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River for a baby boy

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user1480198351 Sat 26-Nov-16 22:15:19

Hi ladies,

My husband and I love the name River for a boy but we are aware that it is a bit out there. What do you think of the name? Have you ever met anyone called River? Realistically, if he went to a nice school, do you think he would get teased.

Would love to hear from anyone with thoughts or comments on this!


VanillaSugarAndChristmasSpice Sat 26-Nov-16 22:16:40

He'll be fine as long as your surname isn't Banks..

Longdistance Sat 26-Nov-16 22:18:04

River Phoenix? Actor.

VanillaSugarAndChristmasSpice Sat 26-Nov-16 22:19:36

River Song.

Hassled Sat 26-Nov-16 22:20:19

Normally I hate nature names - or any names which are things, Hazel/Willow/Autumn/Summer etc. But I do love River - mainly because of River Phoenix who I adored. It's a cool name. Whether his mates will agree when they're 14 is a different matter.

MakeLemonade Sat 26-Nov-16 22:20:44

I know two little boys called River, a one year old and a three year old. I think it's on the way to being more popular, Jamie Oliver recently named his son River too.

I like it.

Shemozzle Sat 26-Nov-16 22:21:09

I love it, but I honestly think it's about to BOOM. I've seen it mentioned on Facebook parenting groups on name posts more and more over the last few years and the Oliver's have just called their baby that too. I remember Poppy was a bit out there when they had her so River will probably go the same way.

Deadsouls Sat 26-Nov-16 22:21:34

I don't think it's out there. This name is gaining in popularity. Always been fond of it.

LovingLola Sat 26-Nov-16 22:22:16

River Rocket Oliver?

MouldyPeach Sat 26-Nov-16 22:23:23

I love it

AuntieStella Sat 26-Nov-16 22:24:30

I think it's become widely known as a female name because of River Song.

And there are a heck of a lot of Whovians out there.


cheweduprope Sat 26-Nov-16 22:26:06

I think it's cool. Definitely a boys name.

lozengeoflove Sat 26-Nov-16 22:26:58

It's gorgeous. Go for it.

BobbieDog Sat 26-Nov-16 22:29:14

Is it unisex?

GlacindaTheTroll Sat 26-Nov-16 22:30:42

It is now!

River Song is an awesome character

TVandwine Sat 26-Nov-16 22:35:24

I know three Rivers and they are all girls. I always thought it was more of a boys name though.

OSETmum Sat 26-Nov-16 22:56:49

I really like it.

whattheheck1 Sat 26-Nov-16 22:58:39

My dog is called River. From people's reactions, I'd say the majority don't like the name.

The most common assumption is that it's after River Phoenix.

Not trying to put you off! I love it and was most put out when Jamie Oliver "copied" me, ha ha!

AlanThicke Sat 26-Nov-16 23:00:52

What is a "nice" school and what does that have to do with anything?

user1480198351 Sat 26-Nov-16 23:11:08

I was just asking about school because if I thought the child would get bullied or teased because of the name, I wouldn't go with it.

SquirmOfEels Sat 26-Nov-16 23:15:41

Whether a child is bullied because if their name depends more on the community than the name IYSWIM.

I'm in London, and there is such a diversity of names that unless it's a homophobe or near homophones for something sweary or plain risible, it doesn't seem to feature as a cause (though if a child is being picked on, everything about them with be panned as wrong)

enchantmentandlove Sat 26-Nov-16 23:16:09

I really like River. Dh would never agree to a name like that as it's a little 'out there' but I think it's lovely

Pluto30 Mon 28-Nov-16 23:52:43

River Phoenix.

The only River who'll ever be able to pull off the name, IMO.

AnnieAnoniMouse Tue 29-Nov-16 00:16:36

I don't like it. I don't like any of the Skye, Autumn, Willow, Ivy type names.

But it's YOUR baby and if you like it, then use it. Kids tease & are teased, it's part of growing up, might as well be his name as anything else <shrug> However, these days I think it'll barely rate a mention to be honest.

JudgeJudySheidlin Tue 29-Nov-16 22:05:22

River is a great name & there is such diversity in name choices nowadays that I don't think it has much teasing potential. Kids will find something to tease each other about anyway.

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