Sylvanus Percival Vivian

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Sir Sylvanus Percival Vivian CB (October 1, 1880 in London – 1958) was the 7th Registrar General of England and Wales (1921–1945), and the longest serving Registrar General after George Graham.[1]

Vivian was responsible for organising the censuses in England and Wales in 1921 and 1931.[2] He oversaw National Registration which was introduced in 1939 and ended up replacing the normally decennial census due in 1941. He retired in 1945.

Vivian was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in June 1925,[3] and received a knighthood in May 1937.[4]

Vivian was brother to Valentine Vivian.

Vivian also is the author of the first dictionary of literary terms written in English[5] and other works on literature and literary history. [6]


  1. ^ "The Registrars General 1836–1945" (PDF). Census history. Newport: Office for National Statistics. 5 June 2001. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Higgs, Edward. "Sir Sylvanus Percival Vivian (1880–1958)". The Online Historical Population Reports Project. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "No. 33053". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 June 1925. p. 3770. 
  4. ^ "No. 34408". The London Gazette. 15 June 1937. p. 3855. 
  5. ^ Vivian, Percival. A Dictionary of Literary Terms. London, New York: G. Routledge & Sons; E.P. Dutton & Co, 1908.
  6. ^ "WorldCat entries for Vivian, Percival". Retrieved 10 June 2014. 

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