The name Vivien is of French 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.
Vivien is a variation of the name Vivian. Nicknames include Vi, Vivi, Yen, and Viv. The popularity of the name Vivien increased with the naming of Vivienne Jolie-Pitt by celebrities Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. One of the most celebrated Viviens is Vivien Leigh, actress, who played Scarlett O’Hara in the movie, Gone with the Wind (1939). Vivienne Westwood and Vivienne Tam are famous fashion designers. Fictional characters named Vivien include Vivien Harmon, a character on the television series, American Horror Story. Vivien Ward, played by Julia Roberts, was the main character in the film Pretty Woman.