I love this name, but the description that Nameberry gives it doesnt sound very attractive:

[name]Lilith[/name] has been demonized since medieval times, with Jewish folklore portraying her as [name]Adam[/name]'s first wife, who was turned into a hideous bloodsucking night demon for refusing to obey him. So, in spite of its gently pleasant sound, [name]Lilith[/name] is rarely heard outside of reruns of Cheers and [name]Frasier[/name].

Normally meanings dont turn me off of a name but this seems a bit sketchy to me. Any thoughts on whether this should stop me from using the name? Thanks very much.

Personally? I wouldn’t use it. I would use [name]Lilian[/name] or [name]Lilou[/name].

I’ve said this before, but I don’t really give too much credence to meanings. Some really beautiful names have bad meanings, like [name]Cecily[/name], which means blind, of [name]Claudia[/name], which means lame. The only trouble I have with [name]Lilith[/name] is that it sounds kind of lispy, and that turns me off the name. I think [name]Lillian[/name] is prettier.

For me, it makes me love the name even more. I guess probably because I’ve always loved the villans more than the heros :twisted:

I love the story of [name]Lilith[/name]. She refused to submit to [name]Adam[/name] which I think it a strong thing. She claimed that they were both equals and should be treated as so. So she was exiled from the garden of [name]Eden[/name] because she had an opinion and a brain. I think that’s something to be proud of, she stuck to her guns.

I think [name]Lilith[/name] is a beautiful name and if you love it, nothing should keep you from loving it!

I MUCH prefer [name]Lilith[/name] to the other [name]Lil[/name]-xxxx variety of names. It is certainly more unique, a lot less frilly sounding and a has a bit of a bite to it while still being sweet. [name]Lilith[/name] is AWESOME!!! It was my great grandmothers’ name- though she went by her middle name [name]Jean[/name], so perhaps she was not too fond of it.

I really like [name]Lilith[/name], I also like [name]Lily[/name], but [name]Lilith[/name] is wonderful as a fn! I personally don’t give a damn about meanings…

To me, the problem with [name]Lilith[/name] isn’t the meaning, although it’s pretty bad, but rather the namesake. Like most of you, I don’t care a lot about the meanings. If I like a name and it had a good meaning, that’s just a bonus. I’m more concerned with sound, look, and connotations which includes namesakes.

For example, I love the name [name]Fidel[/name]. I love the sound and the look, and it has a great meaning: faithful. However while the meaning is amazing, there’s a horrible namesake, namely Castro, and whenever someone hears [name]Fidel[/name] they think of [name]Fidel[/name] Castro. [name]Lilith[/name] might have a bad meaning, but the problem is that when people hear it they think of the awful first wife of [name]Adam[/name]. So the real problem with [name]Lilith[/name] isn’t the meaning, but rather the connotation. Personally, I don’t think it’s passable, and I wouldn’t use it. [name]Even[/name] if you do name her [name]Lilith[/name], she’ll just end up another [name]Lily[/name].

I have a problem with the negative connotations of the name, not it’s literal meaning. I wouldn’t want to saddle my child with that, when there are perfectly lovely alternatives such as [name]Lillian[/name] or [name]Lilias[/name] that you could use.

I do like the name in a vacuum though – so I named my owl tattoo [name]Lilith[/name]. :stuck_out_tongue:

I’d completely forgotten about [name]Lilith[/name] being [name]Adam[/name]'s first wife. Personally, whenever I think of [name]Lilith[/name] I always think of Fraiser. And for the record, I think this post has a pretty good point:

“I love the story of [name]Lilith[/name]. She refused to submit to [name]Adam[/name] which I think it a strong thing. She claimed that they were both equals and should be treated as so. So she was exiled from the garden of [name]Eden[/name] because she had an opinion and a brain. I think that’s something to be proud of, she stuck to her guns.”

I’ve never heard of [name]Adam[/name]'s first wife [name]Lilith[/name]. It’s not like naming your child [name]Adolph[/name]. I think it’s an unexpected but quite pretty name, although it may be difficult for a small child to pronounce.

I put a lot of stock in name meaning, and I would never want to tell my daughter, who may well want to be a Ballerina, or a [name]Princess[/name] at the age she starts to wonder about her own name (I say this because I was seven) to find out her name is connected with Demonica.

I got to learn that [name]Gabriel[/name] (my name is [name]Gabrielle[/name]) is an [name]Angel[/name], and that my mn [name]Carolina[/name] is the state my mother was born and bred it. Name meaning can go past what a name book, or NB says, sometimes it’s the child who takes something from the meaning. I would never want to be named after/for/the same as a demon. Please take that into consideration.

What about:


The name in itself is absolutely beautiful, but the history behind it is such a shame.
As a [name]Christian[/name], [name]Genesis[/name] 1 is the foundation of my life and [name]Lilith[/name] goes completely against it. I’ve only heard one person make reference to [name]Lilith[/name] and [name]Adam[/name], so I’m not sure how well known it is., but I would hate that to be the only connotation associated with my daughters name.
[name]Just[/name] for the record, [name]Lilith[/name] was NOT [name]Adams[/name] first wife. Its just a myth. [name]Eve[/name] was his one and only :slight_smile:

thank you, everyone, for all the feedback. after thinking about this for months i decided that im gonna go with it. here are my reasons:

  • my moms name means “lily of the valley”
  • my sister and i were born in may, so our birthflower is “lily of the valley”

its my favorite lil- name, and even though im not liking the namesake (i dont believe she even existed), the meaning it has for me more than makes up for the other meaning. plus, with the middle name inlcuding a form of may (after my grandmother), who can resist the nickname lily-may?

I think the story of [name]Adam[/name] and [name]Lilith[/name] is a little bit what you make of it. It has a positive reading for [name]Lilith[/name] and a negative one. This is part of why the [name]Lilith[/name] Fair music festivals took that name, they had a positive take on it, and I think people will think of that music festival more than the story itself when they hear it. The story isn’t known by everyone or anything, and if they do know it they probably know it through the music festival (that is how I came to know of it!).

I like the name pretty well. [name]Lila[/name] or [name]Lilac[/name] is more my style. It’s a name to pause over, but to me more useable than [name]Delilah[/name] or [name]Jezebel[/name] or [name]Salome[/name], maybe because it’s not actually in the Bible per se. The Bible and women is such a complicated matter. Look at some of the potentially negative things that can be said about [name]Eve[/name] or [name]Mary[/name] [name]Magdalene[/name], and variations of their names haven’t gone out of style ([name]Madeline[/name] et al.). Granted, they do have far more redemptive stories than the other three, but I still think it’s interesting.

[name]Long[/name] story short: I think you can use it, but you probably need to love it a lot to do so, and I’m not sure you’re there. Maybe you’ll get there, or maybe it’s a good middle?

Best wishes!

@jesba: thank you for all your comments. im thinking lilith fairamay would be too much then, hahah, darn it. i thought it sounded so pretty too…

p.s. i am very in love with it, im just so far from ever being pregnant that i dont want to obsess too much, lest it seem dull by the time i get to use it.

Ha ha ha! : D. [name]Lilith[/name] Fairamay is actually kind of intriguing and medieval ; ).

When the time comes for you have a child, I hope this name is still fresh for you! But I also think there’s a certain beauty in how our favorites and tastes can change over time. Sometimes new favorites connect to old favorites, and that’s fun.

[name]Lilith[/name] [name]May[/name] nn [name]Lily[/name] [name]May[/name] is great!

Best wishes!

glad youre going to go with it! Or at least keep it on the short list! I know what you mean about loving a name so much but when it comes time to actually use it, its so different. All the best!