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[viv-ee-uh n] /ˈvɪv i ən/
Also, Vivien. Arthurian Romance. an enchantress, the mistress of Merlin: known as the Lady of the Lake.
Also, Vivien, Vivienne. a male or female given name: from a Latin word meaning “alive.”. Unabridged
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  • Vivian, in spite of his philosophy, felt the excitement of the moment.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Lady Vivian looked at him in amazement,—asked what had happened.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • I dont think Dorothy and Vivian had best know about that, do you?

  • I'm so much obliged to you, Mr. Vivian, for all you've done for Miss Minerva.

  • But why Mr. Vivian Grey should deem the fact of such overtures having been made 'impossible,' I confess, astonishes me.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for Vivian


(in Arthurian legend) the mistress of Merlin, sometimes identified with the Lady of the Lake
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Vivian

masc. proper name, from Latin Vivianus (cf. French Vivien), literally "living, alive," (see vivid). But Klein says it is "prob. a misreading of the Celtic name Ninian."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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