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Gender: F Pronunciation: LIL-ith Meaning of Lilith: "ghost, night monster" Origin of Lilith: Assyrian, Sumerian Lilith's Popularity in 2016: #534

Lilith has been demonized since medieval times, with Jewish folklore portraying her as Adam's rejected first wife, who was turned into a hideous night demon for refusing to obey him. So, 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 nearly 500 spots since, to its current Number 534.

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.

Famous People Named Lilith

Lilith Love (b. 1964), pseudonym of Dutch photographer and artist Henriëtte Johanna Ignatia Maria van Gasteren
Lilith "Lilit" Nagar (b. 1935), Israeli Arabic-language television host, actress, and singer
Lilith Saintcrow (b. 1976), American novelist
Scarlet Lilith Eleida Page, daughter of musician Jimmy Page
Nuit Ma Ahathoor Hecate Sappho Jezebel Lilith Crowley, 1904-06, daughter of occultist Aleister Crowley

Pop Culture References for the name Lilith

Lilith Fair, music festival featuring women artists
Lilith Sternin, character on TV's "Cheers" and "Frasier"
Lilith Clay, character in the Teen Titans series
Lilith Arthur, main character in J.R. Salamanca's "Lilith" and 1964 movie
Lilith, demon on The CW's "Supernatural"
Lilith, character in the "Mortal Instruments" series by Cassandra Clare
Lilith, the Vampire God on TV's "True Blood"
Lilith Aensland, character in the "Darkstalkers" series
Lilith, demon in the Nevermore series by Kelly Creagh
Lilith, a Siren in the video game "Borderlands"
Lilith, character in the Fallen series by Lauren Kate
Lilith, daughter of Dracula in Marvel Comics
Lilith, demon in Ghost Rider comics
Lilith's Brood, series by Octavia Butler
Lilith Garnet, character in Aphmau's YouTube series
Lilith, Queen of Darkness, character in "Sailor Moon" musical
Lilith, character in video game "Final Fantasy XI"
"Evening on the Ground (Lilith's Song)," song by Iron & Wine
Lilith, Biblical first wife of Adam who turned herself into a demon rather than obey him; also known as Lilit in Hebrew