50 Names That Mean Death

50 Names That Mean Death

When most people start thinking about baby names, the last thing they consider is a name that means death. The fact is, however, that names associated with death have actually been popular in many cultures throughout history. Some common names today have associations with death, though many people do not realize it.

If you are thinking about honoring the tradition of choosing a name for your child that is associated in some way with the concept of death, you are in good company. This is becoming increasingly popular in recent years.

There are many different options for this type of name. One beautiful example is naming your child Abiba, which is an African name traditionally given to the first child who is born after the death of a grandmother.

Another option is Dabria, which is a unique name that means an angel of death. Many people will love the balance of beauty and morbidity with that one.  Loralie is becoming popular for girls, and is the name of a siren whose song lured sailors to their deaths. Morana is the name of a goddess of winter and death, as well as a beautiful modern name.

There are dozens of additional names pulled from many cultures, each reflecting on death in their own unique way. Take a look at this list for inspiration when choosing your next child’s name.

Abdulbaith

Meaning: Servant of resurrect or slave of one who raises death
Origin: Arabic,Urdu
Gender: Boy

Abiba

Meaning: The Beloved One
Origin: African
Gender: Girl

Achmetha

Meaning: Brother of death
Origin: Biblical
Gender: Boy

Adaliah

Meaning: One that draws water, poverty, cloud, death
Origin: Biblical
Gender: Boy

Ajal

Meaning: Specified term or period, hour of death; death; fate, destiny
Origin: Arabic
Gender: Boy

Amara

Meaning: Immortal Being; one who is blessed without end or death
Origin: Italian
Gender: Girl

Anpu

Meaning: God of death
Origin: Ancient Egyptian
Gender: Boy

Arius

Meaning: Deathless; name of a settlement
Origin: Latin
Gender: Boy

Azmaveth

Meaning: Strong death; a he-goat
Origin: Biblical
Gender: Boy

Azrail

Meaning: The Angel of Death
Origin: Arabic
Gender: Boy

Bashemath

Meaning: Perfumed; confusion of death; in desolation
Origin: Biblical
Gender: Girl

Bhishak

Meaning: The Healer; Vishnu; Who Cures the Disease of Birth and Death Cycles
Origin: Sanskrit
Gender: Boy

Claeg

Meaning: One who is subjected to death; mortal
Origin: Welsh
Gender: Boy

Clay

Meaning: Mortal; one who is subjected to death any moment of his life
Origin: Old English
Gender: Boy

Dabria

Meaning: Angel
Origin: Latin
Gender: Girl

Dearil

Meaning: Call of death; red haired
Origin: Scottish
Gender: Boy

Ernaline

Meaning: Capable or serious or battle to the death
Origin: Norse
Gender: Girl

Ernesha

Meaning: Serious; battle to the death
Origin: Old German
Gender: Girl

Ernest

Meaning: Serious business; battle to the death
Origin: Old German
Gender: Boy

Erysichthon

Meaning: Cursed with an insatiable hunger that caused his death
Origin: Greek
Gender: Boy

Freyja

Meaning: A name given to the lady of love, beauty and death
Origin: Norse
Gender: Girl

Gifflet

Meaning: Gifflet throws the Excalibur sword into the lake after King Arthur’s death
Origin: Arthurian legend
Gender: Girl

Hazarmaveth

Meaning: Dwelling of death
Origin: Biblical
Gender: Boy

Hippolytus

Meaning: In Greek legend, the son of Theseus and Hippolyta, who was dragged to his death by stampeding horses
Origin: Greek
Gender: Boy

Ilamatecuhtli

Meaning: Name of Aztec fertility and death goddess
Origin: Aztec
Gender: Girl

Javaraya

Meaning: God of Death; A name used by tribe community in State of Karnataka
Origin: Indian
Gender: Girl

Jeremoth

Meaning: Eminences, one that fears death
Origin: Biblical
Gender: Boy

Kalakuta

Meaning: God of Death; A name used by tribe community in State of Karnataka
Origin: Indian
Gender: Boy

Kaliya

Meaning: Of Time; Of Death; Name of mythological serpent which was fought by Lord Krishna
Origin: Indian
Gender: Boy

Khaalida

Meaning: Deathless, She is Immortal
Origin: Arabic
Gender: Girl

Kritanta

Meaning: God of death
Origin: Indian
Gender: Boy

Lilith

Meaning: Belonging to the night
Origin: Babylonian
Gender: Girl

Loralie

Meaning: Luring rock
Origin: German
Gender: Girl

Mabuz

Meaning: Ruler of Death Castle
Origin: Arthurian Legend
Gender: Boy

Mara

Meaning: Bitter. In the Bible, Naomi adopted the name Mara after the death of her husband and two sons
Origin: Hebrew
Gender: Girl

Meremoth

Meaning: Bitterness, myrrh of death
Origin: Biblical
Gender: Boy

Methusael

Meaning: Who demands his death
Origin: Biblical
Gender: Boy

Morana

Meaning: Death, Illness
Origin: Slavic
Gender: Girl

Nathan

Meaning: God has given
Origin: Hebrew
Gender: Boy

Odon

Meaning: The person of enduring fame, not subject to death, who is the personofication of a force
Origin: Old English
Gender: Boy

Omisha

Meaning: Spirit of birth and death
Origin: Sanskrit
Gender: Girl

Persephone

Meaning: Bringer of death
Origin: Greek
Gender: Girl

Phyllis

Meaning: Leafy foliage; green bough. In Greek legend, Phyllis was changed to an almond tree after her death, and bore no leaves until her lover returned
Origin: Greek
Gender: Girl

Saul

Meaning: Asked, lent, a grave. Demanded, lent, ditch, death
Origin: Biblical
Gender: Boy

Seth

Meaning: Set, appointed. Egyptian God
Origin: Hebrew
Gender: Boy

Tanda

Meaning: The seer of life and death
Origin: Native American
Gender: Girl

Thanatos

Meaning: Death
Origin: Greek
Gender: Boy

Tuwile

Meaning: Death is invincible
Origin: Kenyan
Gender: Boy

Yama

Meaning: God of death
Origin: Hindi
Gender: Boy

Yamajit

Meaning: One of many names of Lord Shiva signifying him as conqueror of death
Origin: Hindi
Gender: Boy