Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Vivian m. Latin Vivianus, a cognomen from Latin vivus 'alive'.

The name of a 5th C saint.

France
Latin
1013x1033 Vivianum (acc) CartStPC XLII; 1101x1129 Viviani (gen) ibid. XVI, Vivianum (acc) ibid. XVI, Vivianus (nom) ibid. XVI; 1115x1149 Vivianus (nom) ibid. X
Old French
1296 Vivien paris1296 p. 32; 1313 Vivian Paris1313 p. 66, Vivien ibid. p. 15
Middle French
1418 Vivien HGParis p. 385; 1423 Vivien favier 292
Ireland
Latin
fin12thC Viuianus (nom) MunDocIr III, p. 5
Italy
Latin
1169 Vivianus (nom) SDE3 II; 1236 Viuianni (gen) TirNot1 10, Viuianno (dat) ibid. 13; 1265x1339 Viviani (gen) BBC-Berg 15
Wales
Latin
1454 Vivion (nom) ArchCambIII p. 72; 1456 Vivian (nom) ibid. p. 259; 1457 Vivian (nom) ibid. p. 259
Cite as: J. Uckelman, S.L. Uckelman. "Vivian". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2016, no. 4. http://dmnes.org/2016/4/name/Vivian.