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River Name Popularity

How popular is the name River? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 0 0%
1913 0 0%
1914 0 0%
1915 0 0%
1916 0 0%
1917 0 0%
1918 0 0%
1919 0 0%
1920 0 0%
1921 0 0%
1922 0 0%
1923 0 0%
1924 0 0%
1925 0 0%
1926 0 0%
1927 0 0%
1928 0 0%
1929 0 0%
1930 0 0%
1931 0 0%
1932 0 0%
1933 0 0%
1934 0 0%
1935 0 0%
1936 0 0%
1937 0 0%
1938 0 0%
1939 0 0%
1940 0 0%
1941 0 0%
1942 0 0%
1943 0 0%
1944 0 0%
1945 0 0%
1946 0 0%
1947 0 0%
1948 0 0%
1949 0 0%
1950 0 0%
1951 0 0%
1952 0 0%
1953 0 0%
1954 0 0%
1955 0 0%
1956 0 0%
1957 0 0%
1958 0 0%
1959 0 0%
1960 0 0%
1961 0 0%
1962 0 0%
1963 0 0%
1964 0 0%
1965 0 0%
1966 0 0%
1967 0 0%
1968 0 0%
1969 0 0%
1970 0 0%
1971 0 0%
1972 0 0%
1973 0 0%
1974 0 0%
1975 0 0%
1976 0 0%
1977 0 0%
1978 0 0%
1979 0 0%
1980 0 0%
1981 0 0%
1982 0 0%
1983 0 0%
1984 0 0%
1985 0 0%
1986 0 0%
1987 1,995 6 0.0004%
1988 0 0%
1989 1,886 11 0.0007%
1990 2,159 7 0.0004%
1991 0 0%
1992 2,077 10 0.0006%
1993 1,881 12 0.0008%
1994 983 77 0.005%
1995 638 216 0.0143%
1996 626 229 0.0153%
1997 523 341 0.0231%
1998 493 399 0.0267%
1999 553 318 0.0212%
2000 605 276 0.0181%
2001 608 276 0.0183%
2002 626 271 0.0181%
2003 569 348 0.0229%
2004 546 380 0.0249%
2005 522 429 0.0281%
2006 503 476 0.0304%
2007 574 410 0.026%
2008 449 587 0.038%
2009 442 591 0.0395%
2010 429 604 0.0419%
2011 421 609 0.0427%
2012 399 689 0.0484%
2013 368 801 0.0563%
2014 284 1,226 0.0841%
2015 241 1,495 0.1027%
2016 211 1,830 0.1269%
2017 200 1,924 0.1379%
2018 196 2,029 0.1477%
2019 167 2,344 0.1732%

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Data via SSA.gov.


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Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Rivers

English


What names sound like River?

If you like how River sounds, you might also like these names that sound like River.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Rafer

Spanish

Rover

Traveler, wanderer

English


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Siblings of River

Mamas with kids named River also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Austin

Great

English

Fielding

The field

English

Madison

Son of Maud

English

Ireland
Penn

Enclosure; hill

English

Branch

Paw; extension

Latin

Tevin

American

8 Comments

  1. I wanted a very natural name and river just called to me

  2. We wanted to give him a first name that was original, not a family name. We love the water and water sports and live near several water sources. Also, one of our favorite band’s lead singer is named River. Attending their concerts were some of the most memorable moments in our marriage prior to River’s arrival. We gave him a middle name that was generational on his father’s side dating back into the late 1600s, as far back that we can trace.

  3. I chose the name River because one of his older brothers name is Branch. I was trying to get them all to match. A Branch of water is River. I like the name River because it isn’t a very common name.

  4. We chose River almost immediately after browsing baby name sites. It felt so peaceful and natural. The imagery that I picture in my head when I think about his name is a cozy little riverbank at a cottage somewhere. I picture that babbling water flowing past and in so many ways it feels like our son River flowed naturally to us remnant of his name.

  5. We chose the name River because my partner and I both love the outdoors and the rivers hold a special place in our hearts.

  6. I had the name River picked out years before I was even pregnant or planning to get pregnant. Luckily, my husband liked it too when I told him the name of our first born! Ha ha. Besides being an outdoorsy couple and having a deep love of nature, water is also very healing to me and I have loved being near it from a very young age. It is vital to all life, and it is an element we hope to share often with our son as he gets older (hiking, backpacking, fly fishing etc.). Rivers are constant, they bring movement and change to their environment, provide and nourish the land and the ecosystem they are founded in, and are steady and fierce all at once. I hope the same for our son.

  7. As soon as the name was mentioned we knew that this would be the perfect name for our first son.

    I’ve heard the name River quite often but it’s still pretty unique.

  8. We chose the name River for our little boy because on the night he was conceived both me and my partner dreamt about a little boy in water. It was really magical. When we found out we were having a boy we had a hard time choosing a name until we thought of River.. we knew it was perfect. To us it represents strength, free flow in life and a harbor for life and creativity.


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