Stream of water that flows to the sea






Emily P.

PupNames.com Contributor

River is a pawsome dog name, perfect for your adventurous, free-spirited fur-baby. It's unisex, so it's great for both your male and female pups. It's a nod to the iconic River Song from Doctor Who, making it a hit with sci-fi fans. Plus, it's a tribute to the late River Phoenix, ideal for movie buffs. Etymologically, River symbolizes a constant flow of love and energy, just like our canine companions. So, if you want a name that's cool, meaningful, and pop-culture savvy, let your doggo make a splash with the name River!

Traits associated with the name River:

Dogs named River tend to be loving, affectionate, and good-natured. This name is also associated with companionship, beauty, and empathy.

What does it say about you to have a dog named River?

That you have a creative and unique sense of style. You may also have a strong connection to nature and the outdoors.

Is River a good dog name?

River has two syllables, which is highly recommended by dog trainers. River is a widely loved dog name for good reason. If you like it, go for it!

Popularity: Overall

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River is one of the more popular dog names out there. According to our data, River outranks the great majority of names.

Popularity: Historical Trend

River was, in the past month, the 244th most viewed dog name on PupNames.com.

As of February 2024, River is becoming ever more niche with new puppy owners. Our stats suggest that the name is less fashionable than it was at this time last year.

In general, this name has held steady in popularity with PupNames.com visitors.

In the past week, River was viewed 103 times, and liked 6 times.

Popularity: United States

The map below shows River's popularity across the United States, according to PupNames data.

River is most adored in District of Columbia, West Virginia and Alabama.

By contrast, the name has been shown the least amount of interest in Massachusetts, Nevada and North Carolina.

Popularity: Around The World

And this world map shows which countries have the greatest love for the name River.

Most popular breeds named River:

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. German Shepherd
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. Beagle
  5. Australian Shepherd

River is found in these categories:

nature dog names

It's inspired by flowing bodies of water found outdoors.

flower dog names

Water bodies often symbolize growth and life, similar to botanical elements.

ocean dog names

Both are large bodies of water, symbolizing a connection to nature and tranquility.

cool dog names

Evokes serene nature vibes and nods to iconic Firefly character.

brown dog names

Muddy waters flowing match their warm, earthy fur perfectly!

Dog names like River:

Inspired by Rocky Balboa.
Gamekeeper; a rover or wanderer
Sigourney weaver's character.
Always slow-moving.
Shade From Sun
a reddish-brown color resembling the color of polished copper
River dog name meaning

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