Water Names: April showers bring thoughts of Rain and River
Since we don’t advocate calling your April baby Shower, the closest we can come is Rain, also spelled Raine. The now-grown daughter of Richard Pryor is Rain (she named her own daughter Lotus), and one of the nature-named Phoenix family is Rain. Raina is an alternate option—or you could go regal and spell it Reign, the middle name of Willow Smith; the male actor Rainn Wilson’s parents added an ‘n’.
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on April 12th, 2012 at 11:42 pm
Don’t forget Rivers Cuomo, who is the frontman of band Weezer. He grew up in some kind of hippy commune!
on April 13th, 2012 at 1:19 am
I’ll add Hebrew names Agam (meaning lake), which I hear is used a bit in Israel, and Mayim (meaning water) as in Bialik. The Passover story always makes me think of water as Miriam hid baby Moses in a basket among the rushes at the river… Happy last days of Pesach!
on April 13th, 2012 at 1:21 am
I knew a little boy named Nile. I thought it was such a wonderful boy. Unfortunately, he was autistic and his mother (the parents were separated) thought that it was God’s way of punishing them for having given him a “heathen name” and so she started calling him Adam. As you can imagine, being called by 2 different names did him no favors.
Such a sad story for what I always thought was such a wonderful and evocative name.
When I first came across the name Niall I thought it was pronounced like Nile, but have been informed that it is closer to Neil, which I find a shame.
on April 13th, 2012 at 1:22 am
And for the record, my favorite water inspired names are
not so literal but all with strong meanings
on April 13th, 2012 at 3:21 am
Not that keen on these but nice pictures
on April 13th, 2012 at 8:23 am
I’ve been liking Raina for a while, and just a few weeks ago I met a Maris.
on April 13th, 2012 at 9:48 am
I love Loire,Geneva, and Thalassa! I prefer Thalia over Thalassa though.
on April 13th, 2012 at 11:32 am
Love many of these! But isn’t Lucerne a brand of milk?? Pretty sure it is here in Canada anyway!
on April 13th, 2012 at 1:09 pm
I like Rain quite a bit– I knew a Rainn (male) in high school, and never really questioned the name. I actually like it a lot.
on April 13th, 2012 at 4:47 pm
I really like Loire (pronounced the French way!) & Maris, River, Nile…there are some great suggestions here. I do like ‘Constance’ for Lake Constance in Germany as well! I did know a girl named Seneca (one of the 5 Finger Lakes in the US) growing up, and thought it was a very pretty name!
on April 14th, 2012 at 3:42 pm
One of my best friends and her sister both have water middle names. They are named after their parents’ favorite vacation spots. My friend’s middle name is Chelan for the lake her sister’s middle name is Mackenzie for the river. So they are Alaina Chelan and Lauren Mackenzie.
on April 14th, 2012 at 4:52 pm
Ginevra Lake “Ginny” is on my top 10 list:)
on July 21st, 2012 at 9:56 am
Caspian, Neva, and Bay get my vote (though Bay is my daughter so I’m biased on that one).
on May 23rd, 2013 at 4:39 pm
I love the french ‘Oceane’!
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