Hi my partner and I have recently discovered the name Lumina. While we like it and maybe even love the name we would like to know more about it before we bestow it on a future daughter. It might be better as a pet name. 

So what we would like to know...

Is it a name with history?

Is there any real life people who is called Lumina that you know of?

Where does the name originate from? 

In which Countries is the name Lumina used?

Do you think the name Lumina is better as a first or middle name or should we not use it at all?

Thanks for all your help.




July 17, 2017 10:09 AM

I don't know anything about the origins, but I know of a few movie theatres called Lumina Theatres. That's really the only connection/association I have with this name. I've never met anyone named Lumina.

July 17, 2017 12:36 PM

The only Lumina I know of is the Chevy Lumina.

July 17, 2017 3:13 PM

I usually don't like to post a negative view of a name, but Lumina sounds like a brand name to me. I think first of Chevy Lumina cars, but even beyond that I know of a brand Illumina too, so it doesn't read as child's name to me.

July 17, 2017 4:44 PM

I don't think I've ever come across Lumina before.  Behind the Name has some limited information on its etymology:  It feels very "wordy" to me.  Light isn't a bad association, but it's a very strong one.  I agree with the comment that it feels more like the name of a company or product than a person.

July 17, 2017 5:03 PM

not really keen on it,  dont know of anyone with the name

another website says Spanish variation of Lumière.


so its meaning related to light


By EVie
July 18, 2017 12:41 PM

Lumina is literally "lights" in Latin, the nominative plural of lumen. It also has several figurative poetic meanings, including "daylight," "the eyes," "brightness" or "the light of life."

It also would fit well on that science name list we had going awhile back, as it's also a plural for the scientific usage of lumen (though I think lumens is more common).

I actually really like it. I'm a big fan of creative naming that is based on a thoughtful and appropriate adaptation of real languages (as opposed to smooshing together random pretty sounds or randomly changing spellings). I also would heartily approve of Lumen as either a boy's name or a more modern-sounding girl's, or even a cool choice for a non-binary or intersex person (the Latin noun is neuter, so anything goes). 

ETA: It occurred to me that I'm not sure how everyone is pronouncing it, so for the record, it's LOO-mi-nuh.

July 18, 2017 2:08 PM

My strongest association is also the car, but I don't think that would necessarily be a problem in the UK. I like it in the abstract, for most of the reasons EVie mentions, but it does still sound very...corporate...or product-y, me. A quick Google turns up several uses of the name, including religious websites and initiatives, tech companies and products, some apartments, and a video game character. Nothing that's a huge red-flag, just things to be aware of.