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PronouncedPron.VIV-ee-ən English

Meaning & History

From the Latin name Vivianus which was derived from Latin vivus "alive". Saint Vivian was a French bishop who provided protection during the Visigoth invasion of the 5th century. It has been occasionally used as an English (masculine) name since the Middle Ages. In modern times it is also used as a feminine name, in which case it is either an Anglicized form of BÉBINN or a variant of VIVIEN (2).
VariantVivyan English
DiminutivesVivi Swedish Vivi Norwegian Vivi Danish
Other Languages & CulturesViviane, Vivien French Bébhinn, Bébinn, Béibhinn, Bevin, Bébhionn Irish Bébinn Irish Mythology Vivianus Late Roman Vivien Literature


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Entry updated January 25, 2013   Contribute