Water Names: April showers bring thoughts of Rain and River

April showers bring not only May flowers, but thoughts of water names, a category which more and more parents are finding refreshingly appealing. These include generic bodies of water appellations like Lake and Bay and Brook(e), the names of individual lakes and rivers and, finally, names whose meaning relate to water. Here are the Nameberry Picks for the 12 best water names.


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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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14 Responses to “Water Names: April showers bring thoughts of Rain and River”

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Samantha-Bianca Says:

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!

Poppy528 Says:

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!

moxielove Says:

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.

moxielove Says:

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

Whirligig Says:

April 13th, 2012 at 3:21 am

Not that keen on these but nice pictures

jame1881 Says:

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.

edenlyla13 Says:

April 13th, 2012 at 9:48 am

I love Loire,Geneva, and Thalassa! I prefer Thalia over Thalassa though.

Kibby Says:

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!

rachel27 Says:

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.

DancersVenture Says:

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!

thunderdragon424 Says:

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.

KickinKay Says:

April 14th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Ginevra Lake “Ginny” is on my top 10 list:)

tct1219 Says:

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).

OceaneBreeze Says:

May 23rd, 2013 at 4:39 pm

I love the french ‘Oceane’!

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