The name Vivian is of Latin origin and means "Alive." The origin is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word--the language in which it most appears.
The most common variation of Vivian is Vivien but other common spellings are Vivienne and Vivianne. Nicknames include Vi, Vivi, Yen, and Viv. The popularity of the name Vivian has increased with the naming of Vivienne Jolie-Pitt by celebrities Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Vivian Vance and Vivian Dandridge were actresses in the 20th century. Vivien Leigh was a British actress, most famous for portraying Scarlett O’Hara in the movie Gone with the Wind. Vivienne Westwood and Vivienne Tam are celebrated fashion designers. Fictional characters named Vivian include Princess Vivian from the Disney television show Sofia the First, Vivian Joan Abbot Walker from the novel and movie, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, and Aunt Vivian from the television show Fresh Prince of Bel Air.