River Name Meaning & Origin

River

Pronunciation: RI-vər (key)

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Comments and insights on the name River: | Edit

I've always loved the name River. Despite my family and friends constantly arguing that River is a boy's name, I think it's quite feminine. A river's a thing of beauty, strength, and grace. I think it does very well as a girl's name.

River is a lovely name for a child of either gender, one that works well throughout each life stage. It's quietly elegant, playful, natural, and free-spirited.

I think that River is a boy's name. It will forever be associated with River Phoenix. There are many pretty water-themed names that are more feminine like Bay, Marina, Lake, Aqua, Harbour, Oceana, etc.

Personal experiences with the name River: | Edit

A friend named her daughter River. River's little sister is Caedence.

Nicknames for River: | Edit

- Rea
- Riv

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Famous real-life people named River: | Edit

(male) River Phoenix, tragic actor
(male) Rivers Cuomo, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of rock band Weezer.
(male) River Shields, actor
(male) River Viiperi, model
(male) River Pierce of Radio Free Roscoe
(male) River - son of entertainers Blackie Chen and Christine Fan
(male) Rivers - son of Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo
(male) River - son of Jeptha Robertson of Duck Dynasty
(male) River - son of singer Taylor Hanson
(male) River - son of actress Megan Gale
(male) Tristan River - son of actress Natasha Henstridge
(male) River - son of actress Daniela Ruah
(male) River - son of actor Sean Harland Murray
(male) River - son of singer Jackie Jackson
(male) River - son of actress Keri Russell
(male) Nolan River Nicholas - son of actor Thomas Ian Nicholas

River in song, story & screen: | Edit

River Tam, a character in the "Firefly" TV show and "Serenity" movie.
River Song, Doctor Who character.
River Wyles, a character in Ken Gao's "To The Moon"
River Pierce in Radio Free Roscoe
River Carpenter in One Life to Live
River doll - Barbie's boyfriend in My Scene

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