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Vivian meaning and name origin
Vivian \v(i)-vian\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's 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 variant forms: 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.
For more information, see also related names Beibhinn and Tivian. Baby names that sound like Vivian are Vevina, Favianna and Fifine.
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Popularity of Vivian
Vivian is a very popular first name for women (#184 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#10963 out of 88799) (1990 U.S. Census).
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