The name comes directly from the Latin word for moon, and it was the name of a Roman goddess, the counterpart to the Greek goddess, Selene.
Luna had a temple dedicated to her on the Aventine Hill in Rome in the 6th-century BCE. Including another temple dedicated to her on the Palatine Hill, Luna Noctiluca, (luna that shines by night).
Luna, as a word, has transferred over into other languages, it is the Spanish, Romanian, Italian, Bulgarian and Russian word for moon.
The name has become increasingly popular across Europe, in recent years. In 2009, she was the 43rd most popular female name in France, add the trendier phonetic French spelling of Louna, and she would probably rank even higher. Her rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 12 (Belgium, 2006)
- # 31 (Netherlands, 2010)
- # 45 (Denmark, 2010)
- # 65 (Croatia, 2010)
- # 86 (Slovenia, 2010)
- # 86 (Spain, 2010)
- # 343 (United States, 2010)
She is rising occasionally used in Bosnia, Germany, Poland and in Italy.
There is also the French, Lune (literally, the French word for moon), which is also becoming more prevalent in France, and the Dutch corruption is Loena, (a phonetic Dutch spelling to reflect the true Latin pronunciation).
In France, its designated name-day is August 4th.