Origin, Meaning, And History Of Lilith
The name Lillith comes from the Akkadian word ‘Lilitu,’ meaning ‘of the night.’ The term also closely resembles the Hebrew word ‘ilu,’ referring to a ‘night bird.’ In Judaism, Lilith is Adam’s first wife, who was banished from the Garden of Eden. Unlike Eve who was made from Adam’s ribs, Lilith was made from the same soil as Adam and therefore, refused to be subservient to him. She gets mentioned in various religious texts as the first of the demons on Earth. As a result, she continues to be a source of inspiration for many pop-cultural references, literature, occult, and horror.
Lilith as a night creature first appears in Isaiah 34 of the Old Testament in a list of animals. However, this reference cannot be found in common Bible translations such as King James Version (KJV) or New International Version (NIV). In a Mandaean story, Lilith is mentioned as representing the branches of a tree along with other demonic figures. Though the name has symbolic references to evil and demons, it is considered popular.
In fiction, Lilith is the name of a fantasy novel by the Scottish author George MacDonald, published in 1895. The novel questions the issue of life, death, and salvation. A Jewish feminist magazine by the name ‘Lilith’ has been in publication since 1976 headed by Susan Weidman Schneider as the editor-in-chief. Lilith is also the name of two Marvel Comics characters, first appearing as the daughter of Dracula and as a demon sorceress in Ghost Rider. The character of Lilith serves as one of the antagonists in Doctor Who.
One of the playable characters in the Borderland series, a fast-paced first-person shooter video game, is named Lilith and it is also the name of the primary antagonist in the hit action-adventure game called Devil May Cry. Lilith is also the name of a 2001 opera by Deborah Drattell and a 2017 album by Butcher Babies.
How To Pronounce Lilith?
- Olya/Ola LilithAmerican singer/actress in Yiddish theatre
- Lilith NagarIsraeli actress/TV host/singer, known for her works like The End Of Milton Levy and Michael Ezra Safra And Sons
- Lilith UngererGerman Actress, known for her roles in Alpha Alpha and Tatort
- Lilith Saintcrow American writer, featured in anthology alongside Neil Gaiman
- Lilith CzarAmerican musician/entrepreneur, former lead singer of the rock band Automatic Loveletter
- Lilith StagenbergEnglish actress, starred in the film Wild and Dark Satellites
Lilith On The Popularity Chart
Owing to the origins of the name that is connected to demons and evil spirits, many avoided the name. However, since the turn of the new millennium, the term became popular as it also began to denote exceptional beauty, and as a siren temptress of wisdom and power. Let us continue reading to study its popularity through various years.
Popularity Over Time
Lilith had few takers in the 1980s and the early 1990s. However, since the turn of the 2000s, the name’s popularity has been growing by leaps and bounds, peaking at an average of 1157 per million, registering the name in 2021.Source: Social Security Administration
Rank Over Time
Lilith was not a popular name in the 1980s. However, since the late 1990s, it has seen a massive revival and peaked at the 268th rank in 2021.Source: Social Security Administration
Names With Similar Sound As Lilith
A popular name, Lilith has many variations so if you are looking for some other words that sound similar, here are some options for you.
Names With Similar Meaning As Lilith
If you feel that the name Lilith is not to your liking, then you can consider some names given below that have similar meanings.