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Gender: M Meaning of Jules: "youthful; soft, downy" Origin of Jules: French form of Latin Julius

Though Jules hasn't been on the U.S. popularity list in fifty years, it is a current hit in its native France--where it's currently Number 6-- and we can definitely see it making a comeback here, being far more romantic than, say, Jim.

The glittering Jules has a solid history, attached to such cultural notables as author Verne, opera composer Massenet, painter Olitski and cartoonist Feiffer, as well as appearing as a character in such iconic films as Pulp Fiction and St. Elmo's Fire" and in Balzac's novel The Human Comedy and Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. These days, Jules is also apt to be heard as a nickname for the feminine Julia or Julie, as in TV personality Jules Asner, the Keira Knightley character in Bend it Like Beckham and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's wife--spelled Jools. Jools is, in fact, a more modern, hip spelling.

Famous People Named Jules

Jules Verne, French author
Jules Olitski, American painter
Jules Feiffer, American cartoonist
Jules Bianchi, French Formula One driver
Jules Bordet, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Jules A. Hoffmann, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Julian Lennon "Jules", First son of musician John Lennon

Pop Culture References for the name Jules

Birth name of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" character Dr. Julian Bashir
Julian "Jