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Meaning & History

Used by Alfred Lord Tennyson as the name of the Lady of the Lake in his Arthurian epic 'Idylls of the King' (1859). Tennyson may have based it on VIVIENNE, but it possibly arose as a misreading of NINIAN. A famous bearer was British actress Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), who played Scarlett O'Hara in 'Gone with the Wind'.
Other Languages & CulturesVivian, Vivi Danish Vivian, Vivyan English Viviane French Vivian, Vivi Norwegian Vivian, Vivi Swedish
Same SpellingVivien (1)

Sources & References

  • Elizabeth Gidley Withycombe, The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names (1945)


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Entry updated March 21, 2014   Contribute