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overworkedundersexed Tue 16-Aug-16 21:33:12

I adore this name so much, for a boy. Our DD has a very traditional, queen's name so this would be a change of direction. Our surname starts with R so lovely alliteration.
What do you think? Too unusual? Do you know any? Could he be prime minister with a name like that? (If he wanted to be)
I know River Phoenix will be first to pop into your head....

NeedACleverNN Tue 16-Aug-16 21:33:58

I like it but I see it more as a girls name

Such as River Tam from firefly

KnockMeDown Tue 16-Aug-16 21:34:59

I thought Song straight away.

< Whovian >

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Tue 16-Aug-16 21:38:19

I thought Song straightaway too.

Love that character.

overworkedundersexed Tue 16-Aug-16 21:39:17

Knock - huh?!

KnockMeDown Tue 16-Aug-16 21:43:12

River Song is a character from Dr Who - in fact, she is his wife. But obviously not everyone will make that connection.

ClockMakerSue Tue 16-Aug-16 21:44:21

Although I do still think of River Phoenix, I have known a female River so now think of it as a more unisex. Maybe slightly more feminine.

villainousbroodmare Tue 16-Aug-16 21:45:27

A friend of mine who's a keen fisherman named his firstborn son this. I don't think it suits him. I can't help thinking of it as a noun, not a name. But a nice noun...

overworkedundersexed Tue 16-Aug-16 21:45:35

Interesting that it's potentially more of a feminine name - I find it very manly! But useful to know.

Sadik Tue 16-Aug-16 21:49:03

The only RL person I know called River is male - I think it's a great name, OP, and perfectly good for a 'serious' job.

OSETmum Tue 16-Aug-16 21:49:11

I like it.

overworkedundersexed Tue 16-Aug-16 21:49:52

Common rather than proper noun, right villainous? wink

Northernlight22 Tue 16-Aug-16 21:52:37

I liked river for a girl, but defo unisex

ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 16-Aug-16 21:53:42

I like River for a boy. Really nice OP.

overworkedundersexed Tue 16-Aug-16 21:54:51

Ooh lovely, thanks for all the positivity everyone!

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Tue 16-Aug-16 21:56:38

I love River.

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Tue 16-Aug-16 22:00:57

It definitely works for both sexes.

TwoLittleBlooms Tue 16-Aug-16 22:22:35

I really like River for a boy. Very cool.

augustusdecimus Tue 16-Aug-16 23:15:06

It's absolutely a boy's name for me.

Yes, I think immediately of River Phoenix.

But it's a very cool name imo.

squoosh Tue 16-Aug-16 23:25:03

I'd assume you were a mega River Phoenix fan and that your inner 15 year old self was still in mourning.

He was very pretty indeed.

Sophronia Tue 16-Aug-16 23:31:37

I love it for a boy

ClockMakerSue Wed 17-Aug-16 10:23:38

After reading this yesterday, I then read that Kelly Clarkson has a daughter called River Rose. I'd still say unisex but would be interested to find out if it is as unisex as I think or if more boys/girls were named it in the last few years.

DerelictMyBalls Wed 17-Aug-16 14:13:28

Lovely. I like it for a boy and a girl.

MrsGsnow18 Wed 17-Aug-16 15:55:36

I know a little girl called River in real life. Before that I had thought of it as more of a boy's name because of River Phoenix.
I think it's definitely becoming more unisex but still a lovely unusual name.

EssentialHummus Wed 17-Aug-16 16:03:05

I like it but not keen on the RR alliteration.

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