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Gender: Female Meaning of Vivienne: "life" Origin of Vivienne: French variation of Vivian Vivienne's Popularity in 2017: #252

The name Vivienne is a girl's name of French origin meaning "life". Vivienne is ranked #252 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Beautiful Bohemian Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Vivienne is an elaborated Gallic version of the name Vivian, 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. An adult namesake is the British designer Vivienne Westwood. Rosie O'Donnell also has a daughter named Vivienne, known as Vivi.

The actress who played Scarlett O'Hara spelled her name Vivien (Leigh), but was born Vivian.

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Famous People Named Vivienne

Vivienne Sonia Segal, American actress
Vivienne Isabel Westwood, English fashion designer
Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot, English governess, writer and wife of poet T. S. Eliot
Vivienne Florence Beatrice de Watteville, English author and adventurer
Vivienne Rae-Ellis, Australian novelist
Vivienne Chandler, French actress and photographer
Vivienne Spence-Gardner, Jamaican sprinter
Vivienne Patricia "Patti" Scialfa, American musician with the E Street Band, wife of Bruce Springsteen
Vivienne Mary Hunt Parry, English journalist and TV presenter
Vivienne Rose O'Donnell (b. 2002), daughter of Rosie O'Donnell
Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt (2008), daughter of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Vivienne Vienna Wiśniewski (b. 2008), daughter of singers Michał and Ania Wiśniewski
Vivienne Madison Pope (b. 2012), daughter of actress Rosie Pope
Vivienne Lee Judd (b. 2013), daughter of actor Cris Judd
Vivienne Margaret MacArthur (b. 2015), daughter of actress Ali Larter and Hayes MacArthur
Vivienne Helena Arcelus (b. 2015), daughter of actors Sebastian Arcelus and Stephanie J. Block
Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood (b. 2008), granddaughter of Elvis Presley and daughter of Lisa Marie Presley
Dylan Vivienne Clark (b. 2011), daughter of model Kristy Hinze and James Clark
Vivienne Binns, Australian artist

Pop Culture References for the name Vivienne

Vivienne Graham, character in "Godzilla" series
Vivienne, also known as 'Madame de Fer', is an optional companion in the video game 'Dragon Age: Inquisition.'
Vivienne, song by English indie rock band Sundara Karma.
Vivienne Kensington, character in Legally Blonde (musical)


Genevieve Whitelock Says:


Yes it's much prettier spelt this way

Genevieve Noelle Says:


My eldest is Vivienne Belle, and she constantly gets compliments on it. It’s always been my favourite name and I think it’s so so beautiful! She goes by Vivi for short but I prefer using her full name.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Since writing this, I've changed my mind about my favourite spelling. I liked this best, and kind of switched to Vivien, but lately, have fallen for Vivian. I love them all though, and the stunning Vivianne.

danirose01 Says:


It's a perfectly balanced name! 2 V's, 2 I's, 2 E's, and 2 N's. Perfectionists out there, you can't get much better than this.

marnie r Says:


Vivienne looks much softer/more feminine than the mean-looking Vivian.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Beautiful. This is my favourite spelling of the name, followed by Vivien. Love Vivi for short.

TiffanyS Says:


I, too, only say this as Vi-vi-ENNE. It's definitely accented on the last syllable in my mind. I can't pronounce it the same as Vivian, which is accented on the first syllable.

-EagleEyes- Says:


I love this name! I much prefer this to any other spelling of the name! I feel Vivienne is more feminine, more complete feeling, and more accessible. Vivian feels colder and more official than Vivienne for some reason. Also, Vivi is just the cutest nickname!

Wu Shi Xun Says:


Love this name

eveyalecia Says:


I definitely pronounce this as vivi-ENNE and I think it's much prettier than Vivian.

Lou Says:


I vastly prefer Vivian. I have an irrational dislike of this spelling.

livelovewrite Says:


My middle name! I love having Vivienne as a mn.

amberdaydream Says:


I pronounce it viv-ee-EN, stress on the last syllable.

rgp19 Says:


I think in French you pronounce it with an emphasis on the -enne. However in English, I think most people would pronounce it the same as Vivian

TheHumanCanvas Says:


No. It's pronounced the same as Vivian. :)

ThistleThorn Says:


Is there an emphasis on the -enne?

Leah3456 Says:


Beautiful name! This is the best way to spell it!

Caroline Says:


I changed my mind, I like it now :P

cgwaltney Says:


And it doesn't like you : p

Caroline Says:


I don't like it!

Guest Says:


Same, I like this name much more than vivian

Guest Says:


I guess there's more emphasis on the enne but it's pretty much the same.

jojobabyberry Says:


Am I the only one who wouldn't pronounce Vivienne the same as Vivian?

TammyJade Says:


So very feminine and beautiful

Chicmommy Says:


Love this name! So beautiful.

CocoWhite Says:


To me, Vivienne and Vivian are two completely different names. I mean, I guess they sound the same when I say them both out loud, but they just /feel/ different, ya know?

mabespark Says:


I definitely prefer this spelling to Vivian. To me, it's much more feminine. I absolutely adore this name.