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Meaning and Origin of: Rainbow

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First name origins & meanings:

  • English : An array of bright colors

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : altered form of an Old French personal name, Rainbaut, composed of the Germanic elements ragin ‘counsel’ + bald ‘bold’, ‘brave’. The form of the name has been affected by folk etymological association with the vocabulary word rainbow. Compare Rammel, Raybould.
  • Translation of the German and Ashkenazic Jewish surname Regenbogen. The German name is a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a rainbow, Middle High German regenboge. The Jewish name is ornamental from German Regenbogen, one of the group of ornamental names based on natural phenomena.

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