Having a rainbow baby brings with it an immeasurable amount of emotion. For those who aren't familiar, a rainbow baby is an infant who's born after the loss of a previous baby due to primarily miscarriage or stillbirth. Because miscarriage is the most common type of pregnancy loss, there are several moms who know what it means to have a rainbow baby. And often rainbow baby names become a very significant part of the pregnancy journey and newborn life after loss.
Because a rainbow baby brings such a mixture of feelings, many moms will admit they're not all positive emotions (and that's totally fine). Occasionally fear, doubt, and guilt arise in addition to the joy that comes with having a baby after a loss. However, bringing a new life into the world after losing a baby does not mean you're taking away from a previous loss or grieving incorrectly. Instead, a rainbow baby can carry on the love moms will always have for the baby they lost and truly create the feeling of beauty after the storm. With any new pregnancy — but especially one as riddled with emotions as a rainbow pregnancy — there are many significant milestones that often hold a new or deeper meaning. One of those is sometimes finding the right name to honor your experience and rainbow baby. Below is a list of meaningful name ideas that signify hope, happiness, blessings, miracles, and more.
Names That Signify Hope
Claire is a Latin name that means "bright" or "clear," as shared by Baby Center.
Hope is an English name that signifies "hope" in the most literal sense, according to She Knows.
Luke is a name that means "light," according to Essential Baby.
Nadia, according to She Knows, is a name that signifies "hope" in the Russian, Slavic, and American meaning of the name.
Phoebe means "bright" or "shining one," as Essential Baby explained. It's a name of Greek origin and is seen in Greek mythology as the goddess of the moon.
Raphael is a Hebrew name that means "God has healed," according to She Knows.
Von is a mid-century name, according to Essential Baby, that means "hope." It was once used as a surname but has become a modern standalone name.
Names Associated With Happiness
Amy, according to Essential Baby, is a French name that means "beloved" or "dearly loved."
Anthony is a name that means "priceless" and is derived from the Latin name "Antonius," according to Baby Name Wizard.
Asher, according to Essential Baby, is a name that means "happy" and also "blessed."
Beatrice, according to Name Berry, is a name that means "she who brings happiness."
Celeste is a name derived from the French word "céleste," which means "heavenly," shared Essential Baby.
Felicity is a name that means "happiness," according to Essential Baby. The name is derived from the Latin word "felicitas," which also means "luck" and "good fortune."
Felix, according to Essential Baby, is a Latin name that means "fortunate" and "happy."
Jayden, according to She Knows, is a Hebrew name that means “thankful.”
Joy is a name that is associated with the meaning of happiness and derived from Old French "joie," according to Baby Name Wizard.
Names That Indicate Blessings
Adom is an African name that means "God's blessing," according to She Knows. The Egyptian meaning of the name also means "help from the gods."
Angela is a name associated with French, Spanish, Italian, American, Greek, and Latin meanings — all of which mean "angel" or "messenger of God," according to She Knows.
Beatrix means "blessed." Mom Junction also shared it's a name largely associated with the creator of Peter Rabbit and one of the Queens of The Netherlands.
Benedict is a Latin name meaning "blessed," according to She Knows. It's also the name of the Italian saint Benedict of Nursia who founded the Benedictine order of monks and nuns.
Bennett is the medieval form of the name "blessed," according to Mom Junction. It’s often seen as a combination of the names Beckett and Benjamin.
Grace means "grace from God," according to Essential Baby, and is an English baby name derived from the Latin word "gratia."
Gwyneth means "fortunate" or "blessed" shared Essential Baby.
Jesse is a Hebrew name that means "blessing," according to Mom Junction. It's sometimes viewed as a shorter version of the popular name Jessica but is often used as a male name as well.
Winifred (or Winnie for short), according to Mom Junction, is a Welsh name that means "blessed peacemaking."
Names That Convey A Miracle
Aaron is a name associated with "miraculous." According to She Knows, Aaron was first high priest of the Israelites, remembered for the miraculous blossoming of his rod.
Amari is an American name shared by Mom Junction that means "miracle of God." Although it was originally thought of as a male name, it is now also used for females as well.
Ayah is an Arabic name meaning "miracle," according to Mom Junction.
Dorothea is a German name meaning "gift from God," according to Essential Baby.
Eliana also means "gift from God" or "my God has answered" shared Essential Baby.
Jonathan is a Hebrew name meaning "Jehovah has given" or "given of God," as shared by She Knows. It's a name that's commonly associated with the author of Gulliver's Travels and also maintains biblical roots.
Matthew (or Matthias) is from the Hebrew name "Matityahu," which means "Gift from God," according to Baby Center.
Mira is a name with the Latin meaning "wonderful" and "marvelous," according to She Knows. Some see it as a shortened version of the word "miracle." Another definition tied to the name Mira from the American and Hebrew meaning is "bitter," which can also be associated with the bittersweet feeling of a rainbow baby.
Nathan (or Nathaniel) means "gift of God," according to She Knows, and is Hebrew name. Its biblical roots also mean "giving" or "rewarded."
Samuel is a Hebrew name that means "asked of God" or "heard by God," according to She Knows. It also has the Swedish meaning of "God listens."
Theodore, according to Essential Baby, is a name that means "gift."
Names That Literally Translate To "Rainbow"
Daneiris is an English variant of "Daenerys" (major Game of Thrones props), and some of the meanings this name is associated with are the "iris flower," "rainbow," and "grace."
Iris, according to Greek Mythology, was the personification of the rainbow and messenger of the gods.
Jalus is of Tibetan origin and means "rainbow body," according to The Name Garden.
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