An English name of Latin origin.
From the English word “river”, meaning a large stream of flowing water.
River is usually a masculine name but lately there’s been a rise in the number of baby girls that are given the name as well.
The word “river” derives from the Old French “riviere”, meaning “river, riverside”, from the Vulgar Latin word “riparia” with the same meaning.
Other forms of the name are: Rivor, Riviera, Rivers.
Famous male bearers are River Phoenix and River Alexander.
River Phoenix was an American actor and musician.
He is known for his roles in films such as “Stand By Me”, “Running On Empty”, “My Own Private Idaho”, etc.
In the following video you may watch a short tribute to River Phoenix’s career: