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River Lee for a boy. Such a lovely name!
Charlie3  11/2/2005
River Phoenix was a young talented actor who threw away his life on drugs. He was known for his work in the movies "My Own Private Idaho" and "Stand by me." He died in 1993.
breakofday  12/16/2005
One of my favorite actors was named this. River Phoenix played in "Explorers" and "Stand by me." He died from heart failure due to drugs in 1993. He was 23 years old.
roxxmuhsoxx  2/2/2006
Rivers Cuomu is the lead singer of Weezer's name.
dani_08  3/5/2006
Summer Glau played a charachter in the show Firefly called River Tam. :D.
Dru  3/17/2006
Singer Corey Hart has a daughter named River.
― Anonymous User  4/19/2006
I love love love this name. It's so powerful sounding and yet calm. Everytime I have told someone that I like this name they think that it sounds too "hippie" so I am torn between giving the name to my child. I adore the name. =)
― Anonymous User  6/22/2006
I like this name for a girl, although it'd be a bit unusual.
Briseis  8/21/2006
Taylor Hanson from the band Hanson, has a son named River Samuel, born 9/4/06.
tigerlilly  10/11/2006
In Swedish, this means "scratches", as in "he/she/it scratches".
Caprice  10/13/2006
Perhaps I am one of the only ones, but I prefer this name for a girl.
khaotickharma  10/21/2006
No offense but I just don't like this name. Doesn't seem right somehow for a person.
― Anonymous User  11/1/2006
According to the Bible, river is another reference to the Holy Spirit (The River Of Life).
tigerlilly  12/14/2006
My sister has an obsession with MyScene, something I get really annoyed about. Anyway, Barbie's boyfriend is called River, and it gave me a really bad impression. Even if I DIDN'T know that, I would think River would be a pretty cool name, along with a middle name.
7up  1/26/2007
I love this name, it is so beautiful.
Rae_  3/12/2007
My name is River and I love it. I'm female. I always get a comment about how pretty it is or how unique. I was not named after River Pheonix, nor do I have any connection to him whatsoever. I absolutely love River! However, it is very unique and very hippyish, so it can't be carried by everyone. Make sure you want to use this name before you use it.
River  3/25/2007
River was used in the tv series "Firefly". The character, named River Tam, was a slightly psychotic escapee and fugitive from a sort of medical centre. This, as a result, has affected my feelings of the name; even though it is a lovely name I can never stop thinking about insane teenagers with gifts for assasination.
― Anonymous User  5/15/2007
The actress Keri Russel has a son named River Russell born June 18th 2007.
scarletcorset  6/26/2007
I don't like this name, it just seems too "hippie" to me.
― Anonymous User  8/13/2007
I first think River Tam. I prefer the name for a girl, but some guys can pull it off as well.
sqirrlie  12/10/2007
This name sounds pretty normal by now. I've heard weirder stuff. It isn't exactly some type of unique or highly unusual name, so if you're looking for something really unconventional, this ain't it. It doesn't really sound like a hippie name on boys anymore, but on girls it might. The name is quite masculine, and thus somewhat boyish, for girls and women. I don't care if nature words sound better on females in general, as this one has a masculine-sounding ending.
slight night shiver  5/4/2008
I love the name River. I don't mind that people associate it with hippies, because I am a nature lovin' hippy myself. Maybe that's why I love it! I think it's youthful, and natural. I get a lot of compliments on my choice, and have had a few weird looks, but who cares?!
cocolee  7/17/2008
I don't like this name either way, but I hated it more on girls than on guys. River is a (horrible) guy name and Brooke is a girl name.
― Anonymous User  7/28/2008
I don't like this name for a boy, this is a nice name for a girl. I'm thinking of naming one of my female characters in my next story River. It's much less common than Brook or Brooke, which is a wonderful thing for me and my love of uncommon names.
KohakuRiver  8/14/2008
Professor River Song is a character in Doctor Who, episodes "Silence in the Library" and "Forest of the Dead". She is a female, even though the name is supposedly masculine.
Sori  8/14/2008
River is horrible name for a boy and a girl. I dislike names giving from English words.
Emilie007  8/18/2008
I've only ever heard this name on a girl other than River Phoenix, I actually prefer it on a girl. I think most nature names are better suited to females. :)
― Anonymous User  12/9/2008
I first think of River Tam as well. :D I love this name, and it sounds nice on both genders in my opinion, though I prefer it for a girl.
