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Gender Feminine

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 [1]. A famous bearer was British actress Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), who played Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind.

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesVivian, Vivi(Danish) Vivian, Vivyan(English) Viviane(French) Vivian, Vivi(Norwegian) Vivian, Vivi(Swedish)
Same SpellingVivien (1)


People think this name is

classic   formal   upper class   wholesome   delicate   refined   strange   serious   nerdy  

Name Days

France: March 10
Hungary: December 2


Sources & References

  1. Withycombe, Elizabeth Gidley. The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names. Oxford, 1945, page 128.
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