Do Spirit Guides Have Names?

Names of Spirit Guides

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One of the questions I often get from people about their Spirit Guides is what is my Spirit Guide’s name? Or more generally, do spirit guides have names? You may be surprised to hear that Spirit Guides don’t always have names. And they don’t really care what you call them, but if you ask, a Spirit Guide will answer.

Spirit Guides are a class of being that is technically different than the family in spirit who comes to guide you. It is possible for a family member to become a guide. That is, your family member in spirit may visit you often and give you specific messages to help you on your path.

When we talk about Spirit Guides, we are not talking about family in spirit. Your family in spirit lived on the earth and was given a name at birth. Spirit Guides may or may not have incarnated. They may or may not have had lives on the earth. So they may not even be too concerned about spirit guide names.

The name they give you may be one they had when they were last incarnate. Occasionally, they are not able to give you a name because they have a frequency that does not translate into a name. However, your spirit guide may give you a name that is close to the sound of the vibration that identifies them.

How your Spirit Guide decides to show or name him or herself (or itself for those Spirit Guides who are not human or are gender neutral) depends partly on you.

Spirit Guides tend to take a form that will not be threatening to you. They are here to work with you after all. If there were to come in a form that scared you, it wouldn’t be conducive to your relationship with them.

Now sometimes we are scared of what we don’t know. For example, when I was 15 I saw my first full apparition. This really scared me! It was a big, dark, hooded figure. When I asked an intuitive friend about this, she told me it was a teacher.

Because I watched lots of scary movies as a child, I’ll bet my mind decided what I saw was negative. I know now that just because something does not glow with light does not mean that it is from the dark.

Remember that every being is sacred and has a divine purpose. We are all part of source.

You have at least one main Spirit Guide, and probably more than one. I have three Spirit Guides. Two of them have been with me for as long as I remember. The third one came in later to work with me on something specific.

If you want to find out who your Spirit Guides are and what their names are, it helps to be able to calm your mind and body. Close your eyes, ask them to step in one at a time into your aura so you can see, feel or know them. Not everyone sees, some people feel or just know. That’s okay.

Then, ask for their name. It’s important that you be open to whatever comes through and you don’t second guess. Take the first thing you get. Spirit Guides don’t all have mystical names. And if you don’t like it, you can call them whatever you want – they love you so much, they don’t care what you call them. They’re not too concerned with spirit guide names.

I’d love to hear who your Spirit Guides are. We all learn from each other, so post a comment and let us know.

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Selina Khan, Toronto Psychic Medium and Reiki Master
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  • N Achin December 25, 2012, 8:15 pm

    I once read a lot on spirit guides, meditated a bit over several days, and asked and cleared my mind just as you suggested. I asked: “I’m not sure spirit guides exist, but, if you are here, show me some sign of your name.” Unbelieveably, for a solid week, the oddest series of events happened. I’ll relate a few here that I can clearly recall. I would get phone calls from people, asking for Andrea. I’d get wrong numbers, too, claiming to be Andrea. Customer service people over the phone or in person were often named Andrea, and key meetings with females that week had an inordinately large number of Andreas. Walking down the street, a mother remarked something to her daughter, beginning, “Andrea, I don’t…” It happened so much, that I started to laugh, and called out, “Ok, ok, I believe. That’s enough.” And it stopped just like that.

    I used to talk with her, but not as much. I’d like to begin again this Christmas Day.

    I’d always felt that a female presence watched over and was inside me in some way, though I’m a very masculine guy. Once in my 20s, I awoke from an odd dream to see a young woman, about my age, sitting on the end of my bed in some kind of dressing gown. She gazed at me for a moment, then stood up, walked forward, smiled back at me a slight smile, and disappeared. The funny thing was — my vision was impaired and I wore glasses, but I could see her perfectly.

  • Kinei February 9, 2013, 8:13 pm

    I used a pendulum to find out my Guides names. Ive used a pendulum on off for years and never even thought of asking untill today. I made a chart of the alphabet and numbers. I have 3 Main Guides. The first said the name is Lom. The second Laama. I will ask for the 3rd name later as i fell asleep while i was getting my answer!

  • Nicola March 29, 2013, 6:34 am

    Rotunda? Children 8, boy, 4 meya girl, 3 boy???? Oski, Richie, leyla, wife

  • Nicola March 29, 2013, 6:35 am

    Zulu? Tribe?

  • amanda November 1, 2013, 5:13 am

    i have 2 that i know of alonen (male)that has been with me for evr and just this week golina showed herslf i am 24 and was always intuned with my psychic ability but i was 16 when i started really getting feelings and all that stronger and my mom told me was was happening and ive never really reached out outside my family and her with it and would love to have someone read me ,i am always reading others and didnt know that it was called reading but never had anyone read me and could never read myself and would like alittle more insight about my ability =]the way i talk to them is my writing or using my keyboard on my computer this is the main way i always talked tothem both and other spirits idk what its called or if it is called anything lol

  • Kelly March 16, 2014, 11:48 am

    My spirit guide is a Siberian Tiger. 🙂 His name is Syr.
    I also have another one called emily and she is human form of the pioneer ages. She has been with me my whole life.

