Gender: Female Meaning of Vivienne: "life" Origin of Vivienne: French variation of Vivian Vivienne's Popularity in 2019: #301

Vivienne Origin and Meaning

The name Vivienne is a girl's name of French origin meaning "life".

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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AliceTiger Says:


I like both spellings. Vivian sounds more tomboy and spunky. While Vivienne sounds more sophisticated. I kind of see Vivienne as an old lady tho 😅

sintrocaso Says:


I absolutely love this name for a little girl and I have my heart sold on this! I very much like that it isn't popular, trendy, and modern and is more of a timeless name. Anyone that knows me well, knows that I'm very indecisive, at times, and picking a baby's name is hard enough! So, the fact that I love this name so much means something! I can't decide on a middle name though. I have an Italian last name that ends in O. I've been thinking Vivienne Rose, Vivienne Alexandra, Vivienne Anastasia, Vivienne Serena, Vivienne Emilia or Vivienne Abigail. I wanted to make it some kind of a family name compilation. My mother's name is Staci (Anastasia- plus my husband loves this name) and my mother-in-law's name is Maureen (nickname Reenie, hence Serena). Rose is apart of my name. Anne is my mother and grandmother's middle name. Two very important people in my life are my grandparents whose names are Alberta (nickname Albie) and Lester (middle name Dale) therefore Abigail came to mind! Not sure! Open to comments and suggestions!

sintrocaso Says:


I agree! I like this spelling more too! It's more feminine to me as well!

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.