From the Latin word vinus, meaning “living” or “alive,” this is a modern variant of Viviana, a name used for a 4th century saint and martyr. Though our favorite Vivian might be Aunt Viv from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, who tried to be patient with her spoiled kids and unruly nephew, but sometimes lost her cool.
Famous people named Vivian:
Actress Vivian Vance who played Ethel on I Love Lucy; fictional character Vivian Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; actress Vivian Wu.
A famous historical reference is to 4th century Saint Viviana (Bibiana).