Demon names: Origin, structure, and meaning
Evil spirits, phantoms—things that go bump in the night. The history of demons (or, in Greek myth, daemons) is long and complicated, encompassing a wide range of cultures and superstitions. But whether in anime series or horror movies, they have one thing in common: malevolence.
Demons can appear in media everywhere, from anime (Fairy Tail’s Natsu Dragneel) to the latest movies you’re seeing in the theater when October—and Halloween—roll around. As such, expect a wide variety in their naming conventions, including everything from descriptive names in the Bible to singular names in Japanese myth.
Demon naming conventions
Demons are often seen as fallen angels, which makes them spirits—as such, they don’t have the typical "first-name surname" structure of your run-of-the-mill character. Look for singular names like Fujin, the Japanese wind god who is always a force for destruction.
Demon name inspiration
Demon names are often tied to specific characteristics: a host of demons possessing one individual call themselves “Legion” in the Bible, referring to the fact that they aren’t one spirit but many. Singular names reflect the otherworldliness of these entities; in Japanese myth, Raijin is the god of storms and chaos.
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List of demon names
Aamon, Cerberus, Charlie Morningstar—the list of demon names spans the gamut from ancient myth to modern-day possessions. As such, this list of demon names includes a wide range of demons who have appeared in everything from Quake to religious history, giving you an idea of the singular, fearsome names most appropriate for these malevolent entities.
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