    MY tiger Spirit Guide has the most soothing voice ^_^
    Emily always warns me of something bad that is going to happen. and she brings me to where I would be safest.
    They both are incredibly kind spirits.
    At first, when I saw Emily in my bakyard, I thought she was after me. There was a heavy and sad energy that she was giving off. I then found out that it was because ehr father (who was inside my house) had banished her to stay outside forever. She had tried to get inside. I got scared once and then I finally communicated with her and she let me know that it was because she needed to warn me about something. (My mother had literally yelled at my brothers and I over the dishes that evening. When my mother yells, everything goes dead silent and things are not okay. No matter what she yells about. Things are not okay and nerves are always tense. Narcissistic,)
    Anywho, I was working at a wicca shop and I was closing as I usually did and Emily was out the window and she was gesturing me to get outside to where she was fast. I couldn’t because I was at work but, When I locked all the doors I heard an evil laugh in the shop. (Even before then I sensed that there was something there.)
    After I left, my coworker spooked me but only because i heard the laugh after emily tried to get me to leave.

    Syr is always there to make sure that I do not get too stressed and freak myself out.
    He rids me of my anxiety when it gets to the point where I am about to faint.
    He tells me the reality of everything that I am confused about.

    I really don’t know where I would be without them.

  • admin March 19, 2014, 11:44 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    Thanks for sharing about your Spirit Guides! Very cool that one is a tiger and the other human. You have a great connection with them!

    Take care,

  • kelly May 25, 2014, 11:28 am

    ever since i was 14 I felt a presence from what I could gather my spirit guide is a female drow/night elf (I think subconsiously thats how I wanted to see her) and her name is Shishira, also I do believe I have another guide, he is a sword master I haven’t asked his name yet, but when I caught a mental glimpse of him I saw ezio (don’t ask why I see them as video-game characters). only recently have I began to look into psychic things, and I was glad to come across a lot of helpfull stuff.
    it started when my friend alex told me of a game, he called it “seers” and indeed we were
    he told me of evil creatures that were out to destroy and some good creatures, most of wich were gaurdians, (or spirit guides, as I learned recently). but he told me of seven warriors wich protected all the seer children, and the eight creatures that were out for some dark plot, guided by the evil dream weaver, known as “the shadow weaver”…

    this story will take to long but anyways, awile later (2-3 years) alex stopped believing in his own words, but I continued on, and I wanted to look on google to see if there was anymore people like me, but alas, there was nothing that matched my searches, until I saw one word that I didn’t know about, clairvoyant, I looked it up in a dictionary, and one connt=ection got my attention, psychic, the more a looked, the more interesting my journey became, and I am glad to know that I am not alone in this world,
    i got off on a bit of a rabbit trail there, but it was good to say to someone out there.
    it is good to have spirit guides as friends, I feel their supportive presence when I’m down, and my friend ezio helps me practice my combat skills, I’m glad to have him, I still wish to see them in some kind of physical form, but it most likely won’t happen, so I’ve been working on my third eye, but through my ups and downs, they’ve helped me through it so I thank them for that

  • kelly May 25, 2014, 11:29 am

    and my name just happend to be kelly also

  • admin May 26, 2014, 9:40 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    Very cool story you have there! People see their spirit guides in many different ways and the way they perceive is the right way for them. No one can tell you how they “should” look as the relationship is a personal one.

    Just like you, I’m very grateful too for their help. Really don’t know what I’d do without their guidance!

    Thank you so much for sharing,

  • liberty March 4, 2015, 8:38 am

    Miracle Hands!

  • amy May 22, 2015, 12:13 am

    My guides names are Orian and Orianus. They are from Uranus and say I am as well, from below the moon? They make me crazy and are quite the pranksters. But occasionally they will speak seriously and its really amazing. After 5 years of doing this, I’m finally learning to ask the right questions, though someone in the background keeps telling me not to. I seem to pick up a lot of echoes. Gets confusing. Practice makes perfect! They said they will never show themselves to me because I am frightened. They are right! I can write till the cows come home. But see them? Don’t think I’m ready for that!

  • Selina Khan May 30, 2015, 11:34 pm

    Hi Amy,

    Perhaps one day you will not be frightened and then you will see them! They sound respectful in not wanting to scare you. Perhaps you can ask them about the echoes. They may be able to share a technique that helps to minimize the echoes.

    Thanks for sharing!


  • McKenzie June 3, 2015, 1:00 pm

    I’ve always had odd experiences my entire life from seeing future events, past events, just knowing, and out of body. And just a couple years ago I’ve been asking why. Why i didn’t sooner is because I thought everybody experience the same thing. So when I did ask myself (I didn’t know about spirit guides) one night it seemed like I open my eyes saw where I was and how I was lying and I saw a little girl with a white night gown on with long black hair covering her face a bit. Coming from a religious family I asked her (telepath) if she was the devil. She tilted her head in confusing then I got this feeling that everything was okay, and she reached for my hand that was off the bed, then I woke jumping up, freaked out. I scared my boyfriend. I know that what i saw was real not a dream it was my third eye that was opened. she is my spirit guided. I haven’t talked to her or seen her since then for I guess life got in the way. But I am going to try to talk to her again.

  • Veronica August 25, 2015, 3:51 pm

    Several months ago, I was introduced to using a pendulum to communicate with my guide. (Fast-forward to now… even though I always prayed prayers of protection and surrounded myself in white light, etc., I was told it wasn’t protection enough or I didn’t know how to do it well enough. Very negative and evil stuff started messing with my pendulum. So, BE CAREFUL, know who you are talking to, and question everything)

    Fortunately, in the months that I did get to talk to my guide, I learned so much, including how to really hear his answers through my gut/third chakra. If I focus on the area around my middle, a “yes” answer will feel sort of like a quick ball of anxiety that shoots up toward my heart. A “no” answer is more solid and feels like a sinking down into my gut. Other answers like, “I love you” or “maybe/probably” start on my left and shoot across my abdomen (right under my ribs) toward the right.

    It turns out, I have several spirit guides. One main guide, and ten that help with specific areas. I also have several that come on board as needed. While using my pendulum, I asked for names and purposes, which was great. I like knowing who my “team” is.

    Spomohmorst (male) is my main guide who has been with me forever. My other guides names are Nirrax (female), Noprollapron (male), Onro (male), Wonliski (female), Troonovyv (male), Mioppix (male), Romoquid (male), Rohemu (male), Oppsonjoon (male), and Cabilla (male).

    The amount that I have learned in such a short time is amazing. This has also given me clarity and perspective on so many things in my life. It is truly a gift and a blessing to know that I can communicate with my guide like I do.

    Thanks for asking! 🙂

  • Mary Madalene October 21, 2015, 3:50 am

    I’ve had a few occurances that have happened. Wrong phone numbers, people have mistaken my own first name lol that was a funny one. lol. But I have also asked during a time when I was meditating. It was cool to be able to sense and feel his presence.

  • Pamela May 7, 2016, 4:38 am

    Tonight, I was trying to get to know who my “perfect guide and teacher” is. My sacred space was a place I had been to physically, in the wilderness, beneath a tree, next to a river, in my power circle, with several animals around. I asked my guide to join me in my power circle. When s/he mentioned a name, it was Bael. I’d never heard that name before. I asked if it was from the Light and whispered “yes” in my mind. It wasn’t until I got home and looked up the word Bael to realize it was the name of a demon, also called Ba’al, second to satan. I am not sure what to do with this information. The being was not harmful in any way. When I asked if it had a message for me, it just said “rise”. I assumed this meant to ascend to a higher vibration. I asked if there was something I needed to do in this life and it simply said to live my life in the Light. It touched my third eye as a gift. I felt very comfortable. Is it possible that I just heard the name wrong? I am concerned about being visited by a potential demon, although I don’t feel like it was a demon. I couldn’t find any other references to the name Bael.


  • Selina Khan May 11, 2016, 6:39 pm

    Hi Pam,

    You’ll know the dark when it arrives by the way it feels and the messages it gives. While there are tricky spirits that pretend that they are something they are not, there is a distinct resonance with them that just feels negative or off. Yes Bael is the name of a demon in old texts. After a quick google search, I find a fruit in India called Bael and also mentioned in the Bible as a town, an idol and two men (Baal). The reference is

    Trust your gut.


  • Sharyn June 15, 2016, 12:50 pm

    I was lying in bed early one morning listening to my husband’s breathing and clear as can be I heard the name Colbert whispered in my ear which was against my pillow. I also have subtle tricks occurring in this home and I find pennies in my shoes and suddenly a penny will appear on the ground! They play and rearrange my dog’s toy balls. I know there are spirits around because our dog will suddenly jump up, look all around the room and bolt to the bedroom and slide under the bed. We moved into the house which had been empty over a year and the first morning after my shower somebody had written Welcome Home in the fogged up mirror, but only in the steam, never touched the mirror. I called my husband to the bathroom and he didn’t do it. I accept my guides and angels, just not sure who is doing what.

  • Jillian January 11, 2017, 12:19 am

    I learned the name of my guide in class two years ago. I felt a pull in my hand and ended up drawing the word ‘Diosa’ all over my history notes. I did some research and learned ‘disoa’ means goddess in spanish.I now take Spanish class in hopes of becoming closer to my guide. 🙂

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