Night Names: Heavenly celestial choices

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Night and Day names. They’re as different as …well…night and day. Morning and afternoon names can be bright and sunny, while nocturnal names can have an air of subtle mystery.

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:

NOCTURNAL MEANINGS

Ajambo—usually used for girls, is an African (Luo) name meaning ‘born in the evening’.

Amayaone of its meanings is ‘night rain’ in Japanese

Ilta—a Finnish name meaning night

Kokoa Native American (Blackfoot) name meaning night

Leila, Layla, LilaIn Arabic, Leila means night, but it has come to mean ‘dark as night’ or ‘dark beauty’.

Lilith means ‘of the night’

Nisha is a feminine name that means ‘night’ in Sanskrit

Orpheusa 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

Rajania name meaning night in Hindi—in mythology another name of the goddess Kali

Samaran Arabic name meaning ‘evening conversation’

Shirina—an Indian name meaning night

STARRY NAMES

Altairthe brightest star in the constellation Aquila

Andromedaa constellation named after a beautiful Greek mythological princess

Aquila, one of the brightest in the night sky

Asta, AstraGreek, meaning ‘star-like

BellatrixNo, it wasn’t invented by Ms. Rowling: Bellatrix is a bight star in the night sky, the third brightest star in the constellation Orion

Cassiopeiathe mother of Andromeda was changed into a northern sky constellation when she died

Estelle, Estella, Estrella—from the Latin, meaning ‘star

Estherfrom Persian for star

Etoile—the French word for star

Izar –it means star in Basque

Lyraa small constellation; in Greek myth, Lyra is associated with the myth of Orpheus, a musician who played the lyre

NashA star in the constellation Sagittarius; it forms the tip of the archer’s arrow, and the name comes from the Arabic for ‘arrowhead’.

NovaA star that suddenly increases dramatically in brightness

Orionthe 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

VegaThe brightest star in the constellation Lyra

VenusThe name of the second planet from the sun (as well as the Roman goddess of love)

VesperLatin meaning ‘evening star’

LUNAR NAMES

Kamariameans beauty of the moon in Swahili

Livanaa Hebrew name meaning new moon

Lunathe Latin  word for moon, personified as a goddess–and a major character in Harry Potter

Moonas in Moon Zappa

NeomaGreek, meaning new moon

Raka—a Hindi name meaning full moon

GODS & GODDESSES

AnnikiFinnish nighttime goddess

ArtemisGreek moon goddess

ChandraIndian moon god

Cynthiaa Greek name related to Artemis

Deliaanother epithet of Artemis

DevaHindu moon goddess

DianaRoman goddess of the moon

IsisEgyptian goddess of the sky

NyxGreek goddess of the night

Phoebeyet another epithet for Artemis

RhiannonWelsh goddess of the moon

Selene/SelenaGreek goddess of the moon

 

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Orchid_Lover Says:

August 26th, 2014 at 5:51 am

Mira is another star name..aka Omicron Ceti which is a variable star in constellation Cetus

mermuse Says:

August 26th, 2014 at 8:33 am

You forgot some of my favorites: Sirius, Danica, and Yvaine!

Whirligig Says:

August 26th, 2014 at 11:08 am

Amaya, Esther and Stella are my favourites.

miloowen Says:

August 26th, 2014 at 11:44 am

Favourites are Esther, Leila, Lilith, Artemis, Diana, Phoebe, Rhiannon. Also, add Celeste and Cybele.

katherine_mcintyre Says:

August 26th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

my younger sons middle name is orion.

spotlightstarlit Says:

August 26th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Neoma is amazing! It reminds me of up and comers Nova, Neo, Noemi and the classic Naomi. I also adore the meaning!

Gwendolyn Clara Noema or Gwendolyn Clara Niamh are now front-running!

spotlightstarlit Says:

August 26th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Gwendolyn Clare Noema**

LuMary Says:

August 26th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

I love Esther, and it comes with great vintage nicknames: Hetty, Ettie, Essie. I, thought, though, Esther was of debatable meaning.

I like Star, Starry, Starshine, Moonlight, Venus, Jupiter, Andromeda, Orion. There was a drummer boy in the Civil War named Orion, and the constellation is mentioned in Scripture (Job, I venture to say).

LuMary Says:

August 26th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Starlight is a good one, too.

LuMary Says:

August 26th, 2014 at 2:41 pm

I knew a girl named Gemini. With word names in vogue, how about Comet? Comet would make a good cat’s name, at any rate.

LuMary Says:

August 26th, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Moonrise. Meteor? If Saint, Bronx Mowgli, Zuma Nesta Rock, North West, why not Meteor?

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JezebelLilithMckay Says:

December 22nd, 2014 at 7:00 pm

i love most of these names : ) Also my middle name is Lilith!
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PrudenceA Says:

May 26th, 2016 at 11:31 pm

Asta is beautiful

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