Deathly names!

Some people might be very off-put by names whose meanings relate to Death, but it’s a perfect theme for a Halloween names list. It’s a shame so many modern Westerners are so terrified of Death, when it’s a normal part of life for everyone. There really is something to be said for how the cultural shift towards dying in hospitals instead of at home, coupled with the average lifespan becoming so much longer, contributed to this fear and mystery surrounding the final life passage, this journey we all must make alone, taking our last step of mortal life and our first step into the next life.


Chepi means “ghost” in Algonquin. This is another name for Hobomock, the spirit of Death.

Kalma means “corpse stench” in Finnish, and is sometimes used as a poetic word for Death. This is the name of the goddess of Death and decay.

Tomoe can mean “death” in Japanese.


Achlys means “mist” in Greek. In Greek mythology, she was the personification of misery, sadness, and the Mist of Death (i.e., the clouding-over of the eyes just before Death). She was created even before Chaos, which would make her the very first being created in Greek mythology.

Chiwa means “death” in Yao, a Bantu language spoken in Malawi, Tanzania, and Mozambique.

Eingana is a creator goddess in Australian Aboriginal mythology, a snake goddess of Death, and a symbol of Death.

Ereshkigal means “queen of the great Earth” in Mesopotamian. She was the goddess of Irkalla, the Mesopotamian underworld.

Giltinė means “to stab/sting” in Lithuanian, and is the name of their goddess of Death.

Irkalla is another name for Ereshkigal.

Mania, or Manea, is the feminine form the Latin name Manius, which means “good” or “to think.” She was a Etruscan and Roman goddess of Death, and the mother of ghosts, the undead, and other spirits of the night.

Morana was the Slavic goddess of Death and Winter. It’s taken from a Slavic root meaning “death, plague.” The name is commonly used in Croatia. Marzanna is the Polish form.

Morella is a name invented by Edgar Allan Poe for the title character of an 1835 story. One of several theories posits he may have created it by adding a diminutive suffix to the Latin word mors, “death.”

Solikha means “flower of Death” in Khmer. An old Sanskrit text says it was a large black flower, with very sweet-scented dew, at the top of a mountain of corpses. People falsely believed it granted wishes, but those who trekked up the mountain in search of it discovered it revealed one’s true intentions. Those with true intentions had the path of enlightenment revealed, while those with false intentions were poisoned by the dew and became part of the mountain.

Urðr means “death, destiny, fate” in Old Norse.


Aeacus is the Latinized form of the Greek Aiakos, which either means “to run” or “lamentable, wailing.” After his death, he became one of the three judges of the dead, and guardian of Hades’s keys.

Aipaloovik is an Inuit sea god of Death and destruction.

Azrael, or Azriel, means “help of God.” He’s the Angel of Death in Judaism and Islam.

Erra, or Irra, was the Babylonian god of Death, destruction, mayhem, and pestilence. He was also responsible for periods of political confusion.

Holler was the Old Norse god of Death and destruction, and the one responsible for diseases and disasters. He loved dragging people into his dungeon to torture them to death.

Merripen is a Romani name which may mean “death.”

Mot means “death” in Ugaritic. He was  the god of Death and lord of the underworld.

Nástrǫnd means “shore of Death” or “corpse shore” in Old Norse. This was the name of the afterlife reserved for those guilty of murder, oath-breaking, and adultery.

Nektarios means “nectar” in Greek; the word “nectar” itself may mean “overcoming Death,” from the Proto–Indo–European roots nek (Death) and tar (overcoming).

Osiris is the Hellenized form of Asar, the Egyptian god of the dead and judge of the underworld.

Pushmataha may mean “a messenger of Death” in Choctaw.

Sariel means “God’s command” in Hebrew. He’s a benevolent Angel of Death in Judaism.

Sephtis means “eternal Death” in Persian.

Thanatos means “death” in Greek. He was the god of Death.

Yama means “restraint” or “twin” in Sanskrit. This is the Hindu god of Death, and the first mortal who died in The Vedas.

Zetsumei means “the end of life” in Japanese.


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