Vivian, once an elderly lady name, is on the rise, along with all form of names that mean life -- from Zoe to Eva to those who share the vivid Viv syllable. It's now at Number 98, its highest ranking since 1950.
The name is famous in legend and literature from Vivian, the enchantress of Merlin in the Arthurian romances, spelled Vivien in Tennyson's Idylls of the King. Originally Vivian was the male form, Vivien the female: Vivien Leigh, for some reason, changed her name from Vivian. Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone have a daughter named Vivian, as do Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady. A memorable movie Vivian was played by Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.
Vivienne, the elaborated Gallic version, chosen first by Rosie O'Donnell for her daughter and then catapulted to superstardom when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie used it for their twin daughter. This celebrity stamp of approval landed Vivienne on the popularity list at Number 240 last year, up 31 places in one year. An adult namesake is the British designer Vivienne Westwood