Vivian v. Vivienne

Ok due in 10 weeks 5 days and still debating! :slight_smile: One of my current favorite girl’s names would be [name]Vivienne[/name] [name]Georgina[/name]. I think [name]Vivi[/name] would be a cute nn (what other nn options are there?)

Here’s my question - when I say “[name]Vivienne[/name]” I say phonetically - vivi-enne so that “enne” just sounds like the letter n. I feel this is different than [name]Vivian[/name]. When I’ve asked friends if they think people would mistakenly say [name]Vivienne[/name] the same as [name]Vivian[/name], they’ve responded with “well, what’s the difference?”

Are they supposed to be pronounced the same? If not, am I pronouncing [name]Vivienne[/name] correctly? [name]Do[/name] you the name [name]Vivienne[/name] would lead to a lifetime of correcting people that it’s not [name]Vivian[/name] (both in spelling and pronunciation?)

I pronounce them differently as well. [name]Vivian[/name] is [name]VI[/name]-vee-in and [name]Vivienne[/name] is vi-vee-ENNE. I infinitely prefer [name]Vivienne[/name] in spelling and pronunciation and I like [name]Viviana[/name] better than both. I think [name]Vivienne[/name] might get slightly confusing, but not terribly like [name]Caoimhe[/name] or something like that would be. I like [name]Viviana[/name] because I think it sounds prettier and is very hard to get wrong.

I agree with pp, the way I say the two names is [name]VI[/name]-vee-en (where the first syllable is just barely stressed, or all syllables have equal stress) and vi-vee-EN (where the last syllable is stressed). However, I prefer the former. To me, vi-vee-EN sounds and looks overly complicated and a little pretentious. I do like [name]Viviana[/name] too though, and pp is right that that avoids the pronunciation differences and also adds cute nn options: [name]Vivi[/name], [name]Ana[/name], [name]Annie[/name].

I like [name]Viviana[/name] too, but unfortunately it doesn’t work with our last name, which sounds like Lawn, but is spelled differently - [name]Viviana[/name] Lawn.

I’ll probably just steer clear of the [name]Vivian[/name]/[name]Vivienne[/name] situation bc I only like names where the pronunciation is obvious, or it just get too annoying to deal with.

Thanks for your opinions! :slight_smile:

I actually don’t think [name]Viviana[/name] Lawn is too bad (I kind of like that they don’t both end in the 'n; sound)…but I totally get it if this one just seems like too much trouble!

I pronounce [name]Vivian[/name] [name]VIV[/name]-ee-in and [name]Vivienne[/name] viv-ee-N. I prefer [name]Vivian[/name]- I think it’s cleaner and has more emphasis on the “[name]Vivi[/name]” part, which I really like. It also looks more modern. :slight_smile: I do like [name]Viviana[/name], but prefer [name]Vivian[/name] for the same reason (it looks more modern but still classic, sophisticated and beautiful) good luck!

I pronounce them both the same. [name]Viv[/name]-ee-en. Although, [name]Vivienne[/name] should be pronounces [name]Viv[/name]-ee-ENNE. The second pronounciation just doesnt seem natural to me.

I can and do make a distinction, but it’s entirely stress. It’s the same as [name]Gabriel[/name] vs [name]Gabrielle[/name].

For me, there’s only a very very slight difference in pronunciation, with [name]Vivienne[/name] have a tad more emphasis on the last syllable -enne. [name]Viv[/name]-ee-in, vs. [name]Viv[/name]-ee-enne. But [name]IMO[/name], the difference is extremely subtle, they would sound nearly identical in every day speech. I agree with the PP that it’s entirely a stress distinction, though I think the difference is far less pronounced than [name]Gabriel[/name] vs. [name]Gabrielle[/name].

I think both spellings are great. I slightly prefer [name]Vivienne[/name], but I am a sucker for French spellings.

I pronounce them the same, but I could definitely see the slight difference. I prefer [name]Vivienne[/name] over [name]Vivian[/name].