Luna Name Meaning

A name with beauty straight from the heavens, Luna means “the moon” in Latin. She’s also the Roman goddess of the moon, often depicted gallivanting in her ornate chariot.

Little Luna is on-par with similar celestial names Aurora and Nova, a trend that is taking the charts by surprise. Despite being a bit wordy in her roots, she’s familiar in feel to Lucy and Louisa, winning over parents with her delicate sound.

Short and sweet girl names are all the rage, with Remi, Mila, and Zoey all keeping Luna company in her rise to prominence. She may be astrological in her roots, but she’s completely at home here on Earth among her peers. Luna frequents the pages of fiction from Harry Potter to Marvel comics. She’s also seen in anime and film, her appeal irresistible to writers seeking otherworldly monikers.

Luna’s moonlit origins give her a subtle romantic appeal, similar to Isabella and Julietta without all the fuss. She’s simple yet devastating in her beauty, turning heads with her use as she’s still unexpected despite her rise in popularity. A little Luna stands apart in a crowd, her ethereal presence distinct from the Sophias and Emmas.

Nicknames include the petite Lou and the adorable Lulu, while variants like Lunetta will leave you breathless.

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Luna Name Popularity

How popular is the name Luna? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Luna was the 23rd most popular girls name, representing 0.502% of girl births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Luna has been the 690th most popular girls name, representing 0.0208% of girl births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 704 11 0.0031%
1911 712 11 0.003%
1912 828 12 0.0024%
1913 0 0%
1914 988 12 0.0017%
1915 1,122 11 0.0012%
1916 759 44 0.0046%
1917 985 20 0.002%
1918 1,016 21 0.002%
1919 978 22 0.0021%
1920 1,104 17 0.0015%
1921 890 36 0.0031%
1922 1,030 23 0.0021%
1923 979 26 0.0023%
1924 1,606 5 0.0004%
1925 1,269 12 0.0011%
1926 1,565 5 0.0005%
1927 1,139 16 0.0014%
1928 1,696 5 0.0005%
1929 1,372 7 0.0007%
1930 0 0%
1931 0 0%
1932 1,126 13 0.0013%
1933 0 0%
1934 1,410 6 0.0006%
1935 1,480 5 0.0005%
1936 1,386 6 0.0006%
1937 0 0%
1938 0 0%
1939 1,382 6 0.0006%
1940 0 0%
1941 0 0%
1942 0 0%
1943 0 0%
1944 0 0%
1945 0 0%
1946 0 0%
1947 0 0%
1948 0 0%
1949 0 0%
1950 0 0%
1951 0 0%
1952 0 0%
1953 0 0%
1954 0 0%
1955 0 0%
1956 0 0%
1957 0 0%
1958 0 0%
1959 0 0%
1960 0 0%
1961 0 0%
1962 0 0%
1963 0 0%
1964 0 0%
1965 0 0%
1966 0 0%
1967 0 0%
1968 0 0%
1969 0 0%
1970 2,356 6 0.0004%
1971 0 0%
1972 0 0%
1973 0 0%
1974 0 0%
1975 0 0%
1976 0 0%
1977 0 0%
1978 0 0%
1979 0 0%
1980 2,776 6 0.0004%
1981 0 0%
1982 3,191 5 0.0003%
1983 0 0%
1984 2,737 6 0.0004%
1985 0 0%
1986 0 0%
1987 0 0%
1988 3,110 6 0.0004%
1989 0 0%
1990 0 0%
1991 0 0%
1992 0 0%
1993 3,042 8 0.0005%
1994 1,951 29 0.0019%
1995 2,305 18 0.0012%
1996 1,625 47 0.0031%
1997 1,580 52 0.0035%
1998 1,381 74 0.0049%
1999 1,520 60 0.004%
2000 1,310 92 0.006%
2001 1,153 125 0.0083%
2002 1,123 134 0.0089%
2003 893 218 0.0143%
2004 712 328 0.0215%
2005 608 422 0.0276%
2006 516 548 0.035%
2007 453 672 0.0426%
2008 399 765 0.0495%
2009 323 981 0.0656%
2010 336 912 0.0633%
2011 274 1,117 0.0784%
2012 222 1,380 0.0968%
2013 182 1,725 0.1212%
2014 141 2,328 0.1598%
2015 110 2,792 0.1919%
2016 77 3,654 0.2534%
2017 37 5,320 0.3812%
2018 23 6,897 0.502%

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Data via SSA.gov.


Names Like Luna

If you like Luna, you’ll love these other names like Luna.


