Vivian \v(i)-vian\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Vivian), is pronounced VIV-ee-en. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Vivian is "lively". An ancient personal name; a saint's name. The name has been common only since the 19th century. In Malory's "Morte d'Arthur", Vivien was the Lady of the Lake and also the enchantress of Merlin. Though not linguistically related, Vivian has been used as an English version of the Irish Gaelic name Bebhinn. See also Vianna. Actresses Vivien Leigh, Vivian Vance.
Vivian has 25 variant forms: Bibi, Bibiana, Bibiane, Bibianna, Bibianne, Bibyana, Vevay, Vi, Vibiana, Viv, Vivee, Vivi, Vivia, Viviana, Viviane, Vivianna, Vivianne, Vivien, Vivienne, Vivyan, Vivyana, Vivyanne, Vyvyan, Vyvyana and Vyvyanne.