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What does River mean?

River Pronunciation of River as a boys' name is pronounced RIV-er. It is of English origin. A place and nature name. Made famous in the 1980s by actor River Phoenix.

ASSOCIATED WITH Ri-, -er, famous, river



(male) Rier, ..

(female) Rivre, ..

River Bradley (R.B.), ..

How popular is River?

River is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#28256 out of 150436, Top 19%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

River entered the list in 1993 and reached its top rank of #244 in the U.S. in 2015. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of River name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

The only other prominent variation form of River (#244 IN 2015) is Rivers (#1812). These relations of River were favored by parents today (MEDIAN #1028). River is the clear favorite.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of River, Rivers in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of River and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

River is alike in pronunciation to Rover. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Dover, Einer, Eizer, Inver, Iver, Miner, Oliver, Piper, Rafer, Rainer, Ravee, Ravel, Raven, Reiner, Reve, Rice, Ridder, Rider, Rien, Ries, Rigel, Rike, Riker, Riley, Ritter, Rives, Roger, Roper, Royer, Ryder, Ryker, Silver, Tiger and Xever. These names tend to be more commonly used than River.