Of Latin origin.
Vivian is a masculine and feminine name.
From the Latin name Vivianus.
Originally the masculine name was Vivian and the feminine name was Vivien, also Viviana.
It derives from the Latin word “vivus”, meaning alive.
Another origin of the female name is the Irish name Bébinn, meaning “fair lady” in Irish Gaelic.
In the form of Vivien, it was used by Alfred Lord Tennyson for the Lady of the Lake in his epic “Idylls of the King”.
Alternative feminine forms of the name are Vivienne, Viviette, Vivi, Bevin, Viviane.
Famous male bearers are Vivian Campbell, Vivian Dsena.
Famous female bearers are Vivian Leigh, Vivian Green, Vivian Vance, Vivian Hsu.
English actress Vivian “Vivien” Leigh is considered one of the biggest movie stars ever.
She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress for her performances in two of the greatest films ever made: “Gone with the Wind” and “A Streetcar named Desire”.
She played some of the most iconic female roles, such as Lady Macbeth, Blanche DuBois, Anne Boleyn, Marguerite Gautier, Ophelia, Cleopatra.