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Popularity of the Baby Name Lilith

Posts that Mention the Name Lilith

Baby Names Inspired by the Solar Eclipse

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On August 21, the United States will see its first coast-to-coast solar eclipse since 1918. If you’re planning to have — or conceive! — a baby around the time of the eclipse, you might be interested in a name that marks the event (but that isn’t as audacious as Eclipse itself). So what are your options?

Names with “celestial” associations

A solar eclipse involves the alignment of three celestial bodies — the sun (a star), the moon, and the Earth — in the sky. You could use a name that is associated in some way with one of these elements, such as…

“Sun” names Helios, Elio, Sunny, Sol, Solange, Soleil, Solaris, Ravi, Samson, Surya, Sunniva, Haruko, Hinata
“Star” names Star, Stella, Estelle, Starla, Astra, Seren, Tara, Citlali, Hoshi
“Moon” names Luna, Moon, Selene, Selena, Chandra, Mahina, Qamar, Dawa
“Earth” names Eartha, Gaia, Tierra, Tlaloc, Avani
“Sky” names Sky, Skyla, Skylar, Lani, Miku, Akash, Alya, Celeste, Celestine, Ciel, Sora

Names with “dark” associations

The main event, from an Earthling’s perspective, is the darkening of the sun thanks to the moon getting in the way and casting its shadow over us. You could use a name associated in some way with darkness, such as…

“Shadow” names Shade, Umbra, Shadow, Zillah
“Dark” or “Black” names Melanie, Duff, Dubhan, Ciar, Ciara, Ciaran, Sullivan*, Krishna, Charna, Jett, Raven
“Night” names Nisha, Layla, Nyx, Lilith, Miyako, Rajnish

*Sullivan essentially means “descendant of the little dark eye” in Irish — weirdly appropriate for a solar eclipse baby name, don’t you think?

Name combos with both “celestial” and “dark” associations

You could combine some of the “celestial” and “dark” names above to get something more specific, like…

  • Layla Soleil: “night” and “sun”
  • Jett Samson: “black” and “sun”
  • Ciaran Sol: “black” and “sun”
  • Melanie Stella: “dark” and “star” (“Dark Star” is also a Grateful Dead song)
  • Luna Zillah: “moon” and “shadow” (“Moon Shadow” is also a Cat Stevens song)

Names (or name combos) featuring the letters “S” and “E”

This is as inconspicuous as it gets. Commemorate the solar eclipse simply by using the letters “S” and “E” in combination. You could choose a single name that starts with “Se-,” like…

Selene (“moon” in Greek)
Seren (“star” in Welsh)

Or, you could use a pair of names that start with “S-” and “E-,” such as…

Sally Esther
Scarlett Eve
Sophia Eloise
Susanna Elizabeth
Samuel Elijah
Shane Everett
Stanley Edward
Sylvester Ellis

Which of the above names (or combos) do you like most? What other solar eclipse-themed ideas would you add to this list?

Sources: When & Where to See the Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017, Two Minutes Of Darkness With 20,000 Strangers

Update, 5/15/2018: The baby name Eclipse debuted in the 2017 SSA data!

Babies Named After the Lilith Fair?

lilith fair posterMusician Sarah McLachlan announced a few months ago that the Lilith Fair would not be coming back.

Lilith Fair was a touring summer music festival that featured female solo artists and female-fronted bands. The initial run (1997-1999) was successful, but the 2010 revival “flopped,” according to Rolling Stone.

McLachlan had named the festival after Lilith, who, according to medieval Jewish myth, was the original wife of the first man, Adam.

Here’s what McLachlan told MTV about Lilith back in 1997:

She was Adam’s first wife, before Eve. He was like, “Get below me woman,” and she said, “I’m sorry. If you’re not going to treat me as an equal, I’m out of here.”

So did the festival (either directly or indirectly) inspire more parents to name their baby girls Lilith? Yes, I’d say so:

  • 2002: 103 baby girls named Lilith
  • 2001: 98 baby girls named Lilith
  • 2000: 89 baby girls named Lilith
  • 1999: 89 baby girls named Lilith
  • 1998: 63 baby girls named Lilith
  • 1997: 29 baby girls named Lilith
  • 1996: 12 baby girls named Lilith
  • 1995: 15 baby girls named Lilith
  • 1994: 9 baby girls named Lilith
  • 1993: 9 baby girls named Lilith

And the name’s been on the rise ever since. In 2010, it made the top 1,000 for the first time with 254 baby girls.

No doubt the name is now riding the sounds-like-Lily wave, but I’m sure at least a handful of parents are naming their daughters Lilith with either the music festival or the legendary character in mind.

Folks in that latter group may be dismayed (shocked?) to learn that, before Lilith was a proto-feminist, she was a baby-killing succubus. The Straight Dope offers an interesting analysis, including this:

To guard against Lilith, superstitious Jews would hang four amulets, one on the wall of each room of a newborn babe, with the inscription “Lilith – abi!” [“Lilith – begone!”] which some think is the origin, much later, of the English word “lullaby.”

And there you have it: baby killer to baby name. Talk about a turnaround.

How do you feel about the name Lilith?

Sources: Sarah McLachlan Says Lilith Fair is Done, The Spirit Of Lilith Fair, What’s the story on Lilith, Adam’s “first wife”?