WHAT IT MEANS: River, obviously.
WHERE IT ORIGINATED: River is an English word that is derived from the Latin word “ripa”, meaning “riverbank.”
POTENTIAL NICKNAMES: There really isn’t one, although Rio is a cool alternative.
KNOW THIS: The name first appeared on U.S. popularity charts in 1994 due to its association with actor River Phoenix.
POP CULTURE CONNECTION: Both Keri Russell and Taylor Hanson have sons named River.