Holly Madison Defends Her Baby Name ‘Rainbow’ & The Whole Unique Name Trend In General

Holly MadisonAs we all know by now, Holly Madison just gave birth to a perfectly little adorable girl and named her Rainbow Aurora. The choice gained some serious snark from the interwebs, as yoonique names tend to do. Our own Editor In Chief Koa Beck is already trying to work out some nicknames for the infant. I’d like to throw a simple “Ray” into the ring as a contender for that, by the way. But Madison isn’t taking the critique of her baby name quietly.

Madison took to her blog to defend the name and even offer some support for the whole unique and unusual name trend in general. She reiterated the story People already shared about knowing a girl in school with the name Rainbow and always loving it, adding, “She was a perfectly normal, well-adjusted, sporty girl, by the way, so I’m not worried about my daughter being “traumatized” by having an unusual name.”

Heads up Holly, naming your child after someone does not mean that she will turn into that person. So you can’t really know that she’ll deal with an unusual name in the same way. But Madison goes on to explain why she has no problem with unique names. Basically, a little teasing might build character.

There are a lot of smug haters out there who bag on my choice of a name, but I don’t care about what they think. I want my daughter to be proud of who she is and learn to speak up and stand up for herself at a young age. I spent most of my life being a people-pleaser who worried about what other people thought or thought was cool and I don’t want that for her.

Honestly, I think Holly’s goal is admirable. I don’t know that she needed to instill a “me-against-the-world” spirit in her daughter right from the baby name. I think there’s time to teach your child to be confident and secure in her own skin over the next decade.

That being said, I really just appreciate that Holly is standing up for her choice. Baby names are such a personal decision and celebrities have to deal with a whole lot of people getting sarcastic about a very emotional thing. Tons of moms struggle to find the perfect baby name. And we would be furious if some extended relative or partner’s friend made a joke about our choice. It has to be hard for celeb moms.

Holly Madison’s baby name isn’t the most ridiculous thing ever. It wouldn’t be my first choice. But I say good for Holly for defending her choice and for having faith that her daughter will handle a name that some might have some snark for.

(Photo: Judy Eddy/WENN.com)

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  • Blueathena623

    In her defense, out of all the things the daughter of holly Madison will be teased about, I bet her name won’t rank high on the list.

  • Lawcat

    “And we would be furious if some extended relative or partner’s friend made a joke about our choice.”

    No, YOU may be furious. Some other people might be furious. Some may not care. Some may be devestated. Some may laugh it off. Some may secretly fume. Some may make passive aggressive comments back. WE all act differently to situations.

  • http://www.whatwouldshethink.com/ Rachelle

    Soleil Moon Frye. ‘Nuff said.

  • Amanda

    I hate the whole unique/uncommon baby name trend right now, everyone is just trying way too hard. All of these ‘uncommon’ names are going to end up being everywhere in about 10 years. I can’t even tell you how many Aiden/Jayden/Kaiden/Brayden/whateverthefuck’s I know who’s moms thought they were being unique.

    I swear, I’m going to name my kid Bob because when I (plan) to have children in about 7 years it’ll be the most uncommon name on earth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alice.longworth.7 Alice Longworth

    If she thinks that it is fine (even good) for her kid to deal with some teasing then it should be fine (and good) for her to deal with some snark.

  • Asha

    I have a very unique name. I was born in the 70′s and my parents didn’t like to conform to society back then, hence the different lifestyle and there was no way in hell they were going to name their daughters Ann or Jennifer. My aunt and some of their friends thought the same way and a lot of my childhood friends, my sister and cousins had unique names as well. At one point, we were all in the same middle school. Not one of us was made fun of. There were also a few others that had unique names and they weren’t made fun of either. I don’t know why people think that a unique name is going to traumatize someone having it. Do you judge people by the color of their skin or do you get to know them and decide that you really like that person and it doesn’t matter what their skin color is? Same thing with a name. MOST people don’t judge.

    • Makabit

      I was a 70s baby as well, and I went to school with kids named Lichen, Shenandoah, Earth, Liberty, Paisley, Geronimo, Essence, Zephyr, and yes, a Rainbow. We’re all grown-ups now, and I don’t think anyone changed their name to John or Anne.

      I see a lot of handwringing on the Internet about how giving a child pretty much any name that’s not a standard, conventionally spelled, Anglo classic is going to lead to trouble ranging from playground teasing to the kid becoming a stripper to, oh God, having to spell it over the phone a lot. I don’t quite get it.