Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 17:04

I came across this article that was posted earlier this year by Jess Richardson.  

The moon is such a inspiration and object of wonder.  We often gaze at the moon and dream, wish, or romantisize.   The moon inspires us in many different ways from the awesome possibilities relating to science and exploration, to the mystical and spiritual aspects.

Some cultures worship the moon as a god or goddess, while others use the heavens as a means of navigation.  The moon is used to keep track of cycles, to understand when to plant crops and nurture vineyards.   The moon creates our oceans' tides, and is often given credit for causing strange behavior especially during a full moon-- although there's probably little truth to that.
And the moon is often associated with peace and fertility -- making it a fitting source of inspiration for a baby's name.  

So here is a list of moon-inspired names for boys and girls (as well as some gender neutral names) for you to consider when looking for the perfect inspiration for your new wonderful miracle.  

In ancient Roman mythology, the goddess Luna was the goddess of the moon -- and in Latin, the word for moon is simply "luna." For parents who want a name that's easy to pronounce and feels familiar, Luna is a great choice for girls.

The first moon after the harvest moon, usually in October, is known as the hunter's moon. It's especially bright, and traditionally allowed hunters to ride over the fields to spot their prey at night. It's a great name, and gender-neutral to boot.

Carolyn Porco is an extremely cool astronomer. Among her many accomplishments, she's an expert on the planetary rings and moons that circle the outer planets of our solar system, and is responsible for the discovery of icy geysers on one of Saturn’s moons, Enceladus.

Badar is a beautiful Arabic name with the meaning "full moon." This is a strong name in terms of its sound, and it carries a romantic image of a full moon overhead. This is a traditional boy's name.

The meaning behind the name of the ancient city of Jericho is "city of the moon." The city remains one of the oldest continuous settlements in the world, possibly dating from 9,000 B.C. In the Bible, Jericho is the site of a great battle. It's a strong and unusual name, especially suited for a boy.

Yes, one could also choose "Neil," which is a fine name and strong, but "Armstrong" is such a cool name, and it's also good for either a boy or a girl. Of course, we're referring to the American astronaut who was the first person in history to walk on the moon.

For babies with Chinese heritage, a remarkable namesake is Shi Shen, the early Chinese astronomer who wrote several books on the stars, and who the crater Shi Shen on the moon is named after.

We love the gender-neutral baby name Kennedy just sort of generally, but we especially love getting to honor President John F. Kennedy, who spearheaded the national effort to have Americans land first on the moon.

This name, traditionally from Turkish and Azerbaijani cultures, is historically a girls' name that literally translates to "from the moon" ("ay" means moon, and "dan" means from). We love the sound of this name -- not to mention the meaning.

Launched in 1994, Clementine was a spacecraft sent to make observations of our moon, including assessing the mineral components of the moon, and gathering multi-spectral images of the moon's surface.

Hadley is a mountain on the moon, just to the southwest of which was a landing site for the Apollo 15 expedition. Named for the English mathematician John Hadley, we adore the name Hadley for either a boy or a girl.

Giovanni Battista Riccioli was an Italian astronomer and Catholic priest born in 1598. He extensively studied the moon. He was also among the first to note that he believed the moon to be uninhabited.

In Greek mythology, Selene is the goddess of the moon. This goddess drives her chariot across the heavens every night, and is considered a personification of the moon. This peaceful goddess is considered beautiful with lustrous hair.

Khonsu is the name of the ancient Egyptian god of the moon. Khonsu is known for healing people, and is considered instrumental in the creation of new life, as well as protecting people from wild animals.

Discovered from images taken by Voyager 2 in 1986, Portia is a moon of Uranus named after the heroine of William Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice. This makes this name a great double-whammy of Shakespearean and lunar themed.

Europa orbits Jupiter, and as it is just smaller than our own Earth's moon, it is the sixth-largest moon in our solar system. Europa was discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610, and named after a Phoenician noblewoman from Greek mythology.

Sinus Roris, or the "Bay of Dew," is a feature on the moon, similar to a bay (but without the water). We think that Roris would be adorable shortened to "Rory," and would be perfect for either a boy or a girl.

Better known as "Buzz," Edwin Aldrin is a great American engineer and astronaut who is famous for being the second person to set foot on the moon. While we love "Buzz" as a nickname, Edwin is such an elegant classic.

The Montes Rook is a ring-shaped mountain range that crosses from our side to the far side of the moon. Named for the English astronomer Lawrence Rooke, we think the name is cool for a boy or a girl, and also calls to mind crows and the game of chess.

The Montes Jura is a mountain range on the moon, named after the Jura Mountains here on Earth, in eastern France and crossing over into western Switzerland. We think it would be a great name for a boy or a girl.

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