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  • 140 Rainbow Baby Names That Capture Love, Faith, and Strength

    Popular picks for rainbow baby names reflect positive energy, gratitude, and love.
    by Rachel Perez .
140 Rainbow Baby Names That Capture Love, Faith, and Strength
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  • Losing a baby can be devastating. It doesn't matter if you lost the heartbeat at 10 weeks or had a stillbirth at 20 weeks. Once is enough for a woman or couple to break down, what more for women who have had to endure more than one pregnancy loss. No matter the circumstance, losing a baby can cause feelings of doubt, guilt, and immeasurable grief. There is also guilt that make moms-to-be wonder if they did anything wrong. No one knows what causes a miscarriage.

    To be expecting again after a pregnancy loss brings a mix of emotions, and perhaps that is why the child is called a “rainbow baby.” Bringing a child into this world after losing one doesn’t erase the grief entirely or allow you to forget the baby you lost. But a rainbow baby's name carries all the positive energy, gratitude, and unconditional love parents have for their child and the baby they lost.

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    140 rainbow baby names you may want to consider 

    Parents put a lot of thought into their child’s name. They can choose to name their baby after a grandparent, a significant person in their life or inspired by honeymoons or couple travels to Japan, Korea, and more. But when it’s a rainbow baby, his or her name will have ties to the past, present and future. 

    Parents often use the name of their baby to reflect or represent their whole journey to parenthood, including all the struggles and challenges they had to endure and overcome to ensure their child is safe and healthy after experiencing a previous miscarriage. Prayer and faith are another two things that are constant in their daily decision-making.

    And so, expecting parents of rainbow babies gravitate towards names that mean hope or light, happiness, blessed, a gift, and miracle. Some opt for names that capture their hopes for their rainbow baby or the values they want to instill and pray their child will live by them when he becomes a grown-up.

