Baby Names for the End of the World?

Bolon Yokte KuhYou guys know the world is ending in two weeks, right?

At least, that’s how popular culture has misinterpreted the ending of the 13th b’ak’tun of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar on December 21, 2012.

If your due date is December 21, why not commemorate the date with an end of the world-inspired baby name?

No, I’m not suggesting you go with something ridiculous like Armageddon or Apocalypse. (Though I have seen both used as names. Examples: Rev. Armageddon James Margerum, born in England in 1833, and Ulysses Apocalypse Johnson, born in California in 1992.)

Instead, try a name with a less obvious EotW connection. Perhaps one of these:

  • Maya – the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar is most commonly associated with the Maya
  • Jeremiah – ending sounds like Maya
  • Nehemiah – ending sounds like Maya
  • Deedee – short for doomsday
  • Ann – short for annihilation
  • Catherine – inspired by cataclysm
  • Arma – short for armageddon
  • Armand – inspired by armageddon
  • Armando – inspired by armageddon
  • Gideon – inspired by armageddon
  • Don – inspired by armageddon

Or try one of the dozens of names that happen to contain the word end (short for end of the world, of course).

  • Brenda
  • Brendan
  • Enda (a masculine Irish name, e.g., Enda Kenny)
  • Glenda
  • Gwendolen/Gwendolyn
  • Henderson
  • Hendrik
  • Kendall
  • Kendra
  • Mendel
  • Nagendra
  • Rajendra
  • Rosenda
  • Rosendo
  • Surendra
  • Vendela
  • Wendell
  • Wendy

What other end of the world baby names can you think of?


6 thoughts on “Baby Names for the End of the World?

  1. They’re from a different mythology but how about Lif and Lifthrasir? In Norse Mythology these two humans will survive the events of Ragnarök (‘final destiny of the gods’) and will repopulate the reborn world.

    Lifthrasir (Lífþrasir) = ‘the one striving after life, lover of life’
    Líf = ‘life’

    Lifthrasir isn’t used in modern Scandinavia. But thanks to Liv Tyler and the popularity of Olivia, Lif (or Liv, the modern equivilant) would work very well in the US.

  2. Beginning with End: Endellion/Endelienta/Endelyn (Female Saint in Cornwall)

    Finisterre (A french department, meaning land’s end)

  3. Finn or its variants (based on the latin word for end, as in final, finite…)
    Amaia (“the end”, basque)
    Omega (last letter in the Greek alphabet)

    and for something a little more morbid:
    Casimir (“destroy peace”)
    Persephone (“destroy, murder”)
    Perseus (“destroy”)

  4. With another idea:

    Little Apple Tree

    or, in original german: Apfelbäumchen

    alluding to the (alledged) Luther quote “Wenn ich wüßte, daß morgen die Welt unterginge, würde ich heute noch ein Apfelbäumchen pflanzen.” [If I knew that the end of the world were tomorrow, I’d plant a little apple tree today.]

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