By Linda Rosenkrantz
What do we mean by night names? There are those that literally mean night, or born in the evening, there are astral names that relate to the starry night sky, lunar names associated with the moon, and god and goddess names connected with any of the above.
Here are some of the most usable:
Ajambo—usually used for girls, is an African (Luo) name meaning ‘born in the evening’.
Amaya—one of its meanings is ‘night rain’ in Japanese
Ilta—a Finnish name meaning night
Koko—a Native American (Blackfoot) name meaning night
Lilith means ‘of the night’
Nisha is a feminine name that means ‘night’ in Sanskrit
Orpheus—a Greek mythological name meaning ‘the darkness of the night’
Otieno—an African boys’ name that means ‘born at night’ in Luo. The female form is Atieno
Samar—an Arabic name meaning ‘evening conversation’
Shirina—an Indian name meaning night
Andromeda—a constellation named after a beautiful Greek mythological princess
Aquila, one of the brightest in the night sky
Esther—from Persian for star
Izar –it means star in Basque
Nash—A star in the constellation Sagittarius; it forms the tip of the archer’s arrow, and the name comes from the Arabic for ‘arrowhead’.
Nova—A star that suddenly increases dramatically in brightness
Orion—the constellation named for the mythological giant hunter who was changed into a constellation when he died. This is a name that has already come to the attention of namers.
Stella—Latin for star
Vesper—Latin meaning ‘evening star’
Kamaria—means beauty of the moon in Swahili
Livana—a Hebrew name meaning new moon
Neoma—Greek, meaning new moon
Raka—a Hindi name meaning full moon
GODS & GODDESSES
Anniki—Finnish nighttime goddess
Artemis—Greek moon goddess
Deva—Hindu moon goddess
Isis—Egyptian goddess of the sky
Nyx—Greek goddess of the night
Rhiannon—Welsh goddess of the moon