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Gender: F Meaning of Vivian: "life" Origin of Vivian: Latin Vivian's Popularity in 2013: #119

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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 with the vivid Viv syllable. It's now at Number 119, 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.

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 322 last year, up 100 places since 2010. An adult namesake is the British designer Vivienne Westwood

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Famous People Named Vivian

Vivian Vance, American actress
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Vivian Joseph, American figure skater
Vivian Falcone, daughter of actress Melissa McCarthy and actor Ben Falcone
Vivian Hsu, Taiwanese singer
Vivian Chow, Cantonese pop singer/actress
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Vivian Lake Brady (b. 2012) - Daughter of supermodel Gisele Bündchen and football player Tom Brady

Pop Culture References for the Name Vivian

Vivian Alamain Kiriakis, character on TV soap "Days of Our Lives"
Vivian Ward, main character played by Julia Roberts in movie "Pretty Woman"
Vivian Banks aka "Aunt Viv," character on TV's "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
Vivian Sternwood, character in "The Big Sleep"
Vivian Smith-Smythe-Smith, a character from the Monty Python sketch "Upper Class Twit of the Year"
Vivian Volkoff, character on TV's "Chuck"
Vivian Joan Abbot Walker, character in "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood"