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<p>We find out a week from tomorrow if we are having another girl or a boy - we like gender neutral names, and had picked out a first name when we were pregnant from before with one of the m/c babies - River.</p>
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<p>Thing is, while I love it for a girl (think River Tam from Firefly/Serenity), I'm becoming more ambivalent about it for a boy. It would be River James for a boy - our last name is hard to spell, but easy to say, Br______, 2 syllables. Our DD's name is Riley Ann. I like the nickname Riv for a boy, but I'm waffling on River. I am really feeling boy vibes this time around, and I know DH will expect that that is going to be our boy's name...</p>
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<p>so is it too feminine? Too weird? Is there something with a similar feel (strong name, we like Js, Ks, Rs, Vs, as beginning letters) that is not super popular but not too out there? Be honest!!</p>
 

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<p>I had a male friend named River when I was younger, and I actually hadn't thought of it as a female name until reading your post.  I had always thought of it as male.  I love the name!</p>
 

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<p>I think it's fine for a boy. There was River Phoenix :) And there's a boy at DS2's preschool named River.</p>
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<p>I prefer it for a girl, too, bt I think that's because I love River from Firefly. Maybe you could suggest other nature names if it's a boy? Clay, Storm, Rain, Ash, Forest/Forrest, Hawk, Wolf. FWIW, the one baby name site I looked at listed River as a male name!</p>
 

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<p>I definitely think of River as a boys name.  I love it.  dd#2 has a River in her class and he is SOOO cute.  He has this head full of ringlet curls and she calls him River with the crazy hair.  I like the name!</p>
 

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<p>My teenage nephew is River and I love his name. I don't think it's feminine at all.</p>
 

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<p>I think that's very gender neutral to me. I've never known anyone other than River Phoenix with the name!</p>
 

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<p>I always thought of River as a girl's name. Then River Phoenix came along. Since then, I think it's either/both female or male, but I tend toward female (just like Jocelyn or Evelyn or Leslie). </p>
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<p>I've never known a female named River, but I so know a little boy named River. Good-luck deciding; you're further along on deciding than we are.</p>
 

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<p>No! I still think River is very boy or girl and I like it!! I think River James is super handsome, and if he wants to go by a 'regular' boys name later he can always use James.</p>
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<p>We live in a midwestern town; not a hippie to be found, I often with we lived in AK again where different names are a little more acceptable. I'll admit it- I've always wanted to name one of the girls Raven.</p>
 

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I've only every heard of it as a boys name. It doesn't sound feminine to me at all, and I love it with James as the middle name.
 

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<p>I only think of River Tam. So no help here...sorry. </p>
 

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<p>I love River and Riley.  They sound like great siblings together!</p>
 

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<p>Although I can see it for a girl, River gives me a super-strong boy vibe. </p>
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<p>I see it as gender neutral if that helps.</p>
 

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<p>I think of it as gender neutral. River Phoenix (<span><img alt="luxlove.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/luxlove.gif"></span>) and River Tam (<span><img alt="luxlove.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/luxlove.gif"></span><span><img alt="luxlove.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/luxlove.gif"></span>) are the only people I have heard of named River but I love River James. I think that coupled with a nice strong masculine name like James it is very male.</p>
 
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