Hugh Hefner’s former girlfriend Holly Madison welcomed a baby girl last week.
Nope, the dad isn’t Hef — it’s her current boyfriend, Pasquale Rotella,
And the baby’s name? Rainbow Aurora Rotella.
Not long after the name was announced, Holly felt she had to start defending it:
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.
This reasoning reminds me of Joel Madden’s reasoning behind the baby name Sparrow: “I wanted to give him a name that he’s going to have to stand up for.”
I do appreciate that these parents wanted to give their kids a challenge to overcome in the interest of building self-esteem, but I’m not sure a silly name was the smartest way to do that.
So: one thumb up for motivation, one thumb down for execution.
What’s your take?
Source: On My Baby’s Name