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By the Book

Both the Angelic Player’s Guide and the Infernal Player’s Guide give suggestions on how to name the angels of the various choirs and demons of the assorted bands. As I mentioned in the about, I’m not going to repeat information that comes directly from the manuals.

However, there are several tips that go beyond what’s in those books.

To begin with, there are a few rules of thumb that you can probably figure out on your own just based on the nature of the celestial. (1) Would their name include “god” in the meaning? (2) Are they more or less likely to have a human sounding name? (3) Would they feel obligated to have a name that reflects their nature? (4) Do the alternate names for their band or choir offer up any suggestions? (e.g. Malakim are also known as Virtues).

By the Other Book

The Bible is, of course, a perfect source for demonic and angelic names.  However, you might want to check the INcyclopedia to see if any of them are already in use.

(This shouldn’t necessarily stop you, but it is worth noting that no two Celestials have the exact same name. Humans may not be able to hear the difference, but the Heavenly and Infernal tongues can convey nuances that are impossible on the corporeal realm).

If you’re interested in using a biblical name, Wikipedia maintains a list of them.

Further Resources


Saints are not angels. However, In Nomine has used the former to come up with names for the later. The most notable examples are Christopher and Dominic.

For Angels

For Demons

General Purpose