Gender-Neutral Celestial Names

  1. Ainar
    • Origin:

      Kazakh
    • Meaning:

      "male moon"
    • Description:

      A strong and evocative Kazakh moon name. It also appears in Estonia as a masculine form of the popular girl name Aino, meaning "the only one".
  2. Aruna
    • Origin:

      Sanskrit, Hindi
    • Meaning:

      "reddish brown"
    • Description:

      This colorful Sanskrit name belongs to the Hindu god Aruna, the charioteer who drives the sun god Surya across the sky. Aruna can also be masculinized to Arun.
  3. Asaki
    • Origin:

      Japanese
    • Meaning:

      "morning moon or morning blossom"
    • Description:

      Depending on the kanji characters used, this attractive and energetic Japanese name can have a variety of meanings relating to nature.
  4. Aster
    • Origin:

      English from Greek
    • Meaning:

      "star"
    • Description:

      The name of the Aster flower, named by the English, was derived from the Greek word for star. Like many floral names, Aster is much more popular among baby girls.
  5. Ayhan
    • Badr
      • Chandra
        • Dara
          • Origin:

            Irish, Persian, Punjabi, Khmer
          • Meaning:

            "oak tree; wealthy; leader; star"
          • Description:

            Though Dara in the U.S. would be considered mainly a girls' name – the most recent count is 10 times as many girls given the name last year than boys – it's a boys' name in Ireland, where it's in the Top 100 along with variations Daire and Darragh.
        • Eli
          • Origin:

            Hebrew
          • Meaning:

            "ascended, uplifted, high"
          • Description:

            With its sharp, succinct sounds and cool, laidback style, Eli is a popular choice among parents today. Compact and punchy, it is a Biblical name with plenty of charm.
        • Evenstar
          • Origin:

            English
          • Meaning:

            "evening star"
          • Description:

            Evenstar is an old name for the planet Venus, the "evening star" of astronomy. Lord of the Rings fans may recognize it as a name of Arwen Undómiel.
        • Ever
          • Origin:

            English word name
          • Description:

            Ever's timeless quality would make this evocative word a positive middle name choice for a boy or girl. Alanis Morissette and Souleye named their son Ever Imre.

            Ever also seems to have ties to a Scandinavian name meaning "wild as a boar" and a Hebrew name meaning "beyond,"-- a variation of the name Eber.

        • Gemini
          • Origin:

            Latin
          • Meaning:

            "twins"
          • Description:

            After Leo, this is one of the most usable names in the zodiac: part ancient, part new-age, part high-tech. In the night sky, the constellation Gemini is present all year round in both hemispheres. It has been associated with twins since ancient times, and its two brightest stars are named Castor and Pollux after the twins of Greek mythology. It also has STEM connections: Project Gemini was a NASA spaceflight program before Apollo.
        • Hilal
          • Origin:

            Arabic, Turkish
          • Meaning:

            "crescent moon"
          • Description:

            In Arabic, hilal is the word for the crescent moon that marks the beginning of the month on the Islamic calendar. Hilal is a common girl name in Turkey, but is typically masculine in Arabic.
        • Hoku
          • Origin:

            Hawaiian
          • Meaning:

            "night of the full moon"
          • Description:

            Like a large proportion of traditional Hawaiian names, Hoku can be used for both girls and boys.
        • Izar
          • Origin:

            Basque
          • Meaning:

            "star"
          • Description:

            Used more for girls in Europe, but definitely sounds masculine enough for a boy here.
        • Jupiter
          • Origin:

            Latin
          • Meaning:

            "godfather"
          • Description:

            Jupiter's partner Juno has entered the mainstream, so it's possible that her divine mate could follow. But not necessarily for boys — Jupiter is currently mostly female in the US, thanks to its similarity to Juniper. Stars including Ed Sheeran and Ashley Tisdale recently welcomed daughters named Jupiter, which could shift the balance even more towards the girls.
        • Kamari
          • Origin:

            Variation of Kamaria, Swahili
          • Meaning:

            "moonlight"
          • Description:

            A melodic name that's taking off in the African-American community, along with sound-alikes such as Amari, Jamari, and Damari.
        • Leo
          • Origin:

            Latin
          • Meaning:

            "lion"
          • Description:

            Leo is a strong-yet-friendly name that was common among the Romans, used for thirteen popes, and is now at its highest point ever in the US thanks in part to Leonardo "Leo" DiCaprio.
        • Lucero
          • Origin:

            Spanish
          • Meaning:

            "light"
          • Description:

            Lucero is a relative or nickname of Luz, meaning light. This intriguing name is swimming just beneath the Top 1000 for girls in the US, but is used for boys too. It is especially popular in Latin America.
        • Mars
          • Origin:

            Roman mythology god of war
          • Description:

            The name of the Roman god of war began to sound less intimidating when Erykah Badu gave it to her daughter, and musicians Thomas and Bruno Mars (the latter born Peter Hernandez) have given it a modern edge. Mars actually could make a pleasant, planetary middle name for either sex.