100 Magical Moon Names Rising
At #23 in the US last year, Luna’s rise has been… er, astronomical since it re-entered the Top 1000 in 2003, for the first time in almost a century. That was the year that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was first published, featuring the kooky but courageous Luna Lovegood.
The name has since been picked up by stylish celebrity parents such as Penelope Cruz, Uma Thurman and John Legend, and now ranks in the Top 100 in at least 18 other countries, including Australia, Chile, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway and Slovenia.
But, if its meteoric rise to the top of the baby name popularity charts puts you off, here are 100 more magical moon-inspired options to consider.
Girls’ names that mean “moon” include a multitude of attractive Turkish names containing the element ay, meaning (you guessed it!) “moon”. These range from rising international star Ayla to popular picks like Miray, Belinay and Aysima, which are all in the current Turkish Top 50 for girls.
Boy names that mean “moon” include dozens of dynamic Japanese names like Michika, Reito and Tsukio, which can all be formed from different kanji combinations to give various moon-related meanings.
Esmeray: A beautiful Turkish name with the evocative meaning of “dark moon”, which might appeal to lovers of rapid riser Esme.
Mahina: A moon goddess in Hawaiian mythology, whose attractive name literally means “moon” in the Hawaiian language.
Sasithorn: This poetic word for the moon is also used as a name in its native Thailand, pronounced “sah-see-TAWN”. Sweet short form Sasi also means “moon”.
And here are a few more of our favorite lunar names for girls from around the globe:
Ainar: This strong-sounding Kazakh name is actually unisex, meaning “male moon”, “fire moon” or “pomegranate moon” (what a great image!)
Isildur: A literary lunar name from J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium, in which it belongs to a heroic king.
Mani: Properly spelt Máni, this energetic mini name belongs to the personification of the moon in Norse mythology.
And here’s a selection of other great moon names for boys from around the globe:
Faraway Moon Names
But how about the names of other moons? There are some stellar options out there, mostly drawn from myth, legend and literature — right on trend, but rarely used.
And here are a few more appealing faraway moon names for girls:
Ariel: This handsome Hebrew name may have become far more popular for girls in the US, thanks to a certain Little Mermaid, but it’s a truly unisex choice in Israel: #4 for boys and #23 for girls in the last year on record (2016).
Hyperion: One of the Titans in Greek mythology, Hyperion lends his majestic name to another of Saturn’s moons.
Narvi: Also spelt Narfi, this quirky Norse mythology name belongs to the father of Nótt, the personification of the night.
And here are more magical moon names for boys from myth and legend:
Which are your favorite moon-inspired baby names for boys and girls? Share them in the comments below!