Ane theory for the oreegin o the name Riga is that it is a corruptit borraein frae the Liv ringa meanin luip, referrin tae the auncient natural harbour formed bi the tributary luip o the Daugava. The ither is that Riga awes its name tae this awready-established role in commerce atween East an Wast, as a borraein o the Latvian rija, for threshin barn, the "j" becomin a "g" in German—notably, Riga is cried Rie bi Inglis geographer Richard Hakluyt (1589), an German historian Dionysius Fabricius (1610) confirms the oreegin o Riga frae rija. Anither theory coud be that Riga wis named efter Riege, the German name for the River Rīdzene, a tributary o the Daugava.
↑Vauchez et al. Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages. Routledge, 2001
↑ 9.09.1Bilmanis, A. Latvia as an Independent State. Latvian Legation. 1947.
↑Pronouncing the "i" and "e" separately, REE-eh, is the best approximation tae the Latvian rija, as "Ria" wad result in an "i" no "ee" soond.
↑Fabrius, D. Livonicae Historiae Compendiosa Series, 1610: Riga nomen sortita est suum ab aedificiis vel horreis quorum a litus Dunae magna fuit copia, quas livones sua lingua Rias vocare soliti.(Laitin)