The name "Mogwai" comes from the 1984 Steven Spielberg film Gremlins
. "Mogwai" are the cute, cuddly, Gizmo-form of the little beasties, before you feed them after midnight and they turn into the nastier, deadlier, title creatures. In the film, the first mogwai is bought from an old Chinese fellow in a curio shop; "mogwai" in Cantonese translates to "evil spirit." Now, after all that, Mogwai guitarist Stuart Braithwaite
states that there's no special significance to the name - they meant to come up with a better one, but never did.