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Vivian Name Meaning

English: from the Old French and Middle English personal name Vivian Vivien from Latin Vivianus (derivative of vivus ‘living’) the name of a 5th-century Christian martyr. As a personal name its comparative rarity in medieval England gave it a distinctiveness that encouraged its use as a surname. Its pronunciation appears to have caused difficulty and it is found in a large variety of forms not all of which have survived. Developments include the interchange of initial V and F the interchange of intervocalic v and th and the further interchange of th and d; thus Vivian became Fivian which became Fithian which became Fidian. See also Fithen . French: mainly southern variant of the personal name Vivien (see 1 above). Spanish and Galician (Vivián): from the personal name Vivián (see 1 above). Compare Bibian .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Viviano, Vivier, Milian, Aikman, Viviani, Biviano, Vida, Hillian

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Where is the Vivian family from?

You can see how Vivian families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Vivian family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Vivian families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Vivian families living in Missouri. This was about 44% of all the recorded Vivian's in USA. Missouri had the highest population of Vivian families in 1840.
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What did your Vivian ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Vivian. 21% of Vivian men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Vivian women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Vivian were Truck Driver and Waitress. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    21%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    14%
  • Maid
    11%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Waitress
    8%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Vivian. For the veterans among your Vivian ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Vivian lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Vivian life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Vivian in 1950 was 57, and 77 in 2004.

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