Yes, really. The family’s original surname was Bottom, and his parents named him River after the river in Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha.
And that’s not all. He was born in a log cabin in Oregon.
“River Bottom was born in a log cabin in Oregon.” Sounds like the first line of a long-forgotten 19th-century American novel, doesn’t it?
Which do you think is worse, River Bottom or Cole Sellar?
P.S. River’s middle name, Jude, came from the Beatles song “Hey Jude.”
Source: Wake, Jacqueline. “Face of the Day.” Herald [Glasgow] 20 Jul. 2000: 40.