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What do you think of Vivien?

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beachbummer Mon 10-Nov-14 10:19:16

Just found out that DD2 due in March is another girl, we already have a girl Eva. Finding it very difficult to agree on names with DH, he suggested Vivien/Vivian/Vivienne last night and I quite like it.

Any thoughts, I like older names and really love Martha and Edith but DH doesn't.

Whats the views on Vivien?


Wonc Mon 10-Nov-14 10:21:04

I think it's beautiful.

WowserBowser Mon 10-Nov-14 10:21:57

I like it. Reminds me of Pretty Woman though!

ThrowAChickenInTheAir Mon 10-Nov-14 10:23:04

Really like it smile Elegant and not overly used. (also like your other choices too)

basgetti Mon 10-Nov-14 10:23:07

I love it. I'm expecting a girl in a few weeks and we have had a name picked for ages, but I saw Vivien on a thread last week and it's thrown a spanner in the works! DP is worried though that it would be shortened to Viv so that is putting me off slightly. I also like Edith, and think Edie as a shortened name would be really cute.

beachbummer Mon 10-Nov-14 10:28:16

Thanks ladies, I hadn't thought about pretty woman smile

Basgetti I love Edie part of the reason I like Edith so much. I think the nn would use for Vivien would be Vivvy, I can see our 3 year old using that anyway smile

ThrowAChickenInTheAir Mon 10-Nov-14 10:31:57

Or even beautiful Vivien Leigh smile

basgetti Mon 10-Nov-14 10:33:40

Aww Vivvy is lovely. Our chosen name is Evelyn which I do love, I just keep changing my mind every five minutes. Edie would be no good for us because DS is called Eddie!

AugustaGloop Mon 10-Nov-14 10:39:51

I like the name. I know 2 and both get shortened to Vivi (veevee) which sounds a bit too like Eva.

Sophronia Mon 10-Nov-14 13:32:20

Vivien is lovely, especially spelled this way.

Legionofboom Mon 10-Nov-14 13:36:33

I will go against the grain and say that I think Vivien (or any spelling variant) is a truly horrible name.

I just cannot see the attraction and Viv/Vivvie are even worse.

But I can see I am in the minority (on this thread at least)

Ludways Tue 11-Nov-14 00:36:55

I know a Vivienne, horrid woman, I can't get away from the connection so I don't like it.

I love Edith though, it was my grandmothers name, wonderful beautiful woman inside and out.

PunkAssMoFo Tue 11-Nov-14 09:37:52

Vivienne spelling for me, as vivien remind me of the young ones.

Edith will always be clunky sounding to me, Martha is a bit better. I don't know why as I do like some old lady names (eg maud, Margaret. Nancy & sylvie), but dislike others. Horses for courses!

persepolis123 Thu 13-Nov-14 12:47:55

I like it. We are also expecting a girl in March and Vivienne is on our shortlist.

Mumto3dc Thu 13-Nov-14 12:59:12

It's my dds middle name, after her late grandmother. I think it's really classy, ours is spelt Vivienne which I think is a really pretty spelling.

TobyLerone Thu 13-Nov-14 13:10:36

I love Vivienne. It was on our list for DD2 and sometimes I still wish we'd used it, despite loving the name we chose.

burgatroyd Thu 13-Nov-14 17:46:11

Its OK.

What about Sylvia, Mabel, Maudie or Doris?

AnitaManeater Thu 13-Nov-14 17:47:31

It's my middle name and I love it

skylark2 Thu 13-Nov-14 18:16:35

I think it's a nice name but fails my "far too many common spellings" test.

My own name has about 6 common variants and I've spent half my life correcting people, sometimes on really quite important documents. It's a PITA.

My own kids have names with one standard spelling.

BerryMood Thu 13-Nov-14 18:38:11

Love Vivienne. My Vivienne is 1 week old today smile

DramaAlpaca Thu 13-Nov-14 22:29:17

I love Vivien, and prefer that spelling. It would go beautifully with Eva.

Not a fan of Edith or Martha.

TheNewStatesman Thu 13-Nov-14 23:22:37

It's nice, and not used too much either.

Smukogrig Thu 13-Nov-14 23:24:00

Love it and the way u spell it best way

BOFster Thu 13-Nov-14 23:24:10

Vivien is a gorgeous name. Totally reminds me of Vivien Leigh.

beachbummer Fri 14-Nov-14 20:11:45

Thanks for all your comments I think it's definitely our top name at the moment, My surname is quite unusual and I have to spell out quite a bit so I'm used to that and don't really mind it. DD will have DH name so hopefully won't have a double whammy of spelling things out.

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