Our History

More than a name, an enduring testament

For nearly two millennia, the Vivier family has been a reference in business and governance. From the first mention of the name in Roman history to the dynasty that still exists, Vivier family members have played an active role in the world of governance, industry, business and philanthropy.

History of Vivier

The family Vivier has its origins in the fourth century as a baptismal name meaning “son of Vyvyan”. In the Late Roman Empire, it was borne by a Consul and a Praetorian Prefect, well known as a generous and able administrator, who was responsible for the imperial guard and the administration of justice. As the republic expanded, so did the family. Records indicate that the illustrious Vivier history included an early saint of the French church and the first Bishop of Saintes, to whom various miracles were ascribed, and the famous 15th century family Vivarini in Venice.


With the Norman invasion, the name came to England, where it continued with distinguished prominence. Many members, such as Richard, First Baron Vivian, and the Right Honourable The Lord of Swansea Henry H. Vivian were given peerages within the British Empire.


The next several centuries saw the family emigrate outside Europe for the first time, with settlements in the Americas and Asia-Pacific. In the late seventeenth century, the family expanded further when several of the early settlers reached South Africa. The illustrious history continued with many Vivier family members becoming prominent agriculturalists, doctors, judges and leaders in business and sport.