The word ‘Moon’ derives from ‘moone’ or ‘mone. These words, inturn, originated from Old English term ‘mona’. The word Luna is also used for moon.
Earth has a single moon, but there are other planets which have more than one. The moon is a wonderful celestial object emanating light in the darkness and cycling through different stages while blipping around the earth. It has inspired mankind since the dawn of times. The size, shape, position and patterns are so beautiful that it prompted the birth of gods and goddesses and made people worship it in the ancient times. So could there be any better inspiration for your baby’s name than this celestial object? MomJunction has compiled an extensive list of names that mean moon or alluding to its gods and goddesses. Check them out below!
Names Meaning Moon For Boys:
Badar is a lovely Arabic name, meaning ‘full moon’. This strong name carries a romantic image.
Qamar is an Arabic name and means ‘moon’. This name sounds appealing because of its similarity to the very likable Omar.
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This Turkish name means ‘bronze moon’.
Aku is a Babylonian mythological name of the Moon god. This quiet and understated name could come back as double syllable baby names are picking popularity.
Badru is an Egyptian name, meaning ‘born during the full moon’. In the 1800s and 1900s, the name Badru was so popular that some parents started using it even for their baby girls.
The name Purnama originates in the Javanese language and means ‘full moon’. Purnama was once a prominent name in Indonesia and India and is expected to make a comeback soon.
If you want an exotic name for your baby boy, go for Aibek. It is a combination of the Turkish words ‘aye’ and ‘beg’, which means ‘the master of the moon’.
Jericho is the name of an Israeli city mentioned several times in the Old Testament. The name Jericho is related to the Hebrew word ‘yareach’, which means the moon.
Meaning ‘Rama moon’, Ramachandra is a Hindu name, derived from Lord Rama. Chandra is a Sanskrit word for moon. Ramachandra is quite an old name and is rarely considered by parents these days. But you have the option of shortening to either Chandra or Chandru.
The Turkish has a special affinity with the moon. They have plenty of baby names meaning moon and Ilkay is one of them. It comes from the words ‘ilk’, which means ‘first’ and ‘ay’, which means ‘moon’.
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Koray is one of the most meaningful and rhythmic Turkish baby names. It means ‘ember moon’. The name is famous in Turkey, but has now started to make way to the West as well.
Marama is a Polynesian mythological name of the moon god. It is the Maori word for moon. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Marama is one of the rarer names of this set. That’s because Maori is not a widely spoken language. The Maori people are indigenous to New Zealand and the language is rarely heard outside the country. It is pronounced as “Mah-rah-mah”.
In Sumerian mythology, Nanna is the name of the moon god and the son of Enlil. His symbol is a crescent. Nanna was also known by the name ‘Sin’, which means ‘wisdom’.
Pulan is a Chamory name meaning ‘moon’. The name has a jazzy edge and would appeal to non-traditional parents.
The name Chan is a Sanskrit word for ‘moon’. So your little one will be radiating his charm wherever he goes.
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In Egyptian mythology, Iah was the name of the moon god, who was later identified as Thoth.
Chandrakant is a Sanskrit name, meaning ‘shining moon’. In the Hindu mythology, Chandrakanth is the name of moonstone created by moonlight. You can even shorten it to Chandra, another Sanskrit name, meaning ‘moon’.
Kale is the name of one of the moons orbiting Jupiter. The name Kale is a version of Charles and comes from the Old English word ‘ceorl’, which means ‘free man’.
Arche is the name of a moon orbiting Jupiter. But people might mistaken it for Archie from the Archie comics.
Atlas is the teeny tiny (well not so tiny), smooth-surfaced moon of Saturn. Actress Anne Heche made it famous by naming her son Atlas Tupper.
Balachandra is a traditional Hindu name, meaning ‘young moon’. The popularity of this name has been decreasing. So shorten it to Bala if you want to give a familiar name to your child.
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If you are an Asian, or want names with an Asian touch, go with Hang. It’s a Vietnamese name, meaning ‘moon’.
In English, the name London means ‘fortress of the moon’. London is a unisex name, but would suit boys more than girls.
The name Mahrukh originates in Africa and means ‘face of the moon’. It comes with an appealing and usable nickname Mahru.
Mayank is one of the hugely popular Hindi names meaning ‘moon’. This name traveled from the ancient Sanskrit scribe of the classical names and went on to become a hot pick with the Indian parents.
Turkey is home to some of the most attractive baby names. Mayar, meaning ‘moon glow’, is one of them.
This American name means ‘white moon’. This name will sound cute even when used for a girl.
It’s rare we come across quintessential Scottish names. Most of the Scottish names are borrowed from the UK. But Quacey is a pure Scottish name and means ‘moonlight’.
Here’s another Indian name, meaning moon. The name is bright and beautiful, just like your son is sure to be.
