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What does Vivian mean?

Vivian Pronunciation of Vivian 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH ancient (old), saint, 19th century, lady (noble), lake (river)


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, Vyvyanne

SEE ALSO Beibhinn, Tivian




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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 #96. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Vivian name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Vivian (#96 LAST YEAR) are Vina, Viviana (#422), Vivianna (#1181), Vivianne (#1410), Vivien (#1212) and Vivienne (#268). Other variants, like Viana, are seldom used. These forms of Vivian were at the peak of their popularity 3 years ago (MEDIAN #942) and have remained as common to this day (#941, 3%). Vivian is the firm favorite, although Vivien appears to be gaining favor too, while Vina has become less contemporary.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Vivian, Vina, Viviana, Vivianna, Vivianne in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Vivien, Vivienne in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike 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.

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