CanadianChibi  3/19/2009
I love this name! I prefer it on a girl.
kelly1994_2013  6/16/2009
This is a dumb name. It's getting too popular, it's extremely trashy, and it sounds pretty obvious that the parents are hippies.
bananarama  7/10/2009
My sister was going to be named this if she had been a boy. Personally I like it, but I think it sounds better as a boys name than as a girls.
― Anonymous User  8/22/2009
I don't think there is anything "hippie" or particularly strange or unique about this name anymore. It's just a normal name which won't excite any more attention than the next one. I think just base it on whether you like the name or not.
SandSea  3/31/2010
When I was younger I didn't really like this name so much, because I thought it sounded strange. But now it's grown on me quite a bit.
LullabyMoon11  9/24/2010
I'm surprised someone hasn't complained about this being a word name, since River is a regularly used word in the English language, along with names like "Ruby" and "Comfort", which are also words. What hypocrites.
― Anonymous User  9/26/2010
River sounds like a feminine name to me, probably because it reminds me of River Tam from Firefly. It's a nice peaceful and serene sounding name.
― Anonymous User  10/12/2010
I'm all for uniqueness and whatnot, but this just sounds hippyish to me. It also gives me the impression that the parents are trying too hard to be unique.
Meadow  12/19/2010
There was a guy in my 6th-grade class named River. One day, we changed our names (guys would get the girl equivalent of their name, and vice versa). I (Colleen) was Collin, Andrew was Andrea, and River was... Brooke. We thought we were sooo clever :D
C-Ticket  7/30/2011
I looove this name! It's much nicer for a boy than a girl, I really hate how parents are insisting on giving their daughters boy names, I mean come on there are hundreds of beautiful girl names and if we keep on naming our daughters Ashley and Jackson, there are gonna be no names left for boys. But anyway I love this name, it is very masculine and very English, love it.
― Anonymous User  10/14/2011
I like this name. I don't know what people are talking about that it is overused. I have never even met a River!
blueeyesparkle  12/6/2011
I'm surprised this name isn't listed as unisex on this site, considering that it is used on both boys and girls. I think it suits either gender, though it probably has more of a male legacy due to River Phoenix (great actor, died way too young). However, the character River Tam from the TV show "Firefly" and the movie "Serenity" has also lent the name feminine qualities. I would be more inclined to use River on a female, since that association is stronger for me.
― Anonymous User  1/2/2012
I love the name for a boy or a girl but personally I thinking it is more suited to a girl. Like a river a woman is always changing- that's why they call it a woman's prerogative.

I've never heard of the actor or the TV show/Movie you all have mentioned.

I'd never do this to my child, but I love the combo River Krystal.
Cuss10  2/12/2012
I find this name to be very unisex. River sounds like a strong name for a boy and gorgeous name for a girl. My female dog's name is River and it suits her so well. She is so gentle and nurturing and I love calling her "Riv."
― Anonymous User  8/14/2012
My son is named River middle name Paul. We chose it because of the beautiful River that winds behind our home and unites us as a family. We are not hippies, but are outdoor people. I find it to be a masculine and strong name with a nature connotation, which will be perfect for our little guy growing up in a wooded community next to the "River". We wanted a semi-unique name because we have a very common last name. Some people (mostly older folks) look at us like we are crazy when I say his name in public, and others comment on what a cool name he has. We love it, he I'm sure will carry it well in life.
mjda1234  11/2/2012
My first son is called River. He suits it well and it's a beautiful yet "cool" name for a boy. His father chose the name and he chose well. I got compliments for his name when he was younger. And where I live, it's quite unlikely he'll find another River, unless it's blue and consists of water! It's a great name and has aged well with him. He doesn't get bullied but there's the odd "Riverbed" or "Stream" from his relatives!
Piplup_and_Petilil  12/29/2012
This is a unisex name. No matter how you try to change it. The fact is this has a calm, mellow feeling and it goes well for both so this is totally unisex. And names like Ashley and Madison had today's girly feel to it. But this doesn't and it's just perfect.
555jazzy  2/12/2013
I can't believe I'm the only one who thinks its strange to name a child 'River'. It's beyond me why this is in the top 1000 for both genders.
