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Meaning and name origin

Riva \r(i)-va\ as a girl's name is pronounced REE-vah. Short form of Rebecca (Hebrew) "to bind". Also possibly from the French word for "shore".

Riva has 12 variant forms: Reba, Ree, Reeva, Reevabel, Reva, Rifka, Rivalee, Rivi, Rivka, Rivke, Rivkah and Rivy.


Riva is a somewhat popular first name for females (#3612 out of 4276, Top 84%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#25170 out of 88799, Top 28%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Riva and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Rebecca (#184), Rivka (#935), Reba and Reva. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rebecca, Rivka, Reba, Reva in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rebecca outside U.S.

Similar Names

Riva is also pronounced similarly to Rivah. Other suggested similar baby names are Kiva, Liva, Rafa, Ria, Rica, Rida, Rika, Rima, Rina, Risa, Rita, Roba, Rupa, Viva and Ziva. These names tend to be less commonly used than Riva.