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Girl Name: Vivian

Name: Vivian
Pronunciation: \v(i)-vian\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl (Vivian's also a boy name)
Meaning: lively
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Beibhinn, Tivian
Sounds Like: Vevina, Favianna, Fifine
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, Vyvyanne
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 184
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 10963

Description

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.

View a list of the 5 names that reference Vivian.

Popularity

Vivian is a very popular first name for women (#184 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#10963 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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