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Gender: F Meaning of Vivian: "life" Origin of Vivian: Latin Vivian's Popularity in 2016: #95

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 95, 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

Famous People Named Vivian

Vivian Roberta Vance, American actress
Vivian Alferetta Dandridge, American actress
Vivian Leigh, birth name of Viven Leigh, English actress
Vivian Rich, American actress
Vivian Green, American singer
Vivian Joseph, American figure skater
Vivian Hsu, Taiwanese singer
Vivian Chow, Cantonese pop singer/actress
Vivian Lai, Cantonese pop singer
Vivian Blaine, American actress
Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot, Kenyan Olympic distance runner
Vivian Lake Brady (b. 2012), daughter of supermodel Gisele Bundchen and football player Tom Brady
Vivian Falcone, daughter of actors Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone
Edith Vivian Patricia Upton (b. 2015), daughter of actress Cate Blanchett
Vivian Maier (1926-2009), American street photographer and nanny in Chicago's North Shore

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"
Vivian Regan, character in "The Big Sleep"
Vivian, character in the novel 'Goddess of Legend' (PC Cast)
Vivian Campbell, a cousin of Andromeda Campbell, fanfiction character from the prequel to "The Outsiders"
Vivian Kensington, character in Legally Blonde