The lyric, “It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine” from R.E.M. feel eerily relevant right now. As we’re all digesting and absorbing bad news on the daily, our brains might veer into some dark recesses. We’re leaning into it!
Let’s take a moment to think of our impending doom a little more with some baby names to mark this occasion. As the world smolders around us and we look to our offspring in the hopes they’ll save us, let’s impart names to our little babies that capture the direness of the time they’ve been born into.
After all, this could be the end times we were warned about and your little one just might be the embodiment of the antichrist before the great war between good and evil takes us all. The Encylopedia Britannica describes the apocalypse as a situation in which “kings of the earth under demonic leadership [potentially your baby!!!] will wage war on the forces of God at the end of history.”
Here are 20 baby names inspired by civilization’s demise!
Pronounced “an-poo,” Anpu is a baby name for boys that comes from Egypt. The name means “God of Death” or “God of the Dead.” Beautiful!
Azrail has a certain sinister ring to it! Pronounced “Izrah-eel” this name is very old and has roots in both Arabic and Hebrew. The name means “Angel of Death.” Although the name is associated with the Archangel of Death in folklore, the name doesn’t appear in any holy texts. That’s how you know it’s the real (evil) deal!
The English name Claeg rhymes with keg and has an absolutely charming meaning. The name means “One who is Subjected to Death.” If Claeg doesn’t roll off your tongue, you can also go with its other form Clay. Clay has a slightly different meaning, “One who is Subjected to Death at Any Moment of His Life.”
Finally! A name for your evil daughter! The name Dabria comes from Latin and is again inspired by mortality. Dabria means “An Angel of Death.” Look at it this way: she’s your little angel.
Dearil is an unpopular German name that means “Call of Death.” When you call his name, you’ll be literally summoning slaughter.
The name Desdemona was made famous by Shakespeare’s play Othello. But, Desdemona isn’t as trivial as a tragedy! Oh no! Desdemona is a Greek name that means “From the Devil” and is associated with misery and terrible luck. Why even take that gamble?
Ernaline is a Norweigan name with a couple of weak meanings: “Capable” and “Serious.” We’re not here for all that! The one meaning of this girl’s name that counts is “Battle to the Death.” An Ernaline will shut it down.
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Pronounced “Era-stitch-ton,” Erysichthon is a name from Greek mythology. This mouthful of a name is a mouthful for a reason! The name for boys means “Someone Who has Been Cursed with an Insatiable Hunger which Finally Leads to His Death.” This baby will eat you out of house and home.
Another drop-dead gorgeous name for a girl, Freyja also comes from mythology. The name comes from the Norse goddess! Freyja was the goddess of love, beauty, and death. The “J” is silent and the name is pronounced “Fray-yuh.” It will be the last name you hear.
Another name from the gods, Ilamatecuhtli is the name of an Aztec goddess of fertility and drumroll… death! The goddess and her spooky ways are thought to have inspired La Llorona popularized in Mexican folklore.
Jeevak is an Indian name that’s pronounced “Jeev-ahk.” The name sounds so playful! It means “The Period of Time from the Present Until Death.” There’s really no time like the present. A baby named Jeevak will encourage you to ‘be in the moment’ because the other option is, well…
The name Kalakuta has a certain percussive nature to it. The name is pronounced “kala-kuta.” It’s spelled phonetically, how convenient. The Sanskrit name for boys means “Potion of Death.” Make it a double!
The girl’s name Lorelai comes from German and means “Ambush Cliff,” but there’s more to this name’s story. According to German folklore, Lorelai was the name of a Siren who used her song to lure sailors to their deaths. This is a beautiful name but we do not encourage you to allow your baby Lorelai to cry. It could be the end of you.
Methuselah is a Hebrew name that means “Death Bringer.” The character of Methuselah is mentioned in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. According to some calculations he lived for 969 years. That’s a lot of years to bring a lot of death. Bring it on little Methie.
You might find the name Morrigan a beguiling. The Irish name means “Phantom Queen” and according to mythology Morrigan was a goddess of war and was symbolized by a black crow. Tales of a Morrigan monster are prevalent as well. She was a monster concealed in a female form. Invite a monstrous ghost queen into your home!
Omisha is a beautiful name for a little girl. It’s a Hindu name that comes from the goddess of both birth and death. Traditionally, the name connotes reliability and you better believe you can rely on an Omisha to end it all.
The name Persefoni is a variation of Persephone. That name might be familiar to you because she was the goddess of the underworld in Greek mythology. Yes, she ruled over the dead and was in charge of all things bread. If there was a grain shortage and people began to starve, it was Persephone’s fault. The Persefoni means “Bringer of Death.”
We’ve all heard of or experience horrifying diaper blowouts. A little baby boy named Runihara will certainly treat you to many of them. The Egyptian name means “Destroyer.”
Sephtis rhymes with sepsis and comes from Persian. Its delightful meaning bolsters this name’s desirability. Septhis means “Eternal Death.” Because a finite death is never enough, you want that long-lasting eternal kind!
Thana is a fantastic name for a little girl. The name comes from Arabic and means “The Death.” Not just any death, the death. Thana brings death to end all death. We’re here for it.
There you have it! 20 names to bestow to your world-ending newborn. If you’re in the market for a bleak name for your baby, bookmark this! You can return to it again and again for inspiring names for your malevolent liter.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 Here are 20 baby names inspired by civilization’s demise!
- 2 20. Anpu
- 3 19. Azrail
- 4 18. Claeg
- 5 17. Dabria
- 6 16. Dearil
- 7 15. Desdemona
- 8 14. Ernaline
- 9 13. Erysichthon
- 10 12. Freyja
- 11 11. Ilamatecuhtli
- 12 10. Jeevak
- 13 9. Kalakuta
- 14 8. Lorelai
- 15 7. Methuselah
- 16 6. Morrigan
- 17 5. Omisha
- 18 4. Persefoni
- 19 3. Runihara
- 20 2. Sephtis
- 21 1. Thana
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