Vivian: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Vivian

Vivian

Pronunciation: VI-vee-ən (key)

Origin of the name Vivian:

Cognate of the French Vivien (alive), a male name derived from the Latin Vivianus, which has its root in vivus (alive). Although in Great Britain it is occasionally bestowed upon females, the alternate spelling Vivien is the more common female form. In Arthurian legend, Vivian was the name of the Lady of the Lake, an enchantress who was the mistress of Merlin.

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My first name is Vivian. I hated it as a name growing up in the 1980s, it sounded so old and stuffy to me, compared to my friends who were all callled Kim, Tracey, Cindy, Ginger, Robin and other such cutesy names. I opted to go by my middle name instead, which is Alycia. Now, as an adult I love the name Vivian, and am very proud of it. I really wished I had toughed it out and used it as my name. It is elegant, and sophisticated. I would love to have the nickname "Viv" or "Vivie" both of which are so "now" as names.

My grandmother, whom I never met, was Adelaide Vivian. I hear she was a saint.

We named our daughter Vivian. It has been met with a warm reception. We use Viv for nickname occasionally.

My two year old daughter's name is Vivian. I have had nothing but positive comments on her name. We call her Viv or Vivi as a nickname. I love that it is classic, easy to spell and pronounce, yet fairly uncommon. As a teacher, all of these were so important to me!

Nicknames for Vivian: | Edit

Viv
Vi
Vivi/Vivie
Viviana
Fi
Fifi
Nan
Van
Vivo
Ivy
Annie

Meanings and history of the name Vivian: | Edit

Vivian is Latin name meaning lively or alive, it used to
Often be a boys name but that fell out of fashion as it became increasingly popular as a girls name, though it has always been occasionally given to girls and now mostly
Just girls. There are many nick names and alternate spellings. The above infirmation is correct and more detailed.

Famous real-life people named Vivian: | Edit

Vivian Vance, American actress
Vivian Dandridge, American actress
Vivian Green, American singer
Vivian Joseph, American figure skater
Vivian Hsu, Taiwanese singer

Vivian in song, story & screen: | Edit

Vivian Banks, character on the '90s sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
Lady of the Lake, in Arthurian mythology, sometimes named Viviane
Vivian, a character from Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
Vivian was the name of call-girl, main character in the 1990 film Pretty Woman played by Julia Roberts
Vyvyan Basterd, a character on the 1980s British TV comedy The Young Ones
Vivian Harmon, a character on the TV series American Horror Story
Princess Vivian is a minor character in Sofia the First

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