What names are diminutives of Luna?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Luna sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Luna, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lulu

Precious; pearl; calm, peaceful, protected

Latin

#2,088 (0.0019%)  

What names are variants of Luna?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Luna.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Luneth

Moon

Latin

Lunetta

Moon

Latin

Lunette

Idol, image, shape; moon

Welsh

Lunneta

Moon

Latin


What names sound like Luna?

If you like how Luna sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Luna.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lana

Little rock

English

#346 (0.061%)  
Lena

Woman from Magdala

Hebrew

#293 (0.0774%)  
Lina

Palm tree

Latin

#725 (0.0221%)  
Lona

A short form of Alonsa.

Luana

Enjoyment

Polynesian

#1,899 (0.0026%)  
Lucy

Of the light

English

#51 (0.3169%)  
Lyna

Light; palm tree

Slavic

Una

One

Latin

#2,584 (0.0009%)  

What names are similar to Luna?

Find a name that’s like Luna, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Aria

Vocal solo

English

#19 (0.5382%)  
Aura

Wind

Latin

#1,462 (0.0052%)  
Aurora

Goddess of dawn

Latin

#44 (0.3483%)  
Dahlia

Dahlia flower

Scandinavian

#401 (0.0514%)  
Gia

God is gracious

Italian

#377 (0.0543%)  
Mila

Dear and gracious

Slavic

#14 (0.5915%)  
Nova

New

Latin

#56 (0.3002%)  
Phoebe

Bright and pure

Greek

#310 (0.0723%)  
Skye

English

#402 (0.0513%)  
Stella

Celestial star

Latin

#38 (0.3727%)  

Lists With Luna

Find inspiration in these baby girl name lists featuring the name Luna.


Siblings of Luna

Mamas with kids named Luna also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Sabryna

Celtic

Ashton

Ash tree town

English

#128 (0.2204%)  

15 Comments

  1. I love the moon ?

  2. We choose Luna because the name isn’t common
    Don’t dislike nothing

  3. We loved the way it sounded. It is short and sweet. We also loved that it means the moon.

  4. We wanted something not very common but not unheard of. Plus her name translates to moon in a lot of languages a d she is our moon and stars.

  5. We wanted a uncommon but not completely unknown name for her. We love that Luna is moon in more than one language because she is our moon and stars

  6. Luna means moon. When I think of the moon, I think of a full moon and there always being light in the dark. I miscarried in Oct 2018, Luna is my rainbow baby. She is my light in the dark. Her middle name is Rayne. In French Rayne means Queen. Strength. She is in the NICU but I know she has the strength of a Queen to make it through.

  7. It was obvious from the day I found out I was pregnant, that the only name for a girl (we did not know child;s gender until she was born) was going to be Luna, it was meant to be!
    it is a beautiful, rare name,
    just like one of the readers above I am a bit -maybe not worried but – stunned seeing how many dog Lunas I see nowadays, hope it won’t feel wrong in the future, it is a girl’s name and we live in Europe (Poland and UK)

  8. Mom and dad of Luna were unsure of gender but before baby was born in the comfort of our home dad took a walk outside before his first born,laid eyes on the big full moon and was feeling the name Luna if a girl. She was born a girl.

  9. I love all things that have to do with nature and our world. Luna really stuck out to me because it sounds like a name given to the goddess of the moon. We love her name and it fits our little moon baby’s personality. The only con is that a lot of people like to name their dog Luna ????

  10. She was my light in a dark time and I loved the name

  11. We had boy/girl twins and I fell in love with the name Luna. Her brother is Orion. They’re my little moon and stars!

  12. I’m a little bit witchy and I feel so completely drawn to the moon and Luna means “moon” is Spanish (my husband and his family speak Spanish too so they all really liked it). Also, I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and anyone who knows Harry Potter knows Luna Lovegood is such a gem of a character. ALSO it was one of the few names both my husband and I agreed on. Luna is such a beautiful name! I don’t know any other Lunas, even though now that I have a Luna I feel like I hear and see the name everywhere. It’s unique, it’s pronounceable, and it’s easy to spell. Also, nicknames! Lulu, Lu, Lilu (any Fifth Element fans?… short for “Little Luna” too.)

    She LOOKS like a Luna, too. After she came out and I saw her sweet face I knew she was a Luna. I was skeptical about how a baby could “look” like they belonged to a name but the first time I saw my girl I knew we had chosen the right name for her.

  13. I named my daughter in honor of Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series. Luna is a person who is unafraid of being different; she is confident and secure in her uniqueness. She is also kind and honest and imaginative. These are all traits I hope to help my Luna foster!! Also, Luna means moon, and the peaceful serenity and quiet wisdom of the moon was a factor in loving the name as well!

    • I’m planning to name my daughter Luna Serena <3

      • That’s a really pretty name


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