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Etymology & Historical Origin - Luna
Luna is a name from Roman mythology and means ‘moon’ in Latin. She was the goddess of the Moon (her Greek counterpart was Selene and later Artemis). The Romans heavily borrowed from the Greek mythological tradition and Luna is an example of this. Closely mapping her Greek incarnation, Luna rode her white chariot across the sky wearing the moon as her crown to illuminate the night as she traveled to be with her mortal husband Endymion. She was an important deity to the Romans since they depended upon the moon for calculating time (i.e., the lunar calendar). It’s unclear when the name was popularized, but today it is quite popular among many European countries. Luna is ranked high in Belgium, France, Denmark, Holland, Spain and Croatia. Indeed, an ancient name with wide-reaching popularity.
Popularity of the Name Luna
In the United States, Luna has only seen moderate to low popularity. The name existed on the female naming charts in the late 1800s and early 1900s. However, by 1915, the name pretty much disappeared from use for almost 90 straight years. The name reemerged in 2003 and quickly ascended the charts back up to moderate popularity where it seems to have reached its peak. A renewed interest in offbeat mythological characters may have something to do with Luna’s comeback. Her Greek counterpart, Selene (or Selena) has demonstrated a similar return to the charts. There are several other mythological characters (such as Penelope, Diana, Aurora, Phoebe, Iris and Cassandra) who are celebrating homecomings from the ancient times to the modern day. Their stories are interesting and meaningful. They are not tied to the typical names of the Judeo-Christian tradition. They are different: enchanting, exotic and eccentric. One word to the wise: just be mindful of Luna’s close proximity to the word “lunatic” which borrows from the Latin name to indicate a sort of craziness (i.e., ‘moonstruck’). Luna is also a name often bestowed upon pets (mainly cats and dogs). Nonetheless, this beautiful Latin word is sweet and simple. As enchanting as the moon herself!
Popularity of the Girl Name Luna
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Luna
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Luna
Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter Series) Luna has a "knack for embarrassing honesty" – she is as offbeat and eccentric as her name, but Harry Potter still counts her among his good friends. Although she is not particularly popular, Luna never gives into peer pressure or pretends to be something she’s not. She is funky and different, and we love her for that. She is not afraid to say what she thinks. Even her famous author, J.K. Rowling, has a soft-spot in her heart for this ‘loony’ gal.
Popular Songs on Luna
La Luna - a song by Belinda Carlisle
La Luna Che Non C'e - a song by Andrea Bocelli
La Luna Sober Nuestro Amor - a song by Marc Anthony
Luna - a song by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Luna - a sing by The Smashing Pumpkins
Children's Books on the Baby Name Luna
Buenas noches, Luna (Margaret Wise Brown) - Spanish edition. En una gran habitación verde, arropado en su cama, está un conejito. Buenas noches, habitación. Buenas noches, Luna -- dice el conejito. Y así sucesivamente, le da las buenas noches a todas las cosas que reconoce en su cuarto: al cuadro de los tres ositos sentaditos en sus sillas, a los relojes y a los calcetines, a los gatitos juguetones y a los lindos mitones. En este cuento clásico de la literatura infantil, adorado por generaciones de niños, la poesía que encierra su texto y la ternura de sus bellas ilustraciones con-vierten a éste en un libro ideal para culminar el día. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.
Luna and the Big Blur: A Story for Children Who Wear Glasses (Shirley Day) - Luna figures it's bad enough having a weird name but, to make matters worse, she has to wear glasses! Or maybe she doesn't... Children will enjoy the hilarious mishaps that Luna gets into when she decides not to wear hers. They will relate to Luna's feelings of being different, while they are also reassured that it is okay to wear glasses. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Luna
Famous People Named Luna - Luna (soccer player); Luna McClain (Miss Texas 1947)
Children of Famous People Named Luna
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Luna - Constance Marie (actress)
Luna - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Luna - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Luna.
Personality of the Girl Name Luna
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Luna