Not quite five years ago (on February 5, 2009) actress Constance Marie and her boyfriend Kent Katich announced the birth of Luna Marie. Luna means “moon” and has the flavor of “moon madness” which might refer to the love and passion it takes to bring a new baby into the world. It was a poignant story and a significant celebrity birth announcement, because it called the name Luna to the attention of people (celebrities) who are well known for being well known.
On July 15, actress Uma Thurman and her boyfriend Arpad Busson announced what Entertainment Weekly called “the greatest celebrity baby name of all time”: Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson. Then on January 14, Thurman appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” to explain why she gave the baby 5 names and why she decided to call the baby Luna, instead of any of those 5 names. She said, “We couldn’t agree about the name, so I decided to call her Luna.”
Luna Encinas Cruz was born on the same day (July 22, 23013) that William and Kate announced the birth of (yawn) Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. Parents Penelope Cruz and boyfriend Javier Bardem kept the birth of their daughter as private as the birth of Prince George had been public. I almost forgot to mention that Luna Encinas was voted one of the five best-loved celebrity baby names of 2013 (in Great Britain).
In my humble opinion, Luna is the most noteworthy celebrity baby name of the year–and not just in the U.S. Cruz, del Toro, and Thurman, are known throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe.