What does Vivian mean?
Vivian [vi-vian] as a girls' name (also used less widely as boys' name Vivian) is pronounced VIV-ee-en. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Vivian is "lively". An ancient personal name; a saint's name. The name has been common only since the 19th century. In Malory's "Morte d'Arthur", Vivien was the Lady of the Lake and also the enchantress of Merlin. Though not linguistically related, Vivian has been used as an English version of the Irish Gaelic name Bebhinn. See also Vianna. Actresses Vivien Leigh, Vivian Vance.
Vivian▲ has 25 variants: Bibi, Bibiana, Bibiane, Bibianna, Bibianne, Bibyana, Vevay, Vi, Vibiana, Viv, Vivee, Vivi, Vivia, Viviana▲, Viviane, Vivianna, Vivianne, Vivien, Vivienne▲, Vivyan, Vivyana, Vivyanne, Vyvyan, Vyvyana and Vyvyanne.Creative forms:
(female) Vevian, Vivina, ..
(male) Vivine, Vivon, .. Middle name pairings:
Vivian Saniya (V.S.), ..
How popular is Vivian?
Vivian is a very prominent first name for females (#184 out of 4276, Top 4%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#11070 out of 150436, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Vivian reached its top rank of #75 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, and is presently at #95. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent varying forms of Vivian (#95 last year) are Vina, Viviana (#427 last year), Vivianna (#1243), Vivianne (#1516), Vivien (#1085) and Vivienne (#233). Other variants, like Viana, are seldom used. These forms of Vivian are at the peak of their popularity presently (median #942). Vivian is the firm favorite, although Viviana appears to be gaining favor too, while Vina has become less contemporary.
Similar NamesRecommended names are Adrian▼, Aidan, Cerian, Ciaran, Damian, Darian▼, Devan▼, Dian, Dillan, Dillian, Dorian, Eavan, Eilean, Eirian, Elian, Evan, Ghilian, Gilian, Gillan, Gillian▼, Jilian, Jillan, Jillian▼, Kadian, Lilian▲, Lillian, Lilyan, Livia▲, Lorian, Marian▼, Miran, Mirian, Niran, Rian, Sian, Sioban, Siusan, Tirian, Tiryan, Tivyan, Troian, Tyvyan, Van, Vania, Vava, Vavka (see Varvara), Venia, Vevina, Vica, Vida▼, Vieda, Vika, Viki, Vilma, Vinia, Vinica, Vinita, Vinya, Viola▼, Violant, Viridian, Virna, Vita, Vitia, Vitka, Viva▼, Viveca, Viveka, Vivica, Vivika and Vivva. These names tend to be less commonly used than Vivian.See names in meaning and etymology.