Joaquin Phoenix has had the internet in sobs ever since we learned his sentimental choice of name for his newborn son, his first child with actress Rooney Mara.
According to Viktor Kossakovsky, the director of Joaquin's latest film project Gunda, the new dad has chosen to name his son River after his older brother who tragically died in 1993 from an accidental drug overdose.
The brothers shared a special bond and his name choice is a beautiful tribute.
If the nature-themed name has triggered your interest for naming your child, this list should be of some assistance.
Baby names inspired by fire:
Meaning: Little fire
Meaning: Eternal flame
Meaning: Fire of Yahweh
Meaning: He who holds the torch
Meaning: builder of fire
Meaning: she who light the way/ she who bears the light
Meaning: Rising in the sky
Meaning: Goddess of Fire
Meaning: Dark red, deep scarlet; the mythical bird who rises from the ashes
Meaning: She who shines bright
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Baby names inspired by water:
Meaning: The sea
Meaning: A stream
Meaning: The halcyon is generally known as a mythical bird, who could calm the seas.
Meaning: A body of water which runs deep.
Meaning: She who comes with the rain
Meaning: mother of rain
Pule (M) / Puleng (F)
Meaning: Condensed water which falls to the earth in water droplets
Origin: Old English
Meaning: Rain; River
Origin: Hebrew; Hindi
Meaning: A large, natural stream; peace; tranquillity
Meaning: Dew of Heaven
Varsha; Varisha (F)
Meaning: Rain; monsoon
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Baby names inspired by air:
Meaning: A cloud, prophecy, divination
Meaning: Air; Lioness
Origin: Italian; Hebrew
Meaning: Sky blue
Meaning: Free wind
Meaning: Derivative of moist, foggy morning air
Meaning: Rain cloud
Meaning: Cloud; shelter; Isle of Skye
Origin: English; Scottish
Meaning: Warm wind
Origin: Italian; Arabic
Baby names inspired by Earth:
Meaning: Titan who was the bearer of the heavens
Meaning: Narrow, rough segment of mountaintop
Slate / Slater (M)
Meaning: Metamorphic rock
Meaning: Poetic term for 'valley'
Origin: Latin, old French, middle English
Meaning: Earth mother
Meaning: Planet earth; in Roman mythology, Terra is the goddess of the earth. It's been alleged that Terra had four children: Summer, Winter, Spring, Autumn.
Meaning: Born during the harvest
Meaning: Earthy colour, reddish-orange colour; Tuscan town
Meaning: Level, tropical grassland; Open plain
Origin: Spanish; Taino (Native American)
Meaning: Place of great bliss
Meaning: Place of pleasure, delight
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Baby names inspired by trees:
Meaning: Of the forest
Meaning: Deciduous broad-leaf tree
Meaning: Umbrella title for trees of a certain species
Meaning: Oak tree
Meaning: Myrtle tree
Meaning: Coniferous tree part of the cypress family
Meaning: Small meadow/ fortress
Meaning: A tree part of the Tilia species
Origin: Old English
Meaning: Oak wood or clearing
Meaning: Species name for over 400 deciduous trees and shrubs
Baby names after flowers:
Many baby girls are often named after different types of flowers. There are occasions where people name their babies after flowers, but in their native languages and in accordance with their culture. Boys are seldom named after flowers.
Brier: The French variation of Heather
Meaning: Beautiful flower
Meaning: Bloom/ Flower
Baby names inspired by herbs:
Meaning: Name of the plant known to bring about a sense of tranquillity and alleviates anxiety
Meaning: Name of herb and flower
Meaning: The rosemary plant; dew of the sea
Meaning: Wise and knowing; Herb plant
Baby names inspired by wild creatures:
Foxes are known as smart, creative and cunning wild animals. Celts believed the fox would be a guide in the spirit world and it was revered for its wisdom.
Origin: Latin; Greek; Old English
Baby names inspired by birds:
Doves are often recognised as a symbol of peace and tranquillity.
The falcon is known as a fast, agile bird. Even though its smaller in size, it is one of the many powerful birds of prey.
Hawks, who also fall into the class of birds of prey, are said to be one of the most intelligent bird species. While they are violent raptors, some tend to be quiet and gentle as well.
The lark is a melodious small to medium sized bird, but it also features in mythology and literature where it is a symbol for spiritual daybreak.
Generally sparrows are small, 'stocky' birds. They are often referenced in literature and religious texts. They're social birds and don't mind interacting with humans.
This bird could be likened to that of the robin - it is also a songbird.
Baby names inspired by precious stones:
Meaning: Jewel; Purple birthstone for February
Meaning: Pomegranate; Jewel name
Meaning: Precious stone
Meaning: Gem name; Deep, jet black colour
Meaning: Precious; birthstone for June
Meaning: Deep red birthstone for July
Meaning: Precious stone; Birthstone for September
Which of these names has got your attemtion? Have you given your baby a name inspired by nature?
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