There’s something marvelous about water. Flowing streams have a peaceful quality, and rivers are breathtaking sights. Water has lots to offer, including inspiration for a baby name.

The cup runneth over with cool and refreshing water names, including Ocean, Hudson, River, Mackenzie, and Jordan. Our favorite water name is the four-letter

winner, Nile. The name is an Irish variation of Niall, meaning champion. Unlike the five-letter, Scandinavian version, Niles, the streamlined form hasn’t made the top 1000 boy's names chart in over a century. The more popular Niles ranks #1161 while Nile ranks #3114.

Fans of pop music may associate the name with composer and guitarist Nile Rodgers. He is the musical genius behind some of the world’s number one hits, including David Bowie’s Let’s Dance, Madonna’s Like a Virgin, Will Smith’s Gettin’ Jiggy With It, and Daft Punk’s Get Lucky.

So, if an uncommon name that feels familiar is appealing, consider this outdoorsy moniker. Just like the river in Egypt, the name just flows. It’s only a matter of time before it becomes mainstream.

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