Baby name help for a complex name!

Hey there! So I’m pretty set on the names I want baby wise, I’ve been able to come up with a list of the names I really like and that’s crazy because the names I like are very specific! I like word names, for one, and secondly I like compound word names which is basically two words that make into one...ex: primrose, evergreen, Marigold, ultraviolet, etc also 

(by the way only looking for girl names but that doesn’t mean girly per se )

the issue is that I really like Luna since I’m in love with space names and I really want to add another word to Luna to make it a compound word that still sounds nice like _luna or luna_ 

its pretty specific but I don’t want to give up on it because it’s so pretty but I can’t just stick with Luna by itself since I don’t like short names haha

thank you in advance !


December 2, 2017 2:29 PM

Bella Luna means beautiful moon in Italian, and that could work as a double-barreled name.

December 2, 2017 2:59 PM

There's a children's book Stellaluna, which could be lovely.  The main character is a bat though.

December 2, 2017 6:17 PM

This is the first name I thought of too! I loved that book as a kid. 

December 2, 2017 5:04 PM

Not really a compound name, but Clair de Lune (like the Debussy composition) sounds gorgeous in my opinion.

December 3, 2017 11:39 AM

You could make something up, like Lunabelle or Lunabeth. 

By EVie
December 3, 2017 1:28 PM

In Italian, Mezzaluna means half-moon, and Lunaria means moonstone. I particularly like Lunaria, because it also sounds like Luna + Aria, a name which I also really like and has a lovely meaning. 

In Latin, Lunaris is the adjecting form meaning "of or pertaining to the moon." Novilunium means "new moon," and if you want a form that ends in -a, Novilunia is the plural, "new moons." I suppose you could also do that as a mashup of Nova + Luna, Novaluna. 

December 4, 2017 5:57 AM

I also immediately jumped to Stellaluna, Novaluna or even Claraluna as a take on Claire de Lune.

December 6, 2017 2:48 PM

Luna is a beautiful name! I think if you pair it with a single-syllable name, it would help keep emphasis on the "Luna" part, such as Lunabelle (meaning:beautiful moon) or Lunalou (meaning: Moon Warrior). However, if you are still craving a rush of syllables bouncing lyrically off your tongue (and honestly, who doesn't?), Emmeluna has a nice ring to it. 

December 7, 2017 10:38 AM

This wins for the best description of name nerdery I've heard in a while: However, if you are still craving a rush of syllables bouncing lyrically off your tongue (and honestly, who doesn't?)

By mk
December 6, 2017 3:13 PM

Bella, Mia, Cara, Chiara, lots of Italian adjectives would work. I like having Luna first for the name, regardless of whether it would be the correct order in Italian, but it's up to you.

December 7, 2017 5:04 AM

I don't know much Italian, and the dictionary does confirm that "cara" means dear as in darling, but given that it also means dear as in "expensive", I might steer clear of that particular combination.

By mk
December 8, 2017 1:54 PM

True, it is like the English word 'dear'. However, the name Cara is used among English speakers, so I think the context would be understood by people who know both definitions.

It's probably my least favorite of those combintions, though.

December 6, 2017 3:24 PM

Lunette, like little moon. It has been on my list because I like Luna but don't want to end on an a because of my last name.

By EVie
December 6, 2017 7:36 PM

Lunette is one of those those names that *sounds* like it should be a name, but it's a good lesson in why you shouldn't just slap -ette or another diminutive ending on another name without researching what it might mean in the relevant language. In this case, most people who took high school-level French should recognize the plural form, "lunettes," as "glasses." Weird, but ultimately harmless. However, the singular form, "lunette," also means "toilet seat."

December 6, 2017 8:16 PM

A quick Google search also reveals that the primary hit for Lunette is a menstrual cup -- no doubt also inspired by the moon connection and I'll bet that the toilet connection is a happy accident. (Where I live, I've only ever heard the much less whimsical term "Siège de toilette", which is less likely to accidentally be used as a name.)

This reminds me of the (very non-apocryphal) name LaTrina, a cautionary tale about prefixes to go along with the suffix issue.

December 6, 2017 9:01 PM

Well, it is a name, usually spelled Lunete in French (Luned in Welsh). Lunete is the handmaid to Laudine, in Chretien's Yvain or the Knight of the Lion.

December 7, 2017 12:44 PM


I like Araluna because it’s long, light, and has a lot of tongue roll to it. It also sounds beautiful and mystic, and it sounds good in every accent that I can make. You could choose to pronounce it [Air•uh•Loon•uh] or [Are•uh•Loon•uh].

In Catalan, it means: see moon (when you separate the Ara and Luna).

I think all the foreign language meanings have something to do with the moon. This can be seen as mystic, naturalistic, or scientific (or all three). All of these are really cool!


I also agree with Lunete, Stellaluna, and Bellaluna.