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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 girl names Beibhinn and Tivian.


Vivian is a very popular first name for females (#184 out of 4276, Top 4%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#10963 out of 88799, Top 12%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Vivian for girls. Vivian reached its highest rank of #73 in the U.S. in 1920-1929. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Vivian name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Vivian outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Vivian and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Vivian (#98), Vivienne (#249), Viviana (#454) and Vivien. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Vivian, Viviana, Vivien, Vivienne in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Vivian outside U.S.