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Updated May 1, 2024

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Latin : Living, lively

What does Vivian mean and stand for?

The name Vivian is of Latin origin and means "lively." It is from the Latin name Vivianus, which was derived from Latin vivus, meaning "alive".

Syllables: 3

How Popular Is The Name Vivian

Family name origins & meanings

  • English and French : from the personal name (Latin Vivianus, a derivative of vivus ‘living’, ‘alive’). The name was borne by a 5th-century bishop of Saintes, France, and was popular among the Normans, by whom it was introduced to England.

Famous people who gave their babies this name


According to Social Security Administration data, Vivian has been consistently popular, remaining in place 95, 96, and 97 since 2014. In 2020, it fell out of the top 100 for the first time since 2014.

However, it is the 5th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Vivian was at its peak popularity in July 2020.

Vivian was originally the male form, Vivien the female, until becoming a unisex name years ago. Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone and Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady have daughters named Vivian. Vivian is also a popular choice for fictional characters, appearing in Legally Blonde, Pretty Woman, and Paper Mario.

Where is it Popular?

Vivian was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Vivian

  • Viv
  • Vivi

Pairs well with these middle names


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