― Anonymous User  6/17/2013
I love this name for a boy... If I ever have a little boy I will name him River.
I will have a Genesis, Olive and River.
Olivenesi  10/21/2013
The only two people called River that I'd heard of (River Song from Doctor Who, and River Tam from Firefly) were female, but I wasn't too shocked to see this called masculine. It's a word, and doesn't have a definite color or character as most names do in my mind.

On a girl I guess it does sound kind of hippie-ish, though I don't really dislike it as I do "Flower". As a boys' name it sounds kind of 19th-century American, the same style of name as Irving or Emmett.
El is a Beth  1/17/2014
I can really only see this as a girl's name, mostly because of River Song from Doctor Who. I don't know if I would use it but I think it's really cute. No nicknames that I would use, but there are lots of names like that I like.
starsky12  1/23/2014
River is an awesome boy's name! I think it will age well even though it's a newer name.
hattie98  3/24/2014
River is the main character in the book Falling Fast written by Sophie McKenzie.

(This was the first time I had heard of "River" being used as a name of a person. In the book, River happens to be a female.)
― Anonymous User  4/7/2014
I gave my child this name in early 2005, so we have been living with it for quite a while (over 9 years as I write). He is a boy, and is a quirky, messy haired intelligent thing and really suits his name. Oh, and a vegetarian. Does that make us 'hippies'? I don't know the criteria... is it bad to be a hippy? I don't wear flower crowns or own a camper van, though that sounds like fun! I am a teacher, I was looking for a name I had not already known in a school. He loves his name, so do I. A tiny amount of negativity perhaps but surely all names can be criticised? Nobody forgets him, and I have never regretted it for a moment. I did like River Phoenix, such a sad loss, but he wasn't named after him. I like his name being unusual so I discourage anybody from using it!
Louise1202  5/26/2014
Kelly Clarkson and her husband Brandon Blackstock have a daughter named River Rose, born on June 12th, 2014.
Fray  6/20/2014
My son's name is River. I don't think that by giving him that name I was overly trying to be different and I don't think it makes me a "hippie" whatever that classification may be. I love his name and I love the fact that I don't see it used all of the time. I think it works both ways; however, I can't imagine my daughter having the name River, now. When I chose this name I didn't know that mainly girls had this name, but now when I hear others talking about the name "River" it is usually in association with a girl. My son's name is River Lee Hart and he is a boy who loves to play with trucks, jump off couches and do everyday normal things boys do! I wanted my son to have a strong, not so common name and I feel like his father and I accomplished that. I couldn't picture his name being anything else!
― Anonymous User  6/28/2014
Looking at the United States popularity of this name, I notice that it hit the top 1000 for the first time in 1994, right after River Phoenix's 1993 death. I'm guessing that's not a coincidence. As for whether River makes a better boy's name or a better girl's name, I wonder if opinions about this fall along generational lines - if Generation X people associate it more with River Phoenix and think of it as a boy's name, whereas millennials might associate it more with River Tam from "Firefly"/"Serenity" and think of it as a girl's name.
Marauder  8/30/2014
My Grandson was named River, born January 8th, 2014 by my daughter and her hubby, because they first met at the Missouri River, so it has a lot of meaning for them. River is their first born. I feel it is a very masculine name and not at all Hippie. Their next son's name will be Creek.
Rivers Grandma  10/6/2014
I have a daughter named River... she's 3yrs old & I adore the name River. River is a name for a girl or boy.
It is a beautiful name. I didn't know just how popular the name River is... I have a son age 5 called gage... what do you all think of that..x.
― Anonymous User  10/10/2014
The name River is most definetly a masculine name. It's a males name. Enough said.
― Anonymous User  10/27/2014
I think River is a lovely, refreshing and beautiful name. It suits both genders perfectly fine. This is a fantastic nature name and don't let others put you off from using this name. :)
― Anonymous User  2/16/2015
I just had a daughter, she is 11 days old. And me and my partner have called her River. I love the name- it is pretty like my little girl and suits her perfectly :).
ampharos  6/5/2015
I LOVE the name River. I have just named my new red eared slider River as her shell looks like the marbling of pebbles in a shallow part of a riverbed...
lorimorton  6/10/2015
River is a popular male name among celebrities. Singers Jackie Jackson and Taylor Hanson have son's named River. Actors Sean Harland Murray, Keri Russell, Blackie Chen and Christie Fan, Jeptha Robertson, Megan Gale, and Daniela Ruah have sons named River. Survivor tv show winner Aras Baskauskas' son is River. Also, there is the actor River Shields and model River Viiperi who are male. River was the name of a boy on the old soap One Life to Live. So while it is technically a "unisex" name it seems much more masculine to me.
