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Quick Facts on River

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 588
Simple meaning:
Flowing body of water

Characteristics of River

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - River

River is the English vocabulary word for a ‘flowing body of water’ from the Old Anglo-Norman word “rivere” meaning the same. As a given name, River’s usage was inspired by the “hippie” generation of the 1960s when names like River, Rainbow, Sky, Summer and Echo came into vogue. The “peace, love and freedom” subculture of the 1960s and 70s choose names for their children which reflected their values embedded in pureness, oneness and nature. Generally speaking, it was the most hardcore and committed members of the hippie movement who bestowed such unconventional names on their babies. Therefore, these “hippie” names never really positioned themselves on the naming charts and so remained original and eccentric among the masses. Just for fun, here are some translations of River in other languages: flumen (Latin); rivière (French); fiume (Italian); río (Spanish); fluss (German); flod (Swedish); abhainn (Irish-Gaelic); afon (Welsh); ποτάμι (Greek); mto (Swahili); река (Russian); 河 (Chinese) and 川 (Japanese). Rivers connote a sense of both power and beauty and, until the invention of modern transportation, rivers were the superhighways of the past.

Popularity of the Name River

The female version of this unisex name did not appear on the naming charts until 2009, so the boys has a monopoly on the name River for 15 years before American parents discovered the name for their daughters. As a vocabulary word, River doesn't seem distinctly male or female. It works on both genders. Although it's currently about 2.5x more popular for baby boys.
Popularity of the Girl Name River
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - River

  • Literary Characters of the baby name River

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name River

    River We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name River.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name River

    Children's Books on the Baby Name River

    River - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character with the first name River.

  • Famous People Named River

    Famous People Named River

    Famous People Named River - River Phoenix (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named River

    Children of Famous People Named River

    Famous People Who Named Their Child River - Taylor Hanson (musician, son named River); Keri Russell (actress, son named River); Tony Gonzalez (football player, son named River); Corey Hart (musician, daughter named River)

  • Historic Figures

    River - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    River - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name River.

Personality of the Girl Name River

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - River

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