River name meaning

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in 2010

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What does the name River mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of River

User Submitted Origins

Native American

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Washington, U.S. says the name River means "A large/ish flowing body of water".
  2. According to a user from Arizona, U.S., the name River is of American origin and means "A flowing body of water".
  3. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name River is of English origin and means "Water, grace, calm".
  4. According to a user from Georgia, U.S., the name River means "Long body of water".
  5. A user from Maryland, U.S. says the name River is of English origin and means "Body of water".
  6. A submission from Canada says the name River means "Calm, intelligent, always changing" and is of Native American origin.
  7. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name River means "Water, Calm".
  8. According to a user from Virginia, U.S., the name River means "Flowing, always changing".
  9. A user from Nevada, U.S. says the name River is of English origin and means "Really calm and good".
  10. A user from Illinois, U.S. says the name River means "Flowing".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Riv"er
One who rives or splits.
noun Riv"er
  1. A large stream of water flowing in a bed or channel and emptying into the ocean, a sea, a lake, or another stream; a stream larger than a rivulet or brook."Transparent and sparkling rivers, from which it is delightful to drink as they flow." [Macaulay.]
  2. Fig.: A large stream; copious flow; abundance; as, rivers of blood; rivers of oil.

Etymology: F. rivère a river, LL. riparia river, bank of a river, fr. L. riparius belonging to a bank or shore, fr. ripa a bank or shore; of uncertain origin. Cf. Arrive Riparian

verb Riv"er
To hawk by the side of a river; to fly hawks at river fowl.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A large natural stream of water (larger than a creek) ("the river was navigable for 50 miles")

From river.

  1. A unisex given name.
  2. (rare) A surname​.

Notable Persons Named River

Notable Persons Named River

River Phoenix

River Phoenix was an actor, musician, and activist. He was most active from 1982 to 1993. River was given the name River Jude Bottom by his parent Arlyn Phoenix on August 23rd, 1970 in Madras, Oregon, U.S. River is also known as River Jude Phoenix. He died on October 31st, 1993.

River Tam

River Tam is a crew member of serenity and serenity (firefly vessel).

River Viiperi

River was given the name River Delfín Canomanuel Viiperi on August 4th, 1991 in Ibiza. River is also known as Canomanuel Viiperi and River Delfín.

River Alexander

His most notable accomplishments were from 2010 to present. River was born in Southwest Ranches, Florida.

River Styx

River was born in 1936.

River Allen

River Allen is a soccer player for the Bodmin Town F.C., Plymouth Argyle F.C., Gosport Borough F.C., Truro City F.C., and Gateshead F.C. River was born on November 7th, 1995 in Plymouth, England.


Notable Persons With the Last Name River

Notable Persons With the Last Name River

Nate River

Old Man River

Old Man River is a rock music and folk music musician and singer-songwriter. He has had major accomplishments since 2002. Old was given the name Ohad Rein on April 18th, 1979.

General New River

He died in 1804.

Sol B River


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity River U.S.
  White 52.37% 64.26%
  African American 12.28% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.80% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.08% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.69% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 28.77% 16.26%

Of Last Name River

People with the last name River are most frequently White, African American, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name River

  • What name lists does River rank for?
  • How Popular is the name River? River is the 1,402nd most popular name of all time. As a last name River was the 26,313th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name River have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 30,219 babies born with the first name River in the United States. That's more than enough people named River to occupy the territory of Gibraltar (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 29,441 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named River? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1971 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was River first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name River is Monday, October 1st, 1894.
  • What year had the most people named River born? The highest recorded use of the first name River was in 2019 with a total of 2,349 babies. That's a lot of babies named River!
  • Random River Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name River ranks 94th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Alabama. Imagine that, 58 babies in Alabama have the same name in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name River: The name spelled backwards is Revir. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Reirv. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name River? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 928 people with the last name River.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of River? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with River as their last name since less than 1 person in 323k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • River name meaning

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