― Anonymous User  8/20/2015
I like the name River, especially for a boy, but when I tell people this they often say that it's stupid to name a child after a commonplace thing, but aren't there girls named Lilly? Willow?
Evenly_Evelyn  10/18/2015
Willow and Lily are beautiful names for girls and River is a great name for a boy! River makes you think of a very outdoorsy boy/man who likes to go fishing and hunting in the woods.
― Anonymous User  11/2/2015
In addition to the names listed in a comment farther up the thread I can think of several more celebrities who have named their sons River - the actor Thomas Ian Nicholas has a son Nolan River. Dallas Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo has a son Rivers and Natasha Henstridge has a son Tristan River. It is indeed a very popular name for celebrities to name their sons.
― Anonymous User  11/2/2015
I have a daughter named River Olivia :)
It's adorable on her and I think it could be cute for either sex!
― Anonymous User  12/19/2015
River is a nice name but I personally prefer it for a male (thought it does sound nice on girls too). The reason is, I think it is strong yet sensitive and I think it would be well suited for a male who is connected to nature and also has a strong personality. The reason I don't like it on a female is because it makes it sound delicate and it takes a strong and adventurous girl to pull it off. Regardless, it is beautiful and powerful and props to whoever can pull this off.
kidskid  2/22/2016
River is the name of Jep and Jessica's son on Duck Dynasty. It is a beautiful name for a boy.
Notando  3/31/2016
We named our third child River Serenity. Born 2.14.2007, a daughter.
Brepeace  5/1/2016
My daughter is 20 years old now and I named her Riverlee, one word not two. Most people love the name she gets called Riv a lot.
― Anonymous User  5/1/2016
I usually don't like naming girls traditionally male names, but this is an exception. I think it's a great unisex name.
― Anonymous User  10/18/2016
I think River is more suited for a girl than boy. Actually I think it doesn't sound masculine at all. I don't like the name anyways.
Luvbug86  12/11/2016
My 9th grandchild was born last Thursday, February 9th, 2017.
Her name is River Ingrid- I absolutely love her name!
HalloweenBaby  2/15/2017
I've named my daughter River Casey, I believe River covers all aspects of a name. It's strong yet calm. Refreshing and natural, whilst very youthful. I love it.
KieBeau  2/24/2017
River: What in the name of sanity have you got on your head?
Doctor: It's a fez. I wear a fez now. Fezzes are cool.
~ From that one Doctor Who episode that I can't remember off the top of my head
Anyway, because of River Song, I can only see this name on a girl.
River was cool.
Moonberri-Dew  3/13/2017
These days, River is both a feminine and a masculine name.
― Anonymous User  4/19/2017
Another known bearer of this name is the Finno-Spanish model River Viiperi (b. 1991), who is also the ex-boyfriend of the American heiress and socialite Paris Hilton (b. 1981).

- (in Spanish).
Lucille  5/5/2017
River Delfín Canomanuel Viiperi is a Spanish male model. He has been in several advertising campaigns, including those for American Eagle, Bershka, Calvin Klein, Armani Exchange and Versace for H&M.
cutenose  5/20/2017
Country singer Granger Smith has a son, River Kelly. Jeff Goldblum and Emilie Livingston have a son, River Joe. Golfer Dusin Johnson and model Pauline Gretzky have a son, River Jones. Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green have a son, Journey River. Chefs Jamie and Jools Oliver have a son, River Rocket. River is a great name for a boy!
― Anonymous User  7/19/2017
We have a boy in our family named River. I thinks it's a good name for a boy who loves hunting, fishing, and the outdoors.
― Anonymous User  7/23/2017
I don't really like River. I love the French name Oceane, but never liked River. Maybe because my dad drowned in a river. As an alternative, maybe Riva? It's a form of Rivka, a form of Rebekah.
XironDarkstar  12/1/2017
There is someone from the show Star vs the Forces of Evil named River.
Lilalicious  3/16/2018

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