What does Vivian mean?
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.more]
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)
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 2 years ago) are Vina, Viviana (#454 2 years ago), Vivien and Vivienne (#249). Other variants, like Viona, are seldom used. These forms of Vivian are at the peak of their popularity presently (average #560). Vivian is the firm favorite, although Viviana appears to be gaining favor too, while Vina has become less contemporary. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Vivian and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)