Around the world, in different languages, different things have different names – which just makes sense.

(Except for “taxi.” Apparently, “taxi” means about the same thing in just about every language.)

For us, one of the most interesting lists we’ve compiled (and you know how much we love lists) is all of the names for our Moon there are around our world. I mean, we have countless cultures on our planet, but we collectively only have one Moon – or Mặt trăng, or Kuu, or Φεγγάρι, depending on where you’re from!

Here is a list of names for the Moon in various languages and cultures around the world that we have put together (so far):

  1. English: Moon
  2. Spanish: Luna
  3. French: Lune
  4. German: Mond
  5. Italian: Luna
  6. Portuguese: Lua
  7. Dutch: Maan
  8. Swedish: Måne
  9. Norwegian: Måne
  10. Danish: Måne
  11. Finnish: Kuu
  12. Russian: Луна (Luna)
  13. Polish: Księżyc
  14. Czech: Měsíc
  15. Slovak: Mesiac
  16. Hungarian: Hold
  17. Romanian: Lună
  18. Greek: Φεγγάρι (Feggari)
  19. Turkish: Ay
  20. Arabic: القمر (Alqamar)
  21. Hebrew: ירח (Yare’ach)
  22. Persian: ماه (Mah)
  23. Hindi: चंद्रमा (Chandrama)
  24. Bengali: চাঁদ (Chand)
  25. Japanese: 月 (Tsuki)
  26. Chinese: 月亮 (Yuèliàng)
  27. Korean: 달 (Dal)
  28. Vietnamese: Mặt trăng
  29. Thai: จันทร์ (Chan)
  30. Indonesian: Bulan
  31. Kashmiri: Zoon
  32. Swahili: Mwezi
  33. Klingon: maS
  34. Latvian: Mēness

By the way, the list is in no particular order. We jotted down the first few that we knew, and our readers provided the rest. The next one we get will be added to the bottom of the list.

In addition to these, there are many cultural and historical names for the Moon, its deities, gods and goddesses, including:

  1. Selene (Greek mythology)
  2. Diana (Roman mythology)
  3. Artemis (Greek mythology)
  4. Sin (Mesopotamian mythology)
  5. Chandra (Hindu mythology)
  6. Ix Chel (Mayan mythology)
  7. Heng-o (Chinese mythology)
  8. Mani (Norse mythology)
  9. Mėnuo (Lithuanian mythology)

Are there any others? Let us know!

Astronaut Pushing The Moon (Lunar Crater Image)
The Moon and the Milky Way (Image)
Depending on where you are on Earth, and which language you speak, the Moon probably has a different name!

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