What does Vivian mean?
Vivian \v(i)-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.
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)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Vivian for girls. Vivian reached its top rank of #73 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, and is presently at #98. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Prominent varying forms of Vivian (#98 last year) are Vina, Viviana (#454 last year), Vivien and Vivienne (#249). These girl names are at the peak of their popularity presently (usage of 0.4398%), except for the version Vina which has become less stylish. Vivian (#98), Viviana (#454) and Vivienne (#249) are three of the more chic names for newborns among these, and there is a rekindling in baby name usage for Vivian and Vivienne. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Vivian and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)