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- 1827 Benjamin Disraeli, Vivian Grey, E. L. Carey and A. Hart (1837), page 117:
- "Mr. Grey," asked her ladyship, "are you of Dorsetshire?" "My mother is a Dorsetshire woman; her family name is Vivian, which name I also bear - Sir Hargrave Vivian, of Chester Grange."
- 1942 Caroline Mytinger, Headhunting in the Solomon Islands, Macmillan, page 13:
- Of the you're-going-to-get-it-anyway faction was a young Australian on board by the name, so help me, of Vivian Nankervis. - - - And he was beautiful, even with a name like Vivian; moreover, he had never been ill a day in his life.
- 1990 Paul Theroux, Chicago Loop, Hamish Hamilton Ltd, ISBN 0241129494, page70:
- 'What's your name?' 'Vivian.' 'Isn't that one of the names that mean something?' She said, 'It means my mother used to go to the movies.'
female given name