לילה meaning night.

Her story of female empowerment was perceived as a threat by many and so her story was used as a warning for girls to obey their husbands and fathers or else they would become little 'demons'

l_cotton Says:


In Jewish folklore, that is what she is portrayed as. Not in Hebrew mythology.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


The only reason I wouldn't use this name is because I dont like the sound of it. I don't picture Lilith as a demon. I would love to call my daughter a different strong female name like Brighid or Artemis

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


After doing a lot of research into Paganism and religion, j think Wicca is the only religion that hasn't started wars (even though it's an early religion) and doesn't think their way is the ONLY way. I find it fascinating and woman empowering.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


In the Jewish bible she is Adams first wife, she left because she wouldn't bow down and submit to Adam, which pissed him off. There are many different version of the same story when it comes to mythology. She is a good symbol of equality and feminism.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


She is a symbol of feminism

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Actually if you look her up, she IS apart of Jewish folklore. So maybe YOU should do your research before saying others a wrong. I have christian friends who are naive to all the bad and demeaning stuff that christianity slyly says.

LadyVanRaven Says:


That surprises me because I thought in Hebrew she was only considered a human turned demon/succubus? I've definitely seen Pagans bring her up as a goddess before, but never any where else have I seen her mentioned as such.

I realize what you mean about her being demonized because she was a woman but I still find it hard to believe she was a goddess. It's possible the character in the Jewish bible was based off an actual goddess but even that is a but murky...I've had no luck in trying to find true goddess origins for Lilith myself. If you have found the true origins of Lilith please lend me some links because Lilith fascinates me to no end and I really would like to believe she was worshiped as a goddess (besides by modern Pagans) ;)

PS: Sorry I am hard to persuade but I usually need good solid evidence before I truly believe something like this. Just trying to get my own thoughts and suspicions out there as I'm new to being Pagan and come across the Lilith argument a lot (yet am still confused and skeptical). ;)

jojobabyberry Says:


I honestly don't give a damn about the connotations, I love this name and would definitely use it.

Edina Says:


In hebrew she's considered a dangerously beutiful goddess who refused to be below Adam, but in the eyes of most wiccans and pagans shes strong not evil

Guest Says:


Even though technically this name isn't in the Bible (hey Raphael isn't either) everytime I hear this name on tv it's the name of a demon character. If it didn't have the connection I would totally use the name.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


This infuriates me. There was no Lilith in the Bible. Adam's only wife was Eve. The whole Lilith thing is made up.

LadyVanRaven Says:


Love the look of the name and love the woman associated with it (I consider her pretty badass actually...). Only thing is the ending...- ith...Lilith is pretty hard for me to pronounce properly because of it and unfortunately that ruins the name for me in that way (at least as a first name...would still use in the middle!) :(

LadyVanRaven Says:


Out of simple curiosity...where is Lilith considered a goddess?

DryLake Says:


I also like to think about this name as a name fitting for a strong woman.

laceyms124 Says:


Never heard any of these stories before, it's too bad (I don't view the associations as positive) because Lilith is such a gorgeous name.

Sweekune Says:


Or you could look at it as a really awesome feminist name, which is my own personal view. I plan to name my daughter Lilith and have no qualms about using it.

dramagrl19 Says:


Lilith from the point of view of a Baptist, Lilith is not in the Bible. Lilith was used in a parable to make the Biblical point of wives submitting to their husbands. Even though it is just a parable, I still wouldn't use Lilith because of that connection. It's like naming your daughter Maleficent (obviously, Lilith is much more extreme) -- she isn't real, but there are such bad connections there that nobody would want to name their kid that.

Edina Says:


One I wasn't putting anyone down, I was only simply putting down facts and mythology about lilith the back story of her from another perspective then the ones listed. And two you're right she isn't a realy person beacause she wasn't a person at all she is a goddess. And two she is in the Jewish bible. I wasn't being rude I was just standing up for a goddess that I belive doesn't deserve the bad name she has been given. Do you're research a little more in depth before you state your side of a discussion. You just ignorant when you say things without doing research.

Fantastique Says:


In the JEWISH bible she is.

MeganJoy Says:


She is not in the bible at all. She is not a real person. You should do your research before putting others down.

Edina Says:


Just a bit of a back story about Lilith from the point of view of a Wiccan. The only real reason Lilith is portrayed as a demon is because she left Adam. She is actually a goddess for things like freedom, courage, passion. She believed she was an equal to Adam, and he of course wouldn't have it. The only reason she is a "demon" in most religions is because countless religions believe that men are higher than women and Lilith left Adam because he thought the same. So no she's not a demon or evil. She's just an amazing goddess who believed in equality. You should look into more than the biblical definitions of goddesses. Look at her in a different perspective, through what the Pagans and the Wiccans believed. Piece it together, she's not as evil as the Bible or the Cabala or any other religious book makes her out to be.