Luna Origin and Meaning

The name Luna is a girl's name of Italian origin meaning "moon".

The name of the Roman goddess of the moon, Luna is derived straight from the Latin word for moon, luna. Luna may be the name most likely to surprise someone from an older generation by its Top 10 status in the US and its widespread international popularity.

Often ranked as Number 1 on Nameberry's internal charts, the strong but shimmery Luna is among the Top 100 names for baby girls in a wide range of countries around the world, from France to Italy to Germany, Scandinavia to Slovenia to Spain. It's simple, easy to spell and pronounce, and remarkably diverse.

And it's also got deeper roots than you might imagine. It was somewhat popular in the US as a baby name around the turn of the 20th century, reaching a high of Number 403 way back in 1881.

Luna's popularity is undoubtedly influenced by the Harry Potter character Luna Lovegood and several high-profile celebrity babies, notably the oldest daughter of Chrissy Teigen and John Legend.

Along with its celebrity connections, Luna's popularity is partially driven by its standing as a mythological name. Luna’s divine complement is Sol, the god of the Sun. In Roman art, Luna is often depicted driving a chariot.

Luna makes another appearance as the endearing oddball Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter series, who was central enough to the story to have Harry give his daughter Luna as a middle name, and as the True Blood teacher-shapeshifter character, Luna Garza.

Along with Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, other celebrities who named their daughters Luna include Penelope Cruz and Javier Barden as well as Constance Marie. Joely Fisher and Ellen Pompeo have used it as a middle. Uma Thurman and Arpad Busson use Luna as the nickname they call daughter Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence.

Luna is also among the most popular dog names.

# 10 in the US

Luna Rank in US Top 1000

# 14 on Nameberry

Luna Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Luna Popularity

Famous People Named Luna

  • Gertrude Elizabeth "Luna" VachonAmerican pro wrestler
  • Lunastage name of Park Sunyoung, Korean singer of girl group f(x)
  • Luna Blaise (Boyd)American actress
  • Tura Luna Pascual Yamaguchibirth name of Japanese,American actress Tura Satana
  • Luna Bergere LeopoldAmerican male hydrologist; son of author Aldo Leopold
  • Luna Scarlett Davey (b. 1999)daughter of singer Dani Filth of band Cradle of Filth
  • Luna Aristizábal Martínez (b. 2003)daughter of singer Juanes and actress Karen Martinez
  • Luna Lampard (b. 2007)daughter of footballer Frank Lampard and Elen Rivas
  • Luna Marie Katich (b. 2009)daughter of actress Constance Marie and Kent Katich
  • Luna Rose Bates (adopted 2010)daughter of actress Joelle Carter and Andy Bates
  • Luna Encinas Cruz (b. 2013)daughter of actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem
  • Luna Huffman (b. 2013)daughter of Cassandra Estevez and Casey Huffman; granddaughter of actor Charlie Sheen
  • Luna Mae Akoskin (b. 2015)daughter of actress Leonor Varela and Lucas Akoskin
  • Luna Victoria Baarz (b. 2015)daughter of actors Nina Bott and Benjamin Baarz
  • Luna Simone Stephens (b. 2016)daughter of singer John Legend and model Chrissy Teigen
  • Luna Ivy McLachlan (b. 2016)daughter of AFL football CEO Gillon McLachlan
  • Luna Eleanora (b. 2016)daughter of YouTube stars Matthias & Amanda

Luna in Pop Culture

  • Luna Lovegoodcharacter in the "Harry Potter" series
  • Lunacat in the American version of anime "Sailor Moon"
  • Luna Garzacharacter on TV's "True Blood"
  • Princess Lunacharacter in animated series "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic"
  • Luna Louda character on animated series "The Loud House"
  • Luna Kom Floukrucharacter on TV's "The 100"
  • Luna Mothewsdaughter of the Moth Man in "Monster High" show and series
  • Luna Halecharacter in the "Addicted" series
  • Llunallama in the game "Minecraft: Story Mode , Season Two"
  • Lunacharacter in video game "Virtue's Last Reward"
  • Luna Maximoffcharacter in Marvel Comics
  • Lunacharacter in the anime series Yu,Gi,Oh! 5D's
  • Luna Inversecharacter in anime, manga and novel series "Slayers"
  • Luna O'Neillmain character in novel "Luna"
  • Princess Lunacharacter in "The Adventures of Peter Pan"
  • Lunafreya Nox "Luna" Fleuretcharacter in video game "Final Fantasy XV"
  • Queen Luna of Solariacharacter on TV's "Winx Club"
  • Luna Valentecharacter on Disney telenovela "Soy Luna"
  • Luna Noacharacter in "Lunar: The Silver Star" video game series
  • Lunaa jaquin from TV's "Elena of Avalor"
  • "Luna Petunia" Netflix children's animated TV program
  • "Luna" song by the Smashing Pumpkins
  • "Luna" song by Tom Petty
  • LunaSerbian pop music group

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