We are
creative
& strategic.

We bring
top notch namers,
writers, TM attorneys,
global linguists, and
designers to
every project.

I found the responsiveness and thoroughness of River + Wolf very impressive. They also went above and beyond in responding to our (sometimes changing) attitudes towards names, which required that they explore quite a few concepts on our behalf. Margaret was extremely knowledgeable and was clearly an expert in her field.

Jeremy Tillman, President, Head of Marketing and Product, Ghostery

Thank you again for the quick turnarounds on the naming project and great body of work shared. I look forward to another opportunity to partner with River + Wolf in the future.

Felicia Midgett, Senior Manager, Agency Operations, Coca Cola

River + Wolf was very methodical throughout the process, keeping us informed each step of the way. Their principal was incredibly responsive, and we were very impressed with their understanding of the legal limitations of naming (their attorney was wonderful) as well as the wide net they cast to present us with so many good name options.

Dana Miller, V.P. Marketing, Crisp

I was extremely impressed by the work they did, the speed at which they delivered, and how they were able to come up with creative that met our budget. I doubt that many people are doing this in the world who are better than Margaret. There is nothing they could have done better.

Chris Allen, Co-Founder, CV Beverages

I was impressed by how they pinpointed our needs and provided a list of names that hit our brief perfectly. Within two rounds, they gave us a list of names that thoroughly fulfilled our requests. The workflow was great.

Meridith Miller, Chief of Staff, NCC Media

River + Wolf’s responsiveness was phenomenal, and I liked that the company principal was involved at all touch points. They were completely attentiveness to our specific goals. They did everything they promised and more.

Kevin Opps, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Encorus Group

River + Wolf developed an amazing presentation of widely varying names. The name we ended up selecting is a perfect fit with our interest in buying and selling quality homes, and the all-important concept of location.They exceeded expectations in both project management and creative development.

Troy Palmquist, Founder, The Address

Thanks to their expertise and strong project management skills, River + Wolf achieved the internal goal of creating an approachable and confident brand identity within a short time frame. Not only were they a knowledgeable and experienced partner, but they also provided excellent value for money.

Susan Scholes, CMO, iModules

All the names were such high-quality it was difficult to just pick one. We’ve only been using the new name for about three months, but there’s already a noticeable difference in how people perceive us.

Joseph Bramante, TriArc Properties

Through the use of masterful language and crystal-clear strategic thinking, River + Wolf helped us better organize and more clearly articulate the brand, mission, and vision of our PARTNERS® program. We could not have been happier with the results.

Yolande N. Spears, Vice-President, Education and Community Affairs, The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

The team at River + Wolf don’t just deliver—they exceed all expectations. They are unbelievably creative, enjoyable to work with, and thoroughly professional. We cannot recommend them highly enough.

Abe Tatar, Director, The Hysek Group, New York, NY

They were able to deliver something that I wouldn’t have thought possible given the timeframe. I’m personally happy with the outcome, and my team is as well. Margaret (Founder & Chief Creative), moved mountains to make sure that things got done on time and to my satisfaction.

Kashif Naqshbandi, Chief Marketing Officer, The Frank Group

Margaret is a wonderfully creative wordsmith, editor and naming expert. She adds value and insight into every project and consistently over-delivers. She has an easy, collaborative approach to her work that makes her a joy to work with.

Elainne Roberton, Director of Client Services, CB'a BrandEngine

There are very few sure things in life. River + Wolf is one of them. They bring calm, order, and laser-like focus to the complicated process of branding. This results in unparalleled excellence, delivered on time and on budget.

Steven Cayre, Principal, BlueFinch Investments

River + Wolf’s Margaret Wolfson intuitively understood the message I was trying to convey. Her suggestions were so creative and fresh, and yet so true to my brand's character and story. And her commitment to my business was absolutely stalwart. I feel completely confident saying: River & Wolf is the best of the best.

Elizabeth Lane, Founder, Quarterlane Books

Margaret [Wolfson, Chief Creative at River + Wolf] was all around a pleasure to work with. She is a true wordsmith and a genius at her profession. She did an amazing deep dive and came up with excellent company name options that my partner and I both loved.

Matt Maroone, Co-Founder, Silver Mirror

Margaret is wonderfully creative, using the deep insights, knowledge and inspiration of a long and entrepreneurial career in the arts to deliver compelling branding solutions.

Lohren Green, Head of Brand and Market Insights at Dolby Laboratories, San Francisco, CA

Thanks for all the great names and for such a clear and well-defined process. I will definitely keep River + Wolf in mind for future naming projects!

Bryce Goodwin, Director of Innovation, Belvedere Vodka

They performed very well. We find that a lot of marketing companies don’t understand our space since it’s quite technical in nature. Everything was right on budget and within our timeframe. We had the option of doing two rounds, but we opted not to do so since we were happy with the first round.

Jeremy Van Horn, Director, Strategy/Technology, IFD Corporation

Thank you for helping us achieve some great names that will drive the overall success of our color cosmetic line. It’s been a pleasure working with you!

William Melendez, Associate Marketing Manager, Burt’s Bees

Internal and external feedback to the name has been overwhelmingly positive. Expertise, creativity, and responsiveness are hallmarks of River + Wolf’s work. Too, they very supportive. Margaret has been a real champion for my company. Compared to River + Wolf, the communication I had with other agencies felt really impersonal.

Michel DuPres, CEO, Tandem Goods

I really enjoyed working with Margaret and her team. Margaret was very thorough, thoughtful, and she put a comprehensively creative touch on their process. River + Wolf’s name ideas dominated the top-20 list that was later generated by focus groups and consumer research. River + Wolf was easy to reach, thoughtful, and very helpful.

Ashley Davidson, Senior Marketing Manager, Big Fish Games

River + Wolf made a tremendous effort to ensure they met expectations and developed not only a fitting new name, but also rationale behind the name for effortless messaging. They go above and beyond to make sure they conform to our expectations. They worked so hard--even over the holidays--to ensure they found the perfect name for our company.

Marlea Clark, EVP, Marketing and Insights at Women’s Marketing Inc.

The project started slowly for us because we were going in different directions, but Margaret Wolfson is phenomenal and made it a really smooth, effortless process. The professionalism, psychological viewpoints, and knowledge of the business made River + Wolf an excellent partner for us.

Maria Roberti, Marketing Director, Ringmaster Technologies

We are fully satisfied with the name, and we are excited for our company to launch. We believe the name is creative and different without being too elusive. River + Wolf was efficient, creative, dedicated, and thoughtful. The moniker is representative of company goals and stands decidedly apart from others in the industry.

Joie Jager Hyman, Co-Founder, Hugo

Their level of creativity and passion for what they do set them apart from similar vendors. Their collaborative approach yielded outstanding results. Executive-level involvement ensures an enjoyable process. They consistently create exceptional deliverables.

Perry Abbenante, President, Abbenante Consulting Madécasse Chocolate

The team at River + Wolf brought a lot of value to the table. River + Wolf knows the naming business, including all of the legal ramifications that go into it. Through the transparent process, we had great conversations that led to an excellent outcome. We are super excited about our name.

Margaret Murphy, CEO, Bold Orange

I trusted River + Wolf to deliver perfectly. And they did. We’ve gotten a lot of praise from colleagues for the logo and brand name. River + Wolf was helpful throughout the entire process, which was very detailed. In addition to the naming suggestions, they were able to offer ways for us to develop our overall branding.

Linda Yin, Marketing Director, Foxx Development, Inc.

River + Wolf are great listeners and delivered a name that meets all requirements. Their responsiveness and flawless project management contributed to the positive experience. The internal team and the leadership are very impressed with the results.

Lydia Brantingham Payne, Marketing Communications Manager, PlasticsOne

Thank you for your passion and amazing skills. The process was absolutely fabulous. You went above and beyond and all of us at Unilever appreciate it. Feel free to use me as reference for future clients. I would be honored.

Gail B. Tifford, VP Media and Digital Engagement, Unilever North America

We’ve received positive feedback regarding the name. They excel at project management. I appreciated their approach and professionalism. It was easy to work with River + Wolf’s creative team. There’s nothing they need to improve.

Evgeny Blinov, Product Operations Director, Wargaming

Our team was very pleased with the new name. We’re looking forward to launching our new name in Europe with a name we can be proud of. The work flow was very easy. Margaret was a joy to work with and they were very understanding during the process. We had an exceptional experience.

Jamie Milas, VP of Marketing, Medical Micro Instruments S.p.A

We are so happy with the name River + Wolf helped us find. The whole team was regularly in touch and communication was excellent. River + Wolf combines professionalism with a personal touch to create a unique and rewarding engagement.

Nishant Batra, President, Wagg Inc

River + Wolf DNA

Our Name

Sometimes a river twists and turns, responsive to the lay of the land. Other times, it is an unstoppable force, carving its way through solid rock.

As to wolves, they’re known for their deep instinct, keen intelligence, and sense of loyalty. And since no two wolves make the same sound, the wolf is considered a precise and original communicator.

For these reasons and more, we believe River + Wolf is the perfect metaphor for how we work and what we stand for.

Our People

The people at River + Wolf are right brained and left. Dreamers and doers. Strategic planners and spontaneous creators. People who find inspiration in the great works of the past, the trends of today, and the visions of tomorrow.

These wide-ranging orientations are what enable us to hit the mark almost every single time.

River + Wolf DNA

Our Name

Sometimes a river twists and turns, responsive to the lay of the land. Other times, it is an unstoppable force, carving its way through solid rock.

As to wolves, they’re known for their deep instinct, keen intelligence, and sense of loyalty. And since no two wolves make the same sound, the wolf is considered a precise and original communicator.

For these reasons and more, we believe River + Wolf is the perfect metaphor for how we work and what we stand for.

Leadership

For more than a decade Margaret Wolfson has worked as a brand naming specialist for global and boutique agencies, leading out projects and developing company, product, and service names, brand stories, and marketing messages for both established and emerging companies. In 2014, she founded River + Wolf, a brand naming service and messaging company. As the Founder and Chief Creative of River + Wolf, Margaret is involved in every project, applying her well-honed creative and strategic expertise to helping companies of every size and industry. A sought after thought leader, she has been published or quoted in leading journals among them Forbes, The Next Web, the New York Times, NBC, Fast Company, and Crain’s to mention a few.

In addition to her branding pursuits, Margaret is an award-winning author of several books and accomplished artist-entrepreneur with a long history of producing/performing spoken arts concert throughout the world. Margaret received an MA from New York University.

Leadership

For more than a decade Margaret Wolfson has worked as a brand naming specialist for global and boutique agencies, leading out projects and developing company, product, and service names, brand stories, and marketing messages for both established and emerging companies. In 2014, she founded River + Wolf, a brand naming service and messaging company. As the Founder and Chief Creative of River + Wolf, Margaret is involved in every project, applying her well-honed creative and strategic expertise to helping companies of every size and industry. A sought after thought leader, she has been published or quoted in leading journals among them Forbes, The Next Web, the New York Times, NBC, Fast Company, and Crain’s to mention a few.

In addition to her branding pursuits, Margaret is an award-winning author of several books and accomplished artist-entrepreneur with a long history of producing/performing spoken arts concert throughout the world. Margaret received an MA from New York University.

Strategic Partners

Strategic Partners

The people at River + Wolf are right brained and left. Dreamers and doers. Strategic planners and spontaneous creators. People who find inspiration in the great works of the past, the trends of today, and the visions of tomorrow.

These wide-ranging orientations are what enable us to hit the mark almost every single time.

Jacqueline Lisk naming and writing

Jacqueline Lisk
Naming/Writing

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Caitlin Barrett brand naming specialist

Caitlin Barrett
Naming

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Courtney Maum brand and company naming specialist

Courtney Maum
Naming

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Elizabeth Evans
Client Support/Research

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Darren Geliebter, lawyer for company and brand naming projects

Darren Geliebter
IP Attorney

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Irasema Rivera designer and creative director

Irasema Rivera
Visual Branding

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I found the responsiveness and thoroughness of River + Wolf very impressive. They also went above and beyond in responding to our (sometimes changing) attitudes towards names, which required that they explore quite a few concepts on our behalf. Margaret was extremely knowledgeable and was clearly an expert in her field.

Jeremy Tillman, President, Head of Marketing and Product, Ghostery

Thank you again for the quick turnarounds on the naming project and great body of work shared. I look forward to another opportunity to partner with River + Wolf in the future.

Felicia Midgett, Senior Manager, Agency Operations, Coca Cola

River + Wolf was very methodical throughout the process, keeping us informed each step of the way. Their principal was incredibly responsive, and we were very impressed with their understanding of the legal limitations of naming (their attorney was wonderful) as well as the wide net they cast to present us with so many good name options.

Dana Miller, V.P. Marketing, Crisp

I was impressed by how they pinpointed our needs and provided a list of names that hit our brief perfectly. Within two rounds, they gave us a list of names that thoroughly fulfilled our requests. The workflow was great.

Meridith Miller, Chief of Staff, NCC Media

Thanks to their expertise and strong project management skills, River + Wolf achieved the internal goal of creating an approachable and confident brand identity within a short time frame. Not only were they a knowledgeable and experienced partner, but they also provided excellent value for money.

Susan Scholes, CMO, iModules

River + Wolf’s responsiveness was phenomenal, and I liked that the company principal was involved at all touch points. They were completely attentiveness to our specific goals. They did everything they promised and more.

Kevin Opps, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Encorus Group

They were able to deliver something that I wouldn’t have thought possible given the timeframe. I’m personally happy with the outcome, and my team is as well. Margaret (Founder & Chief Creative), moved mountains to make sure that things got done on time and to my satisfaction.

Kashif Naqshbandi, Chief Marketing Officer, The Frank Group

River + Wolf developed an amazing presentation of widely varying names. The name we ended up selecting is a perfect fit with our interest in buying and selling quality homes, and the all-important concept of location.They exceeded expectations in both project management and creative development.

Troy Palmquist, Founder, The Address

I was extremely impressed by the work they did, the speed at which they delivered, and how they were able to come up with creative that met our budget. I doubt that many people are doing this in the world who are better than Margaret. There is nothing they could have done better.

Chris Allen, Co-Founder, CV Beverages

All the names were such high-quality it was difficult to just pick one. We’ve only been using the new name for about three months, but there’s already a noticeable difference in how people perceive us.

Joseph Bramante, TriArc Properties

Through the use of masterful language and crystal-clear strategic thinking, River + Wolf helped us better organize and more clearly articulate the brand, mission, and vision of our PARTNERS® program. We could not have been happier with the results.

Yolande N. Spears, Vice-President, Education and Community Affairs, The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

The team at River + Wolf don’t just deliver—they exceed all expectations. They are unbelievably creative, enjoyable to work with, and thoroughly professional. We cannot recommend them highly enough.

Abe Tatar, Director, The Hysek Group, New York, NY

Margaret is a wonderfully creative wordsmith, editor and naming expert. She adds value and insight into every project and consistently over-delivers. She has an easy, collaborative approach to her work that makes her a joy to work with.

Elainne Roberton, Director of Client Services, CB'a BrandEngine

There are very few sure things in life. River + Wolf is one of them. They bring calm, order, and laser-like focus to the complicated process of branding. This results in unparalleled excellence, delivered on time and on budget.

Steven Cayre, Principal, BlueFinch Investments

River + Wolf’s Margaret Wolfson intuitively understood the message I was trying to convey. Her suggestions were so creative and fresh, and yet so true to my brand's character and story. And her commitment to my business was absolutely stalwart. I feel completely confident saying: River & Wolf is the best of the best.

Elizabeth Lane, Founder, Quarterlane Books

The team at River + Wolf brought a lot of value to the table. River + Wolf knows the naming business, including all of the legal ramifications that go into it. Through the transparent process, we had great conversations that led to an excellent outcome. We are super excited about our name.

Margaret Murphy, CEO, Bold Orange

Margaret [Wolfson, Chief Creative at River + Wolf] was all around a pleasure to work with. She is a true wordsmith and a genius at her profession. She did an amazing deep dive and came up with excellent company name options that my partner and I both loved.

Matt Maroone, Co-Founder, Silver Mirror

Margaret is wonderfully creative, using the deep insights, knowledge and inspiration of a long and entrepreneurial career in the arts to deliver compelling branding solutions.

Lohren Green, Head of Brand and Market Insights at Dolby Laboratories, San Francisco, CA

Thanks for all the great names and for such a clear and well-defined process. I will definitely keep River + Wolf in mind for future naming projects!

Bryce Goodwin, Director of Innovation, Belvedere Vodka

Thank you for helping us achieve some great names that will drive the overall success of our color cosmetic line. It’s been a pleasure working with you!

William Melendez, Associate Marketing Manager, Burt’s Bees

Internal and external feedback to the name has been overwhelmingly positive. Expertise, creativity, and responsiveness are hallmarks of River + Wolf’s work. Too, they very supportive. Margaret has been a real champion for my company. Compared to River + Wolf, the communication I had with other agencies felt really impersonal.

Michel DuPres, CEO, Tandem Goods

I really enjoyed working with Margaret and her team. Margaret was very thorough, thoughtful, and she put a comprehensively creative touch on their process. River + Wolf’s name ideas dominated the top-20 list that was later generated by focus groups and consumer research. River + Wolf was easy to reach, thoughtful, and very helpful.

Ashley Davidson, Senior Marketing Manager, Big Fish Games

River + Wolf made a tremendous effort to ensure they met expectations and developed not only a fitting new name, but also rationale behind the name for effortless messaging. They go above and beyond to make sure they conform to our expectations. They worked so hard--even over the holidays--to ensure they found the perfect name for our company.

Marlea Clark, EVP, Marketing and Insights at Women’s Marketing Inc.

They performed very well. We find that a lot of marketing companies don’t understand our space since it’s quite technical in nature. Everything was right on budget and within our timeframe. We had the option of doing two rounds, but we opted not to do so since we were happy with the first round.

Jeremy Van Horn, Director, Strategy/Technology, IFD Corporation

The project started slowly for us because we were going in different directions, but Margaret Wolfson is phenomenal and made it a really smooth, effortless process. The professionalism, psychological viewpoints, and knowledge of the business made River + Wolf an excellent partner for us.

Maria Roberti, Marketing Director, Ringmaster Technologies

We are fully satisfied with the name, and we are excited for our company to launch. We believe the name is creative and different without being too elusive. River + Wolf was efficient, creative, dedicated, and thoughtful. The moniker is representative of company goals and stands decidedly apart from others in the industry.

Joie Jager Hyman, Co-Founder, Hugo

Their level of creativity and passion for what they do set them apart from similar vendors. Their collaborative approach yielded outstanding results. Executive-level involvement ensures an enjoyable process. They consistently create exceptional deliverables.

Perry Abbenante, President, Abbenante Consulting Madécasse Chocolate

I trusted River + Wolf to deliver perfectly. And they did. We’ve gotten a lot of praise from colleagues for the logo and brand name. River + Wolf was helpful throughout the entire process, which was very detailed. In addition to the naming suggestions, they were able to offer ways for us to develop our overall branding.

Linda Yin, Marketing Director, Foxx Development, Inc.

River + Wolf are great listeners and delivered a name that meets all requirements. Their responsiveness and flawless project management contributed to the positive experience. The internal team and the leadership are very impressed with the results.

Lydia Brantingham Payne, Marketing Communications Manager, PlasticsOne

Thank you for your passion and amazing skills. The process was absolutely fabulous. You went above and beyond and all of us at Unilever appreciate it. Feel free to use me as reference for future clients. I would be honored.

Gail B. Tifford, VP Media and Digital Engagement, Unilever North America

We’ve received positive feedback regarding the name. They excel at project management. I appreciated their approach and professionalism. It was easy to work with River + Wolf’s creative team. There’s nothing they need to improve.

Evgeny Blinov, Product Operations Director, Wargaming

Our team was very pleased with the new name. We’re looking forward to launching our new name in Europe with a name we can be proud of. The work flow was very easy. Margaret was a joy to work with and they were very understanding during the process. We had an exceptional experience.

Jamie Milas, VP of Marketing, Medical Micro Instruments S.p.A

We are so happy with the name River + Wolf helped us find. The whole team was regularly in touch and communication was excellent. River + Wolf combines professionalism with a personal touch to create a unique and rewarding engagement.

Nishant Batra, President, Wagg Inc

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