Does Our Moon Have a Name? If Not, Why Not? and What Should It Be?

@mythociate (15763)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
May 8, 2011 11:32am CST
I don't recall ever hearing our Moon named. But--if it were--I think it would be Lun (loon) or Lunaris or Lunaria. What do you think?
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• Canada
12 May 11
Luna, I believe. Moon is a name, too, as similar things that orbit other planets are satellites. They are only called "moons" colloquially, as many people call all facial tissue "Kleenex" even though that is a brand name and does not apply to all facial tissue. The moon has been called Diana by the Greeks and Isis by the Egyptians, and another culture (Babylonians, maybe?) called it Ishtar, I think. All goddesses' names.
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@mythociate (15763)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
16 May 11
Yeah, next time I see the full moon out, I'll tell myself, "Yep, it's a Full Rebecca Scarlett tonight!" (especially if it's one o` those red ones)
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• Canada
17 May 11
Lol. I don't think my name does the moon justice...
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@mythociate (15763)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
17 May 11
And I don't think the name 'goddess' does you justice, so ... there!
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
9 May 11
I think the Luna's have it! I have heard it called Luna (that's where they got the lunar module from). I don't remember much about it, but it was quite interesting.
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@mythociate (15763)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
9 May 11
I think it's from the name of some Goddess, but we'll have to Search the Web & find out!
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@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
9 May 11
It actually does have a name. It's called Luna isn't it? Other planets' moons have names as well. I remember back n 4th grade, we had a contest to name all the moons and their planets in our solar system. Check this website out for the moon names and their planets: http://www.go-astronomy.com/planets/planet-moons.htm
• United States
8 May 11
In Spanish it is called La Luna - The moon. I don't see it anything but that so not sure what to call it outside of The Moon. There is an joke we use to hear when I was little, and the elders would say Look the moon look at the sun, grab me that cheese. While referring to older men bald heads, so maybe we can call it cheese.
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• Kochi, India
23 Jun 12
Luna is the Latin name of moon.All the moons of other planets have specific names,you know like Phobos,Deimos,Miranda,Europa,Triton etc.We call earth's moon Moon.I have heard that even Pluto got 3 moons,but earth has only one.Mercury and Venus don't have any moon,may be the no of Moons depend on both proximity to sun and size of planet. We just have call one Moon, MOON.All the other moons were discovered long after our moon.