Lunar names

While everyone knows the names Luna (very quickly rising towards the Top 100), after the Roman goddess of the Moon, and Selene/Selena, after the Greek goddess of the Moon, there are also a lot of other great names with lunar-related meanings. Many of these names are from Asian languages.

Unisex:

Aytaç means “Moon crown” in Turkish.

Badr means “full Moon” in Arabic.

Chan means “Moon” in Khmer, derived from Sanskrit.

Chandra means “Moon” in Sanskrit, derived from chand (to shine).

İlkay means “new Moon” in Turkish.

Purnama means “full Moon” in Indonesian.

Qamar means “Moon” in Arabic.

Soma means “lunar nectar” in Sanskrit.

Male:

Aibek is a Kyrgyz and Kazakh name derived from the Turkic elements ay (Moon) and beg (chieftain, master).

Ayberk means “high Moon” in Turkish.

Badri means “full Moon” in Georgian.

Chandrakant means “belovèd by the Moon” in Sanskrit.

Iah means “Moon” in Ancient Egyptian.

Koray means “ember Moon” in Turkish.

Rakesh means “Lord of the full Moon day” in Sanskrit.

Ramachandra means “Rama Moon” in Sanskrit.

Tuncay means “bronze Moon” in Turkish.

Female:

Aiday means “Moon child” in Kazakh.

Aiman means “beauty of the Moon” in Kazakh.

Aydan means “from the Moon” in Turkish, though it’s a given almost everyone would assume this is one of the ubiquitous kreatyv spylyngz of Aidan all over the Top 100 in recent years.

Aygül means “Moon rose” in Turkish.

Aygün is an Azeri and Turkish name derived from the elements ay (Moon) and gün (Sun).

Aylin means “Moon halo” in Azeri and Turkish.

Aýnabat means “sweet Moon” in Turkish.

Aynur means “moonlight” in Azeri, Uyghur, and Turkish.

Aysel means “Moon stream” in Azeri and Turkish.

Aysu means “Moon water” in Turkish.

Aysun means “as beautiful as the Moon” in Turkish.

Bulan means “Moon” or “month” in Indonesian.

Channary means “Moon-faced girl” in Khmer.

Dilay means “beautiful Moon” in Turkish.

Feray means “radiance of the Moon” in Turkish.

Firimtvasa means “Moon’s mouth” in Georgian.

Gülay means “rose Moon” in Turkish.

Günay means “Sun Moon” in Azeri and Turkish.

Hala means “halo around the Moon” in Arabic.

Hilargi means “Moon” in Basque.

Lusine, or Lucine, means “Moon” in Armenian. The spelling Lucine is also the French form of Lucina.

Mahin means “related to the Moon” in Persian.

Mahsa means “like the Moon” in Persian.

Mahvash means “Moon-like” in Persian.

Marama means “Moon” in Maori, after the Maori and Polynesian goddess of the Moon and Death.

Menodora means “gift of the Moon” in Greek.

Mtvarisa means “Moon’s girl” in Georgian.

Natsuki is a Japanese name composed of the elements na (greens, vegetables) and tsuki (Moon). As with just about all other East Asian names, many other meanings are possible, depending upon the characters used.

Nguyệt means “Moon” in Vietnamese.

Nuray means “bright Moon” in Turkish.

Purnima means “full Moon” in Sanskrit.

Sasithorn means “the Moon” in Thai.

Şenay means “merry Moon” in Turkish.

Tsukiko can mean “Moon child” in Japanese.

Tülay means “tulle Moon” in Turkish.

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