Vivian

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Early saints' name from Latin Vivianus, and of its feminine form Viviana, probably from vivus "alive".

Proper noun[edit]

Vivian

  1. A male given name.
  2. A female given name.
  3. A patronymic surname​.

Quotations[edit]

  • 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.'

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Translations[edit]


Danish[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Vivian

  1. A female given name, cognate to English Vivian.

Norwegian[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Vivian

  1. A female given name, cognate to English Vivian.

Swedish[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Vivian

  1. A female given name, one of the cognates of the English Vivian.

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