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What does Rainbow mean?

Rainbow /rain-bow/ as a girls' name is pronounced RAYN-boh. It is of English origin. The phenomenon as a name. Biblical: the rainbow is a symbol of the covenant between God and Noah, that God will sustain his people. It is also seen as a symbol of hope and of ethnic and gender-preference tolerance. Comedian/actor Richard Pryor's daughter, Rain. See also Iris.

Associated with: biblical, rainbow, hope


Rainbow has 1 variant: Rain.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Raibow, Raybow, ..

(male) Rainby, Rainroy, ..

How popular is Rainbow?

Rainbow is a rare given name for women but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#37881 out of 150436, Top 25%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Iris (#245 in 2014) and Rain (#1952) are the prominent varying forms of Rainbow (not ranked) appearing in the Top 2000. These relations of Rainbow were at the height of their popularity in 2014 (average #1098). Iris is the most fashionable name for newborns in this compilation. Below is a graphed analysis of the history of Rainbow and related names. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Iris, Rain in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Iris outside U.S.

Similar Names


Recommended names are Raina, Rainah, Raine, Rainee, Rainey and Rainy. These names tend to be more commonly used than Rainbow.