Rainbow Baby Names for Boys and Girls

Julie Kirk
Baby hand with colors of the rainbow

A rainbow baby is a little one born after the loss of a baby to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. The rainbow signifies the beauty and hope that follows the storm. Typically when naming your baby, you want there to be a special meaning behind the name, and this is especially true for a rainbow baby.

Naming Your Rainbow Baby

Since rainbows are rare and beautiful occurrences, there are different approaches you can take when naming a rainbow baby. This list of girls' and boys' names can also include some form of the name listed or using it as a middle name as well.

Happiness and Joy

These names indicate the happiness and overwhelming joy of the pregnancy.

Girls

  • Aida - happy
  • Alisa - great happiness
  • Annabella - joy
  • Beatrice, Bea, Beatrix, Trixie - she who bring joy and happiness
  • Bliss - extreme joy and happiness
  • Felicity - happy
  • Joy, Jovie, Joyce - joyful
  • Luana - happy
  • Maeve - great joy

Boys

  • Asher - happy or fortunate
  • Felix - happy
  • Gil - happiness
  • Isaac - laughter and joy
  • Tate - happy
  • Winston - joy

Hope, Faith and Light

These names exude the hope, faith, and light of the pregnancy and the arrival of the baby.

Girls

  • Aurora - light/dawn
  • Danika - light
  • Ellie - shining light
  • Faith - faith
  • Hope - hope
  • Imani - faith
  • Laelynn - flower of hope
  • Minette - faithful defender
  • Nadia - hopeful
  • Suki/Saki - blossom and hope
  • Violet - faith

Boys

  • Amil - hope
  • Dillon - ray of hope
  • Kit - hope
  • Lucas/Luke/Lucian - light
  • Truman - faithful one
  • Von - hope

Blessings, Grace, Miracle, Gift From God

These names are how you actually feel about your impending arrival.

Girls

  • Annelise - full of grace
  • Genevieve - blessing
  • Grace/Graziella - blessing
  • Micaela - gift from God
  • Mikelle, Mirielle - miracle
  • Mira/Miracle - miracle
  • Nessa - miracle

Boys

  • Aaron - miracle
  • Bennett/Benedict/Ben - blessed
  • Ethan - gift
  • Jesse - gift
  • Karsten - blessed
  • Matthew - gift from God
  • Micah - gift from God
  • Milagro - miracle
  • Nathanial - gift from God
  • Theodore - gift
  • Zane - gift

Thankful for or Wished For

These names show how grateful you are for your little one.

Girls

  • Gianna - thankful
  • Jayden - thankful for
  • Mia or Mila - wished for

Boys

  • Gianni - thankful
  • Saul - wished for and desired
  • Samuel - God has heard
  • Simon - God has heard

Beloved, Dear, Precious, Priceless

These names describe what your baby means to you.

Girls

  • Aimee/Amy - beloved
  • Carina - dear one
  • Maisie - pearl
  • Nina - priceless
  • Pearl - precious (or any precious gem stone)
  • Priya - beloved

Boys

  • Anthony - priceless
  • Darrell - beloved
  • David/Davis - beloved
  • Jasper - precious
  • Tristan/Tris - beloved

Life and Strength

These baby names demonstrate the overall life and strength of the expected baby.

Girls

  • Avita - life
  • Bree/Briana - strength
  • Bridget - strength
  • Evie - life
  • Kayleigh - keeper of keys, pure
  • Matilda - power
  • Raine - strength
  • Trudy - universal strength
  • Vida - life

Boys

  • Bernard - strong as bear
  • Duke - leader
  • Emory - leader
  • Everett - strength
  • Guy - warrior
  • Joshua - leader
  • Liam - strong-will warrior
  • Oscar - divine strength
  • Remo - strength
  • Wyatt - little warrior

Additional Name Ideas for Rainbow Babies

The following unique names are suggestions that include some actual colors of a rainbow, flowers that grow from the rain, and even characters associated with the movie that "starred" a rainbow, The Wizard of Oz.

Girls

  • Violet - purple
  • Indigo - blue
  • Olive - green
  • Hazel - green
  • Lily - flower
  • Jasmine - flower
  • Rose - flower
  • Iris - flower and means rainbow (Greek)
  • Poppy - flower and Wizard of Oz related
  • Dorothy - means gift from God and Wizard of Oz related
  • Glinda - means good as in the good witch in the Wizard of Oz

Boys

These powerful rainbow baby boy names should also be mentioned:

  • Gabriel - hero of God
  • Beau - beautiful and for rain'bow'
  • Maximillian - greatest
  • Noah - long-lived
  • Raphael - God has healed

The Big Decision

As parents, the reason behind the name you choose for your rainbow baby is personal. You may decide to share this information with family and friends or keep it private. Either way you handle it is completely acceptable. If you are having trouble deciding on a name, you can be reassured that when the right name does come along, your gut will tell you. You will sense instinctually which name feels right. It is only then you will know what name will be the most fitting for your rainbow baby.

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Rainbow Baby Names for Boys and Girls