Holly Madison Defends her Baby’s Colorful Name

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Holly Madison has been vocal about how excited she was to have her baby girl enter into the world and even spent countless hours designing and painting an Alice in Wonderland and Disney Themed nursery for her daughter. The whimsical room has elements from some of her favorite Disney movies and flowers painted to look like the ones featured in Alice and Wonderland. Therefore, it is fitting for a little girl who will sleep in a bedroom dedicated to one of the oddest children’s movies around to have an unusual name.

Holly Madison has announced that she named her baby girl Rainbow Aurora Rotella. After receiving a large amount of backlash for her “odd” name choice, she took to her personal blog to defend her daughter’s name saying, “I have always loved the name Rainbow. There was a girl in my school a few years younger than me named Rainbow and I was so envious of her name because it was so pretty and unusual. 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.”

“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.”

While I would not name my own child Rainbow and personally find it a little odd, I do not get all of the backlash she is getting. Picking out a name for my children was one of the most treasured things I did as a parent. Each of my children has names that mean something personally to our family and they are held dear to my heart. I think it is great that she plans to teach her daughter to stand up for herself and if in the end her daughter hates the name she was given she can always change it. While some people think that our names define us, I do not think that is the case. Teaching our children, especially our daughters, who can grow up thinking that their self-worth lays in what others think of them, that they can be the person they want to despite what the outside world perceives of them and give them the confidence to face the world head on is an extremely valuable lesson. In fact, I think that if little Rainbow does come home one day sad about people making fun of her name it will present the perfect opportunity to point out that other people can be mean, but that doesn’t mean that we have to let their opinions of us color our own views.

Do you think your child will grow up loving or hating their name?

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Holly Madison Defends her Baby’s Colorful Name

Heather Montgomery is a freelance writer with a background in Elementary Education and an almost embarrassing need to read celebrity gossip. As a work-at-home mom to three children, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She was married in 2003 and currently resides in Florida. ... More

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  1. Amanda says:

    I’m a fan of old names, something they won’t be embarrassed by in 30 years…like Adeline and Sean

  2. I want my child to love his name because I do, but if he doesn’t like it he can change it when he’s of age. I personally didn’t like my name as a child and am still not particularly fond of it, but that’s what nicknames are for. Your name isn’t everything.

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