As far as celebrity baby names go, Rainbow and Wilhelmina certainly aren’t the strangest we’ve heard, but new mothers Holly Madison and Natalie Hanson have still taken to the internet to defend their choices.
Reality star Holly, who gave birth to daughter Rainbow last week, has come in for criticism over her baby’s meteorological moniker.
Explaining her decision on her blog, the former Playboy bunny wrote “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 ‘traumatised’ by having an unusual name.”
She also hit back at “smug haters” who mocked her choice, saying “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.”
Meanwhile Natalie Hanson, wife of Mmmbop boy Taylor has also used a blog post to justify her fifth child’s name, five-month-old Wilhelmina.
After Taylor initially suggested the title, Natalie admits she “had to process for a minute” before realising “he was right.”
“It was a beautiful name. It was clearly feminine, with quite a heritage, and a plethora of pretty nicknames to choose from,” she wrote on Nameberry.com.
“Wilhelmina is a form of William, which means ‘resolute protection,’” she says. “Right now I am so in love with this strong and beautiful name, and even more in love with the girl who bears it!”