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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Rainbow mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Rainbow

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  • A user from California, United States says the name Rainbow means "Gods promise".
  • A user from United Kingdom says the name Rainbow means "Free spirit".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Rain"bow`
A bow or arch exhibiting, in concentric bands, the several colors of the spectrum, and formed in the part of the hemisphere opposite to the sun by the refraction and reflection of the sun's rays in drops of falling rain.

Note: ☞ Besides the ordinary bow, called also primary rainbow, which is formed by two refractions and one reflection, there is also another often seen exterior to it, called the secondary rainbow, concentric with the first, and separated from it by a small interval. It is formed by two refractions and two reflections, is much fainter than the primary bow, and has its colors arranged in the reverse order from those of the latter.

Etymology: AS. regenboga, akin to G. regenbogen. See Rain, and Bow anything bent

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An illusory hope ("chasing rainbows")
  2. An arc of colored light in the sky caused by refraction of the sun's rays by rain
  1. A member of the Rainbow Guides, a Girl Guide movement for younger girls.

Notable Persons Named Rainbow

Rainbow Rowell is a young-adult fiction and fiction author. She was most prominent from 2011 to present. Rainbow was born on February 24th, 1973.


Rainbow Sun Francks is an actor and singer. He was most prominent from 1995 to 1995. Rainbow was born on December 3rd, 1979 in Toronto. Rainbow is also known as Rainbow Francks.


Rainbow Archer is a comics character.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Rainbow


Mary Florence Elinor Rainbow Stewart was a writer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1954 to 1997. Mary was given the name Mary Florence Elinor Rainbow on September 17th, 1916 in Sunderland, County Durham, England, UK. She died on May 9th, 2014.


Chris Rainbow was a pop and ambient music musician. His career lasted from 1971 to 2015. Chris was given the name Christopher James Harley on November 18th, 1946 in Glasgow, Scotland. Chris is also known as Christopher Rainbow. He passed away on February 22nd, 2015.




Bernarr was born on October 2nd, 1914 in Battersea. He died on March 17th, 1998.


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Popularity of Rainbow as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rainbow U.S.
  White 73.70% 64.26%
  African American 8.05% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 11.27% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.29% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rainbow

People with the last name Rainbow are most frequently White or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Rainbow

  • How Popular is the name Rainbow? Rainbow is the 17,463rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Rainbow was the 39,352nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rainbow have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 444 babies born with the first name Rainbow in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rainbow to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rainbow? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1971 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Rainbow first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rainbow is Saturday, March 5th, 1892.
  • What year had the most people named Rainbow born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rainbow was in 1980 with a total of 28 babies.
  • Random Rainbow Factoid: According to the 1979 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rainbow is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 1979.
  • Weird things about the name Rainbow: Your name in reverse order is Wobniar. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Onrwbia. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rainbow? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 559 people with the last name Rainbow.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rainbow? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Rainbow as their last name since less than 1 person in 526k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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