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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named River
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named River in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name River:
Records indicate that 8,233 boys in the United States have been named River since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 2012, when 709 people in the U.S. were given the name River. Those people are now 7 years old.
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Comments about the name River
Based on the comments submitted below
19 Positive Comments
"I love the name River for I boy, I am going to name my future son River" Jun. 18, 2019:
"My 10 year old grandson is named River. I was shocked at first but now I love it and it suits him." May. 17, 2016:
"Called my daughter river, named after river from firefly, a really special name." Nov. 22, 2015:
"My beautiful baby boy born in 2011 I named river...and my beautiful baby boy born 2013 I named phoenix. A tribute to the late river phoenix, and my all time favorite movie stand by me. My babies have the best names. <3" May. 5, 2015:
"Absolutely love this name and I hope to use it one day if I have a boy!!" Mar. 25, 2015:
"Were naming our son River with the middle name either Lee or Jack. I love River for a boy, very cool & I can already imagine him, how he looks etc...3 half months to go!" Jan. 7, 2015:
"My son River Henry was born Aug.1st 2013!! I hope he keeps his blue eyes!!!" Apr. 23, 2013:
"I love the name River my son was born march 2008 i had the name picked as soon as i found out i was pregnant,he so suits his name." Jun. 21, 2012:
"Our son River was born Nov of 2003. He is our 2nd (and last) child. My husband wanted his name to start with an 'R' because our 1st sons name is Ryan (yes we're 1 of those families) and we didn't want a 'normal' or 'common' name like Rick or Robert. My husband was pretty much raised camping and fishing on the river so...
I LOVE this name as it is not 'common' and as our son has grown...no other name would have fit him like River does. Plus - he's got the perfect pro sports name!!" Feb. 14, 2012:
"My little boys name is River Jack. Its such an awesome name and people either love it or hate it. I think hes going to love it when he gets older especially with the girls! It's a soft but very strong and beautiful name. I also have a Stella, Ruben, Ayda and a Linken. I love all my kids names as they are a bit different." May. 29, 2010:
"I love the name River and will call my future son this name. Our last name is Rossiter, and I think River Rossiter has a beautiful ring to it :-)" Dec. 16, 2009:
"This name is so beautiful it is unique and simple.
I am definetly going to use this for my future son! *crosses fingers*
Plus I love the actor River Phoenix so that is an advantage too :)" Oct. 16, 2009:
"I love this name! I really am thinking of naming my son this name!!! My name is Brooke so it should be interesting lol!" Aug. 5, 2008:
"love it! My brother is a devoted fisherman and wild life gu ru, and they are going to name their little boy river!!" Jun. 19, 2008:
"Our 2 year old daughter is named River. Everybody finds it unusual especially for a girl but we love the name as we love our daughter." Apr. 10, 2007:
"My son's name, and it is as peaceful and powerful as you can imagine." Nov. 3, 2006:
"We named our son River, but we don't want anyone else to use it. Consider a simpler name like John, Chris, or Scott." Sep. 9, 2006:
"my sons name is River. He is 5 now and they always say that we should of named him Raging River. But, yes everyone likes his name. They do ask if he was named after River Pheonix. He was named that because all 5 of our kids have R first names, D middle and of course all the same last name." Dec. 2, 2005:
"I absolutely love this name! It's what I hope to call my first future son." Jun. 30, 2005:
5 Neutral Comments
"Love love it for a boy !!! Do not like it 4 a girl at all!! To manly sounding 4 a girl!!" Jul. 22, 2017:
"Its my name too. I was born in 1988,during the time of River phoenix's popularity. He was nominated for an Oscar the same year!" Apr. 10, 2017:
"My Grandsons name is River Scott, we all love it. The uniqueness and strength behind the name is what captivated my daughter to choose it for her son. It suits him perfectly!" Nov. 20, 2015:
"My name is River but I'm a girl butni absolutely love my name!" Jan. 31, 2015:
"I named my son River and people like it but sometimes forget and call him Phoenix. Hee hee" Jun. 9, 2005:
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