Holly Madison Explains 'Weird' Baby Name & It All Makes Sense Now

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Holly MadisonThe world has pretty much let former Playboy Playmate Holly Madison know that the baby name she chose for her new little girl is not going to skyrocket to the top of the charts. So now that you're done picking the new mama apart, think you can pause a second and hear why she chose it?

I don't know why people are surprised to hear this, but it turns out Madison and beau Pasquale Rotella put real thought into naming their daughter. Ready to hear the new mom's explanation for naming Rainbow Aurora?

In a post on her blog, Madison struck out the "smug haters" who have attacked her little girl's name. She says it came not from leprechauns or fairy tales but from a kid in her grade school:

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.

Well, when she puts it that way ...

I am not a big fan of "weird" baby names. Call it a personal problem: I grew up with a "normal" name that was butchered badly by schoolyard bullies. I can only imagine how much worse it is for kids whose names aren't in the baby name books.

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But Madison's explanation really made me stop and think. My feelings about names are related to my past experiences. Her feelings about this name are related to her past experiences. Doesn't that put us on equal footing?

Baby names are intensely personal things. And sometimes parents make a mess of them. But Holly Madison's back story for Rainbow Aurora's name is a blatant reminder that most parents are really trying to do the right thing by their kids ... no matter what the rest of us think.

Do you like the name more now that you know where it came from?


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abra819 abra819

Eeehh...can't say i dig it..

dekumama dekumama

I would prefer it reversed. Aurora Rainbow, it's a little better.

Rainbow Kirby

My birth name is Rainbow, and everyday I thank my mother for having the courage to give me a different name. I have never been forgotten and I have been confused with another woman. Was there a little teasing growing up? Yes, but it was Rainbow Brite, and it was playful. I'd rather stand out from the pack, then be one of a thousand "Ashley's".
This is my take:

Rando... Randomlady

In small pacific islands that name is quite common, it's just in a different language Isa is the name. Not short for Isabella.

sunmo... sunmoonandstar

I LOVE the name. Rainbow Aurora and Aurora Rainbow both sound great and I really like both names alone. I would totally name a kid Rainbow, I think more people would make fun of me(I often have rainbow hair and clothing and my kitchen has a rainbow theme, I <3 rainbows) than my kid.

Rosas... RosasMummy

I like Aurora. If we have another little girl were gonna call her Io but my oh doesn't like Aurora, I think they go well together cos they're both kinda cosmic :( dunno about rainbow though

3_gir... 3_girls_86

I like the name.

tuffy... tuffymama

I like it. Not for my child, but I like it. But anyway, doesn't Holly look like she would be a cute Kindergarten teacher?

grnsm... grnsmomma

I would never name my child that but that's just my opinion.  Parents should really think about the long term effects of a name.  My husband had a horrible name and he legally changed it as soon as he could but he was right, professionally people had a hard time taking him seriously. 

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