Vivian Name Meaning & Origin
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.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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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.
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Vivian Vance, American actress
Vivian Dandridge, American actress
Vivian Green, American singer
Vivian Joseph, American figure skater
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- Vivian in song, story & screen
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 Ward was the name of the 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