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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Julia

If there’s one name ever-present on the list of gorgeous and evocative baby girl names, it’s Julia. This feminine version of the Roman family name, Julius, has an exciting past. According to popular belief, the name arose from the Ancient Greek name ‘íoulos,’ meaning downy-bearded, or ‘Jovilius,’ which means descended from Jove or Jupiter. Another possible origin of the term includes the Latin ‘iuvenis,’ signifying ‘youthful.’ As an ancient Roman name, it implies ‘Supreme God.’ In the Bible, the name means ‘God’s peace for the weary.’

Julia in French is Julie, and in Italian, it is Giulia. In Corsican, the name is Ghjulia, while in Portuguese, it is Julinja. Juliya and Yuliya are Russian variants of this name.

There was also the Roman empress Julia Domna, the first empress of the Severan dynasty. Saint Julia of Corsica, a virgin martyr, may have popularized the name in the Christian world.

The 1960 American sitcom Julia starring an African-American woman in a non-stereotypical role, also boosted the name’s popularity. This pretty name has also been a part of fiction. Julia is a young character in William Shakespeare’s stage play ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ by William Shakespeare. The protagonist of George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four is also named Julia, a wild rebel. The name also figures in the anime television series ‘Cowboy Bebop.’

In the United States, Julia Roberts can be credited with the increasing popularity of this name. Her performance in ‘Pretty Woman,’ ‘Runaway Bride’ and ‘Erin Brockovich’ was much loved by the masses. There is also a computer programming language called Julia, while an asteroid has also been named Julia after Saint Julia of Corsica.

It can be said that the name carries an appeal that is hard to ignore.


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Latin - Jupiter's Child; Julia is Youthful, Downy
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Famous People With The Name Julia

  • Julia CohenAmerican former tennis player and winner of the USTA National Spring Championships
  • Julia Boggs GrantFirst Lady of the United States
  • Julia Carolyn ChildAmerican cooking teacher and author known for her show The French Chef
  • Julia Fiona RobertsAmerican actress and the British Academy Fil Awards winner
  • Julia Hall Bowman RobinsonNoted American mathematician
  • Julia MancusoAmerican ski-racer and olympic winner
  • Julia FoxItalian American actress known for her film Uncut Gems
  • Julia Garner American actress and model
  • Julia DavidsFounding member and artistic director of the Canadian Chamber Choir
  • Julia MigenesAmerican soprano opera singer who starred in Fiddler on the Roof
  • Julia ZemiroFrench Australian T.V presenter known for the RocKwiz show

Julia On The Popularity Chart

This name grew in usage from 1990 onwards and reached its peak in 2001. This popularity chart will help you get a better understanding of its growth over the years.

Popularity Over Time

After reaching its peak in 2001 when 8838 babies per million got the name Julia. the name’s popularity started declining in 2021. Take a look at this graph to gain a good idea of its usage.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Julia stood at an impressive 27th rank in 2001. Although its rank dropped off the top 100 list in 2020, it is still a widely preferred name.

Source: Social Security Administration

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Name Numerology For Julia

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