Lilith: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Lilith
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What an awesome name. Yes, Lilith is supposedly a demon, but only because she refused to submit to Adam's authority. Even if you ignore the history, the sound of the name is beautiful and strong. I would give this name to my child.
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This is an ancient name with a long history and different associations for different people. Because of the name's dark goddess or demonic associations in Judeo-Christian folklore (and a story that one of the ways that Lilith asserted her equality with Adam in the Garden of Eden was to refuse to "lie beneath him,") the name occurs frequently in popular fiction for dominatrix or vampire characters. In recent history, the 1973 founding of the Jewish feminist magazine "Lilith" and the women's music festival "Lilith Fair" have done a lot to bring the positive spin on the name to public consciousness.
One of my best friend's names is Lily, but we call her Lilith as a nickname
My name is actually Lily, but my friend started calling me Lilith and it caught on. I don't even know why. But I like it.
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Lilith is a mythological female Mesopotamian storm demon associated with wind and was thought to be a bearer of disease, illness, and death. The figure of Lilith first appeared in a class of wind and storm demons or spirits as Lilitu, in Sumer, circa 4000 BC. Many scholars place the origin of the phonetic name "Lilith" at somewhere around 700 BC despite post-dating even the time of Moses.
In Jewish folklore, Lilith was the first wife of Adam. According to legend, Lilith was created from the same clay as Adam was, but Adam nevertheless insisted that she submit to him and lie beneath him as the inferior one. Lilith refused, pronounced the Ineffable Name, and flew out of Paradise. For this reason, many consider Lilith to be somewhat of a feminist icon.
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Lilith appears as a night demon in Jewish lore and as a screech owl in the King James version of the Bible.
Lilith Pleasant, character in the Sims series of games
Lilith Sternin, wife (and eventually ex-wife) of Frasier Crane in the television series "Cheers", "Frasier", and "Wings"
Lilith is the name of the daughter in "How the West was Won," played by Debbie Reynolds.
Lilith is the white-eyed demon in the TV show "Supernatural," whose death is the final seal to free Lucifer from his cage.