Gender: Female Meaning of Vivian: "life" Origin of Vivian: Latin Vivian's Popularity in 2018: #96

Vivian Origin and Meaning

The name Vivian is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "life".

Vivian, once an elderly lady name, is on the rise, along with all form of girl names that mean life -- from Zoe to Eva to those who share the vivid Viv syllable.

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 has given Vivienne a recent boost in popularity. An adult namesake is the British designer Vivienne Westwood.

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Rank in US: #96

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ashleycarter Says:


The one Vivian I know is my older cousin and despite being a simple blonde German girl, she is smart, beautiful and kind. A huge inspiration to me when I was younger.

Daiseymae Says:


Very pretty

HarrietKimberleyG Says:


This is definitely in my top 10 list for baby names. Along with Odette and Luna. A cute nick name would be Vivi. Vivian-Belle is a wonderful coupled first name.

espiritu-libre Says:


When I was younger, the only Vivian I knew was a boy. Now I've never heard it on a boy since, and it feels strange on a boy now.

Kimbie Says:


I named my cat this name because I really liked it. Did not know the meaning of the name at the time, but to find out it means “life” is perfect because I rescued her and gave her a new and much happier life! Often called her Vivi, but the vet (she said she loved the name) called her Miss Vivian.

lauren.deaton Says:


adorable on a little girl yet beautiful on a grown woman! I like this because not many names start with v which makes this name both intriguing and unique... the name Vivian makes me think of the word vibe which gives me a feeling that has a fun happy vibe and that is exactly what i would want my daughter to have (:

JVMG Says:


This name is guaranteed to a classic beauty. Sophisticated and cool

Julie Says:


This is my daughter's name. We choose it because we wanted classy, elegant, and vintage-but nothing trendy. We also wanted something appropriate for all life stages. We aren't into cutsie names.

EW314 Says:


I like the name, but prefer the Vivien spelling for a girl. I really dislike Vivienne, though - it's just one of the many Frenchified uber-feminine versions of perfectly lovely, elegant names which are overtaking their traditional counterparts (Juliette, Isabelle, Violette). I much prefer the pared back spellings.

fromtheocean12 Says:


Love this name so much. It sounds so full of life and happy! And I love the nicknames Vivi or Viv (Viv from the Beau Rivage books by Sarah Cross <3)

raefrank Says:


To me this name is very elegant. It's sweet on a little girl, but sounds beautiful on an adult. I would like to name our little girl Vivian, but alas, my husband doesn't think it goes well with our last name.

Guest Says:


Amazing how this used to be an old woman name now it's fresh again and zooming up the charts! It's so pretty now!

AnonymousPerson Says:


The first Vivian I new was a little Russian girl with a brother named Ivan.

CocoWhite Says:


Maybe it's because of the snobby Vivian Kensington from Legally Blonde, but there's just something about this name that sounds so spoiled to me.