Livian pronounced like Vivian with an "L".

I am quite certain I love Livian, pronounced like Vivian. Short name would be Liv or Livi (short I sound). I'm a bit nervous to go so unique. So what do you think of Livian Elizabeth?? Elizabeth after great grandma. 


July 6, 2017 12:05 PM

I can see the attraction. And I do like nicknames Liv and Livi slightly better than Viv or Vivi.

I do think that it will be confused with Vivian a lot. The L even looks a little like a sideways V.

I have learned from this sight that Liv is a name on its own, if that's of interest.

Elizabeth is always a great choice imo, especially with the family connection.

July 6, 2017 1:40 PM

Livian Elizabeth is a bit of a tongue twister to me (with the i sounds in "Liv" and "liz" as well as both of those short i's having an "l in front of them).

But, I think meaning is more important than sound and first/middle names aren't said together that often. Just throwing it out there in case you'd be inclined to say the first/middle together often. 

ETA: I originally wrote a longer response that triggered the spam filter. I have no idea what triggered it. 

July 6, 2017 6:47 PM

As I said on your previous thread I really like it. Between it's similarity to the names Livia, Vivian (and arguably Olivia) I don't think it's so unique as to be shocking, I think most, if not all, adults would take it in stride and certainly I don't think your daughter's peers would think it at all outlandish. If you love it you should use it. 

By EVie
July 7, 2017 10:42 AM

Livian is an example of creative naming that I really enjoy: it has a totally plausible etymological derivation from a real name/word in a real language. Specificially, Livianus/Liviana, which is a historical Roman name (see:, a variant of the nomen Livius. Other names that follow this pattern have lost their inflected ending in the same way that you've dropped the ending of Liviana: Julianus/Juliana -> Julian, Vivianus/Viviana -> Vivian, etc. So if anyone ever asks you where the name came from, you have an authentic source to cite, even if that's not actually where you got it from ;) (Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a pretty "meaning": it probably comes from Latin liveo, "to envy," or lividus, "envious, invidious, spiteful, malicious," or rather more positively, "of a blue or leaden color, bluish, blue; livid." Those Romans really liked to use each others' worst qualities for names.)

Livian Elizabeth would not be my favorite combination based on sound, as I find the liv/liz almost-repetition a bit tricky to say. But if it's your grandmother's name and means a lot to you, I think that trumps any style issue. 

July 15, 2017 4:32 AM

I think it is ok,  prefer Livia, Lavinia or Olivia

July 21, 2017 4:28 PM

I never heard of the name Livian but I like how unique it is, It also sounds so pretty and I adore the nicknames for it like Liv and Livi, As for me Olivia and other names that give this nickname are just too common. I really Like Livian though and contrary to what some one else said I think Elizabeth goes great with it,I can say it just fine. PLease update us on what you chose! I really love this name though :)