Oberon is the large moon of Uranus, named after the King of Fairies in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. If you want to give the name a unique twist, call him Auberon. It has the same meaning and pronunciation but spells differently.
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Is there anything cooler than being named after Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the surface of the moon? This name peaked in the 1950s and is still going strong.
Io, the name of the most volcanic moon in the solar system, will make a great nickname if your child is named Antonio, Amelio or Octavio.
The meaning of Hilal is ‘new crescent moon’. This Arabic name has a regal ring to it, which makes it very popular with Arab parents.
Proteus is one of Neptune’s moons. This name is strong and powerful, exactly what you want our son to be when he grows up.
Triton is the name of the moon orbiting Neptune.
Meztli is a Nahuatl name for ‘moon’. This name is currently on the 170th spot in its region, but is expected to reach greater heights soon.
The Indian name Rakesh comes from the Sanskrit word ‘raka’, meaning ‘full moon’ and ‘isha’, meaning lord or ruler. Hence, the meaning of Rakesh is ‘lord of the full moon day’.
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Janus is the name of one of the moons of Saturn. The name comes from the Roman god with two heads. This classic Roman name was familiar for thousands of years and was also favored by kings and saints. The month of January is also named after Janus.
The meaning of this Egyptian name is ‘god of the moon’. The name Astennu was the most popular in 1971 when it reached the #321st spot.
Himanshu is another popular Hindi name, meaning ‘moon’. The name immediately brings to mind Himanshu Chatterjee, the Bollywood hero.
Names That Mean Moon For Girls:
This name had to be included in the list. If not as a given name, you can use it as a nickname for your daughter. The eccentric Frank Zappa named his daughter Moon. He even claims that his daughter likes it.
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Neoma is a Greek spin on Naomi. It means ‘full moon’. Neomi and Noemi are other variations of this name. So which one are you planning to use for your daughter?
Badriyah is the feminine form of the name Badr. It means ‘full’. If Badriyah sounds too traditional, go for Budur.
Hala is beautiful and unique in its own way. The meaning of this Arabic name is ‘moon halo’.
Amaris is a pretty and unusual baby name, which means ‘child of the moon’ in Old Irish and ‘given by God’ in Hebrew. We love this moniker for its multicultural appeal.
Jaci is a native American name, meaning ‘moon’. So if you have a likeness for tribal names, go for Jaci.
Jyotsna is a Hindi name, meaning ‘moonlight’. This name was first used in India and its surrounding regions during the Classical period, that is during the 16th-17th century.
Lucine is an Armenian name meaning ‘moon’. Its spelling variations are Lousin and Louisine. Lucy would be the best nickname of Lucine.
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The name Candra is derived from an Indonesian love story about princess Candra of Kediri. Candra was the incarnation of the Indonesian goddess of Love, Dewi Ratih and her name means ‘glowing like the moon’.
This is a unique and even slightly outlandish moon-inspired name in this list. Hakidonmuya is a native American name meaning ‘time of the waiting moon’.
Kamaria is a Swahili name, meaning ‘beauty of the moon or moonlight’. The name is both unusual and lush and would make a unique moniker for your daughter.
Luna is a strong, yet shimmery moon-inspired name that has been growing in popularity, probably because of the character Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series. It’s an epithet for Diana, the Roman Goddess of moon. This name jumped 119 places from 2010 to 20102 and now sits pretty at #143. Ellen Pompeo and Joely Fisher used Luna as a middle name for their daughter.
If you don’t want the cheesy name Diva for your daughter, try Deva, the name of the Hindu moon goddess. The name was chosen by the sultry siren Monica Belluci for her daughter.
This lovely and classic name belongs to the Roman goddess of moon, hunting and virginity. This name hovered for decades around #100, and was its highest point in the late 1940s. We feel that this gorgeous name is underused, so you can pick it up for your daughter. Late Princess Diana of England is the most famous bearer of this name.
This exotic name belongs to one of the most prominent Greek goddesses. Artemis is the goddess of animals, wilderness, hunting and moon. Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo and on of the 12 Greek mythology deities residing in Mount Olympus.
Goddess Artemis is equivalent to Diana in Roman mythology, but the moniker Artemis is more distinctive and fresher than the latter. Artemas and Artemus are alternative spellings for this name.
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Chandra is the name of the Hindu goddess of the moon. The name was last groovy when meditation and incense were trending concepts. With the trend of yoga and meditation coming back, we see a resurgence in this name.
This attractive Greek name is an epithet of Artemis, the moon goddess. This name so was overexposed in the mid 20th century that it fell into a period of neglect. But now Cynthia is in an excellent form and is ripe for reconsideration. Cindy would make a perfect, upbeat nickname for Cynthia. Cynthia Gregory, the former American ballerina, is one of its most notable namesakes.
Delia is also an epithet of the Artemis. The name is derived from the Greek island of Delos, a mythical place said to be the home of Apollo and Artemis. The name later became a favorite with the 17th-century pastoral poets. As a name, Delia stands strong on its own, but can also be used as a short for Cordelia and Adelia.
In Greek mythology, Phoebe is another epithet of Artemis. In the New Testament, Phoebe is a church deaconess. Shakespeare used this name for his rustic Denizen in the play As You Like It. But Phoebe from the Friends sitcom series gave a boost to this moniker. The name is one of the top 300 names in the US and one of the top 25 names in Wales and England. Bill and Melinda Gates used this name for their daughter.
Selena is a Latin variation of the Greek name Selene. This shiny, smooth and sensual 19th century moniker found a lease of life in the Latin community. But you don’t have to be Latin to use this name for your child. It is one of the most stylish names right now and is adopted by people of all regions. Disney favorite Selena Gomez popularized this name significantly.
This English word alludes to a shape of the moon. It is an incredibly intriguing name with a very pleasant sound.
As a name of Prophet Muhammad’s wife, Aisha is extremely popular with the Muslims and African Americans. Apart from carrying a plethora of positive meanings, this beautiful Arabic name is linked to the Moon goddess as well.
Alcmene is the Latin form of the Greek name Alkmene, which means ‘might of the moon’. In the Greek mythology, Alcmene is the name of the mortal mother of Hercules.
Aysun is a lovely Turkish name, meaning ‘beautiful as the moon’. Add a twist to this name by spelling it as Aisun.
Here’s another Turkish name for you, meaning ‘moon halo’. The name would make a perfect pick for parents with Turkish ancestry.
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Aysu is another Turkish name related to the moon. It means ‘moon water’. But is there really water on the moon? Let’s leave that to the scientists.
Maha is a short and sweet Arabic name, meaning ‘moon’. It’s often considered a short for Mahdokht, a Persian name, which means ‘daughter of the moon’. Keep Mahadokht as your daughter’s given name, and call her Maha at home.
Hawaiian names are not much heard beyond the border of this state. So picking a Hawaiian name for your daughter would make her stand out from the crowd. Mahina is a Hawaiian name meaning ‘moonlight’.
Mahvash is a Persian name that means ‘moon-like’. This name is heard widely in India, Pakistan and UAE.
Did you know that Monday also has moon in it? This English name is composed of the Old English elements, ‘mona’, which means ‘moon’ and ‘gig’ which means ‘day,’ hence ‘moon day’.
Mahtab is an Arabic name meaning ‘moonlight’. This moniker has gone from a cute teenager name to a peppy adult name.
Purnima is a Hindi name, meaning ‘full moon’. You can shorten the name to Poorna.
This is one of our favorites. Pensri is a Thai name, meaning ‘full moon’. The popularity of this name has risen quite fast in the recent years.
Mahnaz is a cross culture name. It’s as popular with the Punjabis as it is with Muslims.
This one is a Greek name, meaning ‘the moon’. It’s basically the variation of Selena. Shorten this lovely name to Zel for a different spin.
Here’s an unusually beautiful name for your rising superstar. Nokomis is a native American name, meaning ‘daughter of the moon’.
Larissa is the name of one of Neptune’s moons. In Greek mythology, Larissa was the mother of Pelasgus. It’s also the name of a city in Greece.
Portia is the name of one of Uranus’ moons. The name was inspired by a Shakespearean character of the same name in The Merchant of Venice. In the play, Portia disguises herself as a man to save her husband Antonio from the trial.
Mona also means ‘moon’ in English. This name peaked in 1950 with the 230th spot, but fell completely after the turn of the century.
Elara, the name of a moon of Jupiter, is one of the most wearable of the space-inspired moon names. In Greek mythology, Elara was one of the lovers of Zeus.
This name is borrowed from the Welsh mythology and is associated with the moon. Wondering how? The name translates to the silver wheel, which is a fitting image for your little moon goddess.
In Spanish mythology, Quila is the name of the Incan moon goddess, one of the most powerful deities. She is depicted as a charming woman. Quila is also a stunning alternative to the highly common name Stella.
Callisto is the name of the third largest moon in our solar system. Some even say it’s a name borrowed from the mythology of night skies. Callisto is quite familiar among modern parents. It was the name of a villain in Xena, the Warrior Princess. Calisto Flockhart is its most popular namesake.
Helene is the name of the moon of Saturn. The name was inspired by the Helen of Troy. Female names, starting with ‘He’ sound very intriguing.
Thalassa is one of the most intriguing baby names in this list. It’s the name of a moon of Neptune. The name comes from the Geek word for sea. In the Greek mythology, Thalassa was the primordial goddess of the sea.
We hope our compilation helps you find the perfect name for your baby. Would you select a name that means moon for your child? If yes, then which one is your favorite? Tell us by commenting below.
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