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    Aaron

    Meaning: mountain of strength; exalted; enlightened

    Abigail

    Meaning: Father’s joy

    Adom

    Meaning: God’s blessing; help of God

    Aiko

    Meaning: beloved child

    Aisling

    Meaning: dream, vision

    Aksha

    Meaning: God’s blessing

    Alisa

    Meaning: noble one

    Allegra

    Meaning: happy, lively

    Amari

    Meaning: strength

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    Amal

    Meaning: hope, aspiration

    Amy/Aimee

    Meaning: beloved or dearly loved

    Anastasia

    Meaning: resurrection or rebirth

    Anisa

    Meaning: grace, favor

    Angela

    Meaning: angel; messenger of God

    Anouk

    Meaning: grace

    Anthony

    Meaning: priceless; of inestimable worth

    Anwil

    Meaning Beloved

    Arnan

    Meaning: joyful

    Arman

    Meaning: wish, desire, longing; God’s man

    Asha

    Meaning: wish, desire, hope; life

    Asher

    Meaning: happy; fortunate

    Astrid

    Meaning: godly strength; divine strength and beauty

    Atlas

    Meaning: to carry; enduring

    Aurora

    Meaning: light/dawn

    Avita

    Meaning: life

    Aveline

    Meaning: wished for; longed for child

    Ayah

    Meaning: miracle; a sign from God

    Barack

    Meaning: blessed

    Beatrice

    Meaning: she who brings joy and happiness

    Bennett/Benedict

    Meaning: Blessed

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    Bertram

    Meaning: bright raven

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    Bliss

    Meaning: extreme joy and happiness

    Briana/Bree

    Meaning: power, strength, vigor and virtue

    Blythe

    Meaning: happy, carefree

    Caryl/Carys

    Meaning: love

    Celia

    Meaning: heavenly

    Cher

    Meaning: beloved

    Claire

    Meaning: bright or clear

    Cleo

    Meaning: glory

    Danica

    Meaning: morning star

    Darrell

    Meaning: dear one, beloved

    Davinia

    Meaning: beloved; friend

    Dillon

    Meaning: ray of hope

    Deene

    Meaning: true faith

    Dominic

    Meaning: of the Lord

    Dorothea

    Meaning: gift from God

    Elaine

    Meaning: sun ray, shining light

    Enfys

    Meaning: rainbow

    Esme

    Meaning: beloved, esteemed

    Esperanza

    Meaning: hope

    Ethan

    Meaning: gift; enduring and strong

    Evangeline

    Meaning: Bringer of good news

    Evanna

    Meaning: God is gracious

    Evie

    Meaning: Life

    Faith

    Meaning: faith

    Farrah

    Meaning: happiness

    Felicity

    Meaning: happiness, contentment

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    Felix

    Meaning:lucky, success, happy, excellent and fortunate

    Gabriel

    Meaning: God is my strength; devoted to God; to live or to breathe

    Genevieve

    Meaning: God’s Blessing

    Gerard

    Meaning: brave; gift from God, of incredible beauty; blessing; miraculous

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    Gia

    Meaning: gift from God; blessing; hope of the Lord

    Gianna

    Meaning: thankful; God is gracious

    Gwyneth

    Meaning: happiness

    Harika

    Meaning: beautiful

    Helena

    Meaning: bright light

    Hope

    Meaning: Hope

    Imani

    Meaning: faith; strong and elegant

    Imena

    Meaning: dream

    Iridiana

    Meaning: rainbow

    Iris

    Meaning: rainbow

    Isaac

    Meaning: Cheerful; laughter

    Iva

    Meaning: gift from God

    Jalus

    Meaning: rainbow baby

    Jasper

    Meaning: bringer of treasure

    Jesse

    Meaning: gift

    Kaemon

    Meaning: joyful

    Kai

    Meaning: triumph; happy

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    Karishma

    Meaning: miracle

    Keisha

    Meaning: great joy; favorite

    Kershet

    Meaning: rainbow

    Kibou

    Meaning: filled with hope

    Kit

    Meaning: hope and carrier of Christ

    Kiran

    Meaning: beam of light

    Latisha/Letitia

    Meaning: joy, happiness; gladness

    Leda

    Meaning: happy

    Luana

    Meaning: graceful warrior

    Lucy/Lucia/Luke/Lucas

    Meaning: light

    Maeve

    Meaning: great joy; she who intoxicates

    Maite

    Meaning: love

    Matthew

    Meaning: gift from God

    Meyer

    Meaning: bright one, shining

    Mehr

    Meaning: a blessing from God

    Mia/Mila

    Meaning: wished-for child

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    Micaela/Micah

    Meaning: gift from God

    Mira/Mireya/Milagros

    Meaning: miracle

    Mirielle

    Meaning: wonderful; peace; prosperous; miraculous; to admire

    Nadia/Nadine

    Meaning: hopeful or hope

    Nathaniel

    Meaning: gift from God

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    Navashen

    Meaning: one who brings hope

    Nina

    Meaning: priceless

    Nessa

    Meaning: miracle; pure, holy

    Noelani

    Meaning: heavenly mist

    Nyassa

    Meaning: new beginning; goal

    Oscar

    Meaning: divine strength

    Phoebe

    Meaning: bright or shining one

    Phoenix

    Meaning: bright red; the mythical bird that rises from its own ashes

    Priya

    Meaning: beloved, loveable

    Rainbow

    Meaning: rainbow

    Raine

    Meaning: strength; queen

    Raphael

    Meaning: God has healed

    Ravi

    Meaning: sunlight

    Reva

    Meaning: star

    Reve

    Meaning: dream

    Sachi

    Meaning: child of bliss

    Saul

    Meaning: longed for

    Suki/Saki

    Meaning: blossom, hope

    Shauna

    Meaning: God is gracious

    Shay

    Meaning: gift

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    Sheber

    Meaning: hope

    Sinead

    Meaning: gift from God

    Talia

    Meaning: dew from heaven

    Thaddeus

    Meaning: heart; gift of God; thanks

    Thalia

    Meaning: to flourish or bloom

    Theo/Thea

    Meaning: God’s gift

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    Taraji

    Meaning: Hopeful

    Tristan

    Meaning: Beloved

    Valarie/Valerie

    Meaning: Strong

    Vera

    Meaning: faith

    Vida

    Meaning: Life

    Violet

    Meaning: faith

    Von

    Meaning: hope

    Walken

    Meaning: Rainbow

    Wilona

    Meaning: hoped for

    Winston

    Meaning: joyful

    Whelon

    Meaning: joyful

    Zane

    Meaning: God is gracious

    Zeke

    Meaning: may God strengthen

    Zia

    Meaning: light; splendor

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