Please vote - classy and elegant name for a girl

Finally narrowed down the list but can't decide on which one. I like traditional classics and want it to be elegant and intelligent. Here are the candidates so far. Feel free to suggest if you have better ideas. Thank you!

Moon is the last name in case you're wondering if that's a middle name.

Elizabeth Moon

Diana Moon

Catherine Moon

Katherine Moon


July 19, 2017 11:06 PM

Diana is the goddess of the moon. A plus or a minus?

July 19, 2017 11:24 PM

Oh good point. That's probably a bit too much.

July 19, 2017 11:22 PM

I love the name Katherine Moon, my second favorite is Elizabeth :)

July 20, 2017 1:07 AM

Diana is by far and away my favorite, but not paired with Moon -- too goddessy!  I'm not crazy about most of what people call 'timeless classics', they tend to make me yawn.  I think the spelling Catherine is more classic though, very Wuthering Heights!  Among the timeless classics names I do like, huge fan of Laura, Mary, Lydia, Melanie, Bianca, Idella.

July 20, 2017 6:39 AM

I agree with everything cm2530 said, except that I think Mary and Melanie are also too much with Moon! Bianca Moon, while lovely, also seems a bit descriptive.

I'm a big hater of Elizabeth, but I do think Eliza could be lovely. Names that I consider classic and elegant that have a bit of a Diana vibe without actually being the goddess of the moon include: Daphne, Julia or Juliet, Elena, Iris and Lucia.

July 20, 2017 11:00 AM

There is an SF author named Elizabeth Moon; I really love some of her works, so that's a positive association for me. It's a pretty obscure association (it's not like naming your kid Isaac Asimov or Robin Hobb) but you might want to check out her works if you are seriously considering that name.

I generally prefer Katherine to Catherine, but both are lovely.

I agree that Diana Moon is a bit too on-the-nose. Any interest in Diantha? Similar sound, but totally different derivation.

The juxtaposition of a Catherine-with-a-C or Katherine-with-a-K issue and the name Diana makes me think of Anne of Green Gables, which makes me also want to suggest Cordelia or Anne for you :).

Good luck--I think you'll land on a lovely name, whatever you choose.

By EVie
July 20, 2017 11:46 AM

Ditto. I would probably not do Elizabeth Moon for that reason. Nothing against the author (I actually haven't read her work, though she's been on my list for ages), but I feel that if I had a super distinctive name, I would want it to be fully my own. It's one thing to share a common name--you expect it--but sharing a distinctive name somehow cheapens it for me.

I absolutely adore Catherine Moon. Agree about Diana Moon being too much of a good thing, but I love the suggestion of Diantha (or Dianthe). 

July 20, 2017 2:22 PM

This. Go with Elizabeth Moon if you really love it, but just be aware that you will gain street cred in certain sci fi circles (a plus, in my mind!).

July 20, 2017 12:51 PM

Thanks everyone for your feedback! I agree that Diana paired with Moon is too goddessy-- something that didn't cross my mind. So glad that I asked. That'll be off the list.

The juxtaposition of C or K for Catherine/Katherine is also something that I'm torn. While both roll off the tongue nicely and sound wholesome, I like how Catherine looks softer, but am not sure how I feel about Cathy as a nn, as that will likely come up. Cate is a bit too advanced for me.

Katherine feels a bit more spunky and modern. I do like Kate as a nn but it seems there are a lot of Katherine's.

July 20, 2017 1:46 PM

Prince William's wife is Catherine, with a C, but her nickname is Kate, with a K. This used to be a totally standard thing; it's only in the last few decades that people have started believing the misinformation that a nickname's spelling must be contained in its entirety in the full name.

By EVie
July 20, 2017 2:12 PM

I agree with this, but I'll also add that I've known a few Cates, and it seems to work ok for them (one was always Catherine as a child, but chose to go by Cate as an adult). I'll also throw out Cat as a very intuitive Catherine nickname (I like Katherine as well, but I LOVE the C spelling). 

July 22, 2017 1:49 PM

Had I known this fact in 2008 I would have named my daughter Catherine as we went with Katharine because I didn't care for the look of Cate and much prefered Kate even though her namesake (my mom) is Catherine. 


Also wanted to add that we use Kat a lot and even Kitty some and she mostly uses her fullname (and even finally Kate at school and soccer) so there are a lot of nickname options other that Cathy.

July 21, 2017 9:44 PM

I really like Elizabeth Moon, I think it is cute and like Libby, Eliza and Ellie as nicknames. Below are some other possible options. 

Adelaide, Abigail,  Amelia, Alicia, Alana, Beatrix, Bethany, Charlotte, Camille, Celia, Claudia, Coralie, Eliza, Eleanor, Edith, Emily, Eloide, Evangeline, Felicity, Hailey, Hannah, Hazel, Greta, Gloria, Georgette, Geneva, Isabelle, Juliet, Joyce, Jane, Jillian, Josephine, Kathleen, Kendall, Lavinia, Loretta, Lauren, Lillian, Lorraine, Lenore, Louisa, Natalie, Nicole,  Odette, Quinn, Rosalie, Roxanne, Rebecca, Sienna, Samantha, Sofia, Sylvia, Susanna, Sarah, Theresa, Vivian, Vanessa, Veronica, Victoria, Valerie, Viola, Violet, Whitney, Zara

July 22, 2017 1:41 PM

When I read your post title I immediately thought of C/Katherine!  Sort of crazy given all the names that could be described as classy and elegant.  I love both the C and K spellings - my mom's name uses a C and we went with K for my daughter.  

August 1, 2017 6:37 PM

Out of all the choices, Katherine is my favorite. You could combine options and have her full name be Katherine Elizabeth Moon. A very royal and elegant name.