What are some names for the earth's moon? Why are there several different names for the moon?

1 Answer
Sep 6, 2015

The official name is the Moon.


That's the name that’s been approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the international body that names anything outside of Earth’s atmosphere.


Its many other names arise because of differences in language and culture.

The Greeks called the moon "Selene". The Romans called it "Luna".

Arabic calls the Moon "Merenda". Malay calls it "Bulan". A Chinese name is Chang'e.

The list goes on.