Happy Halloween! Here’s a list of names whose meanings relate to the word “monster,” and names of monsters from mythology and folklore.
Enenra can mean “smoky, smoky lightweight fabric” in Japanese. This is a mythological monster composed of smoke. He lives in bonfires and takes human form when he emerges. It’s said an enenra can only be seen by the pure of heart.
Grendel is the monster in the Old English epic Beowulf.
Ikuchi is a legendary Japanese sea monster.
Isonade is a huge, shark-like sea monster said to live off the western Japanese coast.
Kaibutsu means “monster” in Japanese.
Leviathan is a Biblical sea monster. The name derives from the Hebrew livyatan (coiled, twisted).
Lyngbakr is a massive, whale-like sea monster in Norse mythology.
Tseeveyo is a Hopi monster.
Typhon, a giant, monstrous snake, is the deadliest creature in Greek mythology. He tried to overthrow Zeus, and was cast into Tartarus, or buried under Mount Etna or on the island of Ischia. The etymology is disputed.
Amanozako is a monstrous Japanese goddess.
Charybdis is a sea monster in Greek mythology. She lives under a small rock on one side of a narrow channel, and swallowed and belched out huge quantities of water thrice a day. This created whirlpools large enough to drag ships underwater.
Echidna is a monster in Greek mythology, half-woman and half-snake, who lives alone in a cave.
Keto means “sea monster” in Greek. She personifies the sea’s dangers, and is the daughter of Gaia and Pontos, and the mother of Scylla, Echidna, and the Gorgons.
Lamia may mean “throat” in Greek. She was a Queen of Libya who had an affair with Zeus, and Hera, being Hera, killed Lamia’s children in revenge. Lamia went mad and transmogrified into a child-hunting monster.
Scylla, or Skylla, lives under a large rock opposite Charybdis.