Vivienne/Vivian image and spelling

I’m thinking of adding [name]Vivienne[/name]/[name]Vivian[/name] to my short list. I’ve never met anyone with this name and am wondering what image it conjures for you. Also, which spelling do you prefer?

Many thanks!

I have never met a [name]Vivienne[/name] or [name]Vivian[/name] either, hmm. I think the name is lovely/classy though, and I prefer the [name]Vivienne[/name] spelling because for some random reason I absolutely [name]LOVE[/name] names ending in -enne, -elle, or -ette!

I have no idea why, but for some reason all I can think of is [name]Julia[/name] [name]Roberts[/name]'s character in Pretty Woman. I don’t associate the name with a prostitute though. I think that’s what comes to mind because I don’t know anyone by that name either.

I think I prefer [name]Vivienne[/name] too. It looks more feminine.

I like the way [name]Vivienne[/name] looks more, but I’m more drawn to [name]Vivian[/name] if that makes sense.
I don’t know anyone with this name, but I think it has a sweet but classy feel.

I like it! I greatly prefer [name]Vivian[/name] or [name]Vivien[/name], unless you want it to be pronounced with the accent on the last syllable. [name]Vivian[/name]/[name]Vivien[/name] makes me think of [name]Vivien[/name] [name]Leigh[/name] and of [name]Vivian[/name] [name]Vance[/name] ([name]Ethel[/name] Mertz on I [name]Love[/name] [name]Lucy[/name]). [name]Vivienne[/name], on the other hand, makes me think of [name]Angelina[/name] [name]Jolie[/name].

We are naming our daughter (we are expecting girl/boy twins in the spring) [name]Vivienne[/name] and I’ve been going back and forth on the spelling for months, generally between [name]Vivienne[/name] and [name]Vivien[/name]. I like the simplicity of [name]Vivien[/name], but I think [name]Vivienne[/name] is elegant and somehow stronger, so I think we will go with that. To me, it conjures up a tall, self-assured woman and that’s what I love about it!

I prefer [name]Vivienne[/name], completely. I’ve known two Vivians, both spelled this way, I believe–one was a little girl and the other is a woman who goes to my church, probably in her 60s now. [name]Vivian[/name] feels a bit clunky and old-fashioned to me, while [name]Vivienne[/name] is light, airy, chic, and oh-so-wonderfully French. :slight_smile:

Good luck!

I greatly prefer [name]Vivian[/name] or [name]Vivien[/name] to [name]Vivienne[/name]…I just find the first two spellings more down-to-earth and less fancy/stuffy personally. I think of the lovely [name]Vivien[/name] [name]Leigh[/name]…besides that I have only known one [name]Vivian[/name], a friend’s older sister who was kind of a dud, but the name is so pretty she didn’t ruin it for me!

I read the two names differently: [name]Vivian[/name] as [name]Vivi[/name]-uhn and [name]Vivienne[/name] more like french: [name]Vivi[/name]-anne.

[name]Vivienne[/name] is a favorite of mine! i prefer this spelling because its such a strong, vivid and bright sounding name so, to me, it deserves the fancier spelling. I imagine a [name]Vivienne[/name] as a very smart, witty and fun person to be around, but whom also has a very consious manner and enjoys solitude. I also think it sounds very musical and can imagine the violin being a favorite of hers. But that could just be wishful thinking as i have met some older ppl with this name who were quiet normal, haha.

To me, [name]Vivienne[/name] is my flowy, feminine, and beautiful, and [name]Vivian[/name] is more old ladyish (like a middle aged grocery store checker).
[name]Vivienne[/name] it is!

I like [name]Vivienne[/name] and I would say it differently to [name]Vivian[/name]. I know a guy called [name]Vivian[/name] and it also reminds me of [name]Vivian[/name] off The [name]Young[/name] Ones ([name]Brit[/name] comedy from the 80s), who’s a punk meathead. Also [name]Vivian[/name] [name]Street[/name] is the name of the red light district in the city I live in.

[name]Vivienne[/name] sounds french and chic.

Thanks, all. I was leaning toward [name]Vivienne[/name] as well.

I agree with [name]Ash[/name]! [name]Vivienne[/name] is my choice, also.

Well, I’m a [name]Vivian[/name] so I obviously have to pick that one! Growing up I always felt my name was way way to stuffy. So, from about 5-12 i was always [name]Vivi[/name], and going through highschool/university I was always the simple [name]Viv[/name]. I think it fits my personality much much better, and the only time I am ever called [name]Vivian[/name] at this point is by my mother…still…

Its funny that an above poster finds [name]Vivian[/name] clunky and [name]Vivienne[/name] light and airy. To me, [name]Vivian[/name] is definitely clunky, but [name]Vivienne[/name] is even clunkier!. Extra letters to get to the same name is never necessary in by opinion, unless, of course, you re pronouncing [name]Vivienne[/name] the way it is intended to be, the French way, more like vhivi-ehnne (thats definitely not spelled properly, but basically with the enne sound elongated and not as short and succinct as the ending in [name]Vivian[/name]).

In the end just pick the name you and you hubz like the best, don’t worry about everyone else!

xo [name]Viv[/name]

In order, my favorite spellings (1 being the most preferred):

  1. [name]Vivien[/name]
  2. [name]Vivian[/name]
  3. [name]Vivienne[/name]

[name]Vivian[/name]/[name]Vivien[/name] was originally a boy’s name - [name]Vivienne[/name] was the intended feminine form. So I prefer [name]Vivienne[/name].

I prefer [name]Vivien[/name] to both and [name]Vivian[/name] to [name]Vivienne[/name], the -ienne just puts it over the top for me.

I think of [name]Vivien[/name] [name]Leigh[/name] and of my elementary school guidance counselor who i adored, she was very quiet but very sweet.

[name]Vivienne[/name] seems very classy and smart to me. Cute for a baby/toddler but still sophisticated as she gets older :slight_smile:

I guess I am the minority, but I prefer [name]Vivian[/name].