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Gender: Female Meaning of Luna: "moon" Origin of Luna: Latin Luna's Popularity in 2018: #23

Luna Origin and Meaning

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

This strong but shimmery moonstruck name has been growing in popularity, undoubtedly influenced by the Harry Potter character Luna Lovegood and several high profile celebrity babies. It's rising quickly on the girls' names charts. And lest you think Luna is a wacky modern invention, the name was somewhat popular in the US around the turn of the 20th century, reaching a high of Number 403 way back in 1881.

The name of the Roman goddess of the moon is increasingly popular in Europe--Luna charts highly in the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Spain, and Portugal.

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.

The most recent celebrities who named their baby girl Luna were Chrissy Teigen and John Legend. Penelope Cruz and Javier Barden picked Luna for their little girl, as did Constance Marie. Joely Fisher and Ellen Pompeo have used it as a middle. Uma Thurman and Arpad Busson have chosen Luna as the nickname they'll use for daughter Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence.

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Popularity

Rank in US: #23

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Famous People Named Luna

Pop Culture References for the name Luna

Luneth, Lunneta, Lunnete, Lunetta

Luna's International Variations

Lune, Lunette (French)

Comments

morgandarbyj Says:

2019-07-17T03:59:02

I love this name! I worry about how it ages though- I can't picture an adult professional woman named Luna. But idk maybe I'm overthinking it! I think it's super cute. And Lu or lulu are super cute nicknames. John and Chrissy's daughter, Luna, is adorable.

Luna.Lim Says:

2019-06-16T09:18:23

My name is Luna and I have to be honest that it isn’t my favorite name in the world. I would prefer names more rare and long. But overall I actually like my name a bit. My friends call me Luney, and I like how it means “moon” because I am a fan of outer space.

gten Says:

2018-12-21T18:08:08

r/woosh

Sapphire Says:

2018-12-20T18:18:18

You are the most stupid person ever she means that her duaghter is 10 right now and that’s her name. Idiot

Stephen Malkmus Says:

2018-12-12T11:09:01

My god, what did you call her in the 10 years before you finally named her??

Sapphire Says:

2018-12-06T21:59:08

I have twin daughters Stella moon, and Stella star (star is the meaning of Stella and moon is the meaning of Luna

Bluemoon22 Says:

2017-11-12T18:10:53

I have a 4 year old called Luna Rose. She was born on a ‘blue moon’ which is where I was inspired for the name. She has all the characteristics you imagine, long blonde hair, big blue eyes and and even bigger personality, I absolutely love the name and so glad I chose it for her! Amongst friends and family she does get called loopy Lou, loony toons etc but shes a child and her innocence knows no more then to take it as a nickname from those who love her and she sees no negativity towards it at all. She’s such a strong willed, bright, kind hearted and loving kid that if others want to use those names as a negative comment towards her then that’s very much their/those kids parents problem 👍🌙

Kellen_Claire Says:

2017-10-22T23:36:25

There is the most precious little girl at the daycare I work at named Luna. Luna Lovegood is enough of a reason for me to use the name, but actually having met a Luna has made me love the name even more!

Eliza1303 Says:

2017-10-11T21:47:30

I would spell it Louna. I would also use the middle name Meredith. Then, maybe when she is a baby/toddler I could call her Merry Lou. Idk I just like the flow of it

mintiec Says:

2017-08-14T03:53:16

I would've used this name if not for the fact that my last name starts with a C. Luna C. Lunacy. Yeahhh, not the best although I'm sure it would've been fine. The problem is that once I heard it / made that connection, it's all I could think about. Could not bare to use this name, although I may use it as a middle if I have another girl.

Caroline Says:

2017-07-28T03:57:31

"unsubscribe"

sablemae98 Says:

2017-07-27T18:57:01

Isn't that what they called Luna Lovegood in the books? "Loony Lovegood"?

NameLover 11 Says:

2017-05-26T01:10:36

I love this name so much. Kinda sad that it is getting popular

canaryrose Says:

2017-05-18T21:15:29

For some reason, I hate this name. I dunno, it's just so... eh. No thanks.

softboiledeggs Says:

2017-05-13T04:14:30

Very pretty. I love the celestial association. It sounds mysterious and heavenly, but still with a touch of charm. If I have twin girls I'll name them Stella and Luna—star and moon.

NameLover 11 Says:

2017-05-05T16:31:21

I love this name. I love the Luna Lovegood association!

Daiseymae Says:

2017-03-31T13:31:16

I think Caroline is a gorgeous name.

paulapuddephatt Says:

2017-02-26T14:54:54

Beautiful

hermioneameliastyles Says:

2016-12-30T15:34:50

Luna only reminds me of Luna Lovegood. In a way it's great reminder. Luna taught us to be ourselves even when we feel like we don't fit in.

paulapuddephatt Says:

2016-11-18T23:36:23

Still not convinced on this name, not sure why, "lunatic" aside as don't think it's that alone, might change my mind...

Fluffykitten101 Says:

2016-10-01T13:18:30

Very pretty! I love the nicknames Lulu and Loony! :)

hermioneameliastyles Says:

2016-09-15T11:43:27

Such a beautiful name. Although the connection to Harry potter might turn some people away.

lemonqueen Says:

2016-08-27T20:49:50

I simply adore this name!

lemonqueen Says:

2016-08-27T20:46:58

I so agree!

jaz.fortune Says:

2016-06-27T02:09:06

My daughter is going to be named Luna Harper

LostKid Says:

2016-05-08T22:53:17

I love this name

ChantilleElla Says:

2016-05-01T04:55:52

I love this so much and always have. I'm really worried that with John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's new little Luna, it will become the next Penelope. Please don't get too popular, Luna!

Daiseymae Says:

2016-04-25T13:37:13

It reminds me of lunatic too. It looks like most people really love it. It sounds pretty cute though. :)

offspring Says:

2016-04-20T08:16:20

Liking this name at the moment!

EW314 Says:

2016-01-29T16:06:09

Gorgeous, light, fun name. Since I can't use it I'm pleased to see that it's really taken off! I suspect Luna Lovegood's the reason.

snowsbeloved Says:

2015-12-21T22:48:12

I want to like it...but all I think is Luna-tic?? No thanks :(

AriellaBar Says:

2015-11-25T00:13:35

Beautiful Luna. Please don't get too popular!!

headintheclouds Says:

2015-10-11T17:05:29

Lovely name. Luna sounds so ethereal and luminous, like a bright moon over a bright cloudy night. Even if the character Luna Lovegood did not exist, she would be what I'd imagine a Luna looked like to a tee.

georgiaO Says:

2015-10-06T22:17:42

I love Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series, so this name is awesome :D

georgiaO Says:

2015-10-05T19:19:22

This is a beautiful name!

georgiaO Says:

2015-10-04T19:42:43

I love Harry Potter and this name is beautiful :) I am a fan of Harry Potter so that's why I like this name!

amf0224 Says:

2015-08-21T02:02:11

Probably my new favorite name! Its so pretty but also a little whimsical. I always thought outer space was interesting and all. The moon is beautiful plus its a goddess name! What else do you want in a namesake?!? I've also been really interested in astrology lately. So this name just wraps up all of that - beautiful space, sparkling stars, a full moon, etc.

LadyWolf8290 Says:

2015-08-03T11:14:50

My daughter has brown curly hair green eyes and browns like a baked bean in the sun. Still her name fits her like a glove. However I liked Harry Potter so I can see Luna being a blond wishy washy girl. Than again Luna is very Latin so for me I can also picture a full head of dark hair.

Caroline Says:

2015-08-03T11:14:14

I think that's sweet! :-) <3

LadyWolf8290 Says:

2015-08-03T11:05:42

My baby girl is brown haired green eyed and very tall. I think most people imagine a little blond haired girl because of Luna Lovegood :3

LadyWolf8290 Says:

2015-08-03T11:03:04

:D My daughter's name in Luna and I call her Loony as a nickname. It's
full of love so if anyone tried to use it in a negative light I don't
think she would mind because that's what her mama calls her.

Celina Says:

2015-07-24T07:06:52

My favorite cat is named Luna! I call her Lu-Lu and Looney, but her full name is Luna Beam!!

CupcakeGirl13 Says:

2015-03-26T00:05:20

Gorgeous name!

illia_raye Says:

2015-03-12T13:24:18

I can only think of the cat from Sailor Moon when I see this name.

ThistleThorn Says:

2015-02-17T12:15:39

I imagine this on a really short little girl with big huge blue eyes.

Catastroffy Says:

2015-01-17T22:17:51

Luna is an incredibly...lunar name to me. It's extroardinarily shimmering and pale and moonlike. Glowing, almost.

Caroline Says:

2014-12-06T07:45:41

I like this but I worry that people might call her Loony!

Guest Says:

2014-11-15T20:19:41

I just think of the darkness that surrounds the moon. I have this really creepy fear of outer space hahaha.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:

2014-11-15T13:27:01

When I hear this name I think of the thing that is the light in the darkness of night- the moon. I picture the pure white light of a full moon and I can only see this on a kid with whitish hair. On the other hand the name Selene, which is the greek equivalent of Luna, reminds me of a dark haired child.

Patricia13 Says:

2014-11-15T12:35:29

I think this is a beautiful name with a beautiful meaning and I'd definitely use it.

Wildchylde101 Says:

2014-10-20T12:53:39

I chose this for my daughter. It fits her perfectly, mama's little flower child.

elkey Says:

2014-09-18T02:00:00

I love it, so gorgeous and mysterious. Stars, water, blues... @indiefendi it is dark to me too, but in a good way. It's hard to explain. One of my good friends just got a puppy named Luna and I'm super enthused because I never would use it irl and I love to hear it being used! @CestCaLaJoie, what a beautifully named daughter!

jojobabyberry Says:

2014-09-14T15:56:28

It's beautiful.

CestCaLaJoie Says:

2014-09-01T14:48:51

I am so glad I chose this for my ten year old daughter. It suits her perfectly!

jan11th Says:

2014-08-19T04:00:37

I knew a girl in Kinder garden named Luna and her mom would call her Lu

faithnamer Says:

2014-06-23T17:37:41

When I hear this name, I don't think of the darkness of night. I think of the beautiful things that brighten up the sky at night like the moon and stars! :)

Guest Says:

2014-06-17T03:08:39

It sounds so dark to me :(

Kailagood Says:

2014-06-09T03:52:09

Love this name will never have enough girls to use it but maybe some one around me will

AnonymousPerson Says:

2014-06-08T09:15:13

Very pretty.

faithnamer Says:

2014-02-11T19:05:02

This is one of my favorite names. It reminds me of a starry night sky.