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Riven for a boy?

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impatienttobemummy Mon 22-Jul-13 14:06:48

DH loves this name it's apparently old English but to me I feel it sounds like we are trying to be quirky? Any thoughts appreciated....?

badtime Mon 22-Jul-13 14:08:46

rive (rv)
v. rived, riv·en (rvn) also rived, riv·ing, rives
1. To rend or tear apart.
2. To break into pieces, as by a blow; cleave or split asunder.
3. To break or distress (the spirit, for example).


fluffyraggies Mon 22-Jul-13 14:27:09

I prefer River - which is a more obvious and brave 'hippy' name.

Riven - ribbon.

squoosh Mon 22-Jul-13 14:38:30

A bit of a negative word.

Twirlyhot Mon 22-Jul-13 14:58:50

'His skull all riven in twain! his brains dash'd out' Christopher Marlowe.

Not a good meaning.

BlueChampagne Mon 22-Jul-13 15:20:32


curlew Mon 22-Jul-13 15:23:33


GrimmaTheNome Mon 22-Jul-13 15:26:04

It will always be a woman's name on MN, I think.

PrincessKitKat Mon 22-Jul-13 15:34:03

I would assume the parent of Riven was into LARP, dressed as an elven king at weekends and had the box set of Game of Thrones.

But I don't dislike it.

impatienttobemummy Mon 22-Jul-13 17:19:16

Thanks, my thoughts exactly... Ill show this thread to DH veto!!

ArgyMargy Mon 22-Jul-13 17:21:17

No. (But River, I do like)

itsnothingoriginal Mon 22-Jul-13 19:33:14

I agree - it's definitely a female name on mn smile

InkleWinkle Mon 22-Jul-13 19:46:47

I immediately thought its a girls name on MN.

thegreylady Mon 22-Jul-13 22:21:44

Yes a very special name on here. I wonder if she ever came back with a new name.

The meaning of something violently broken would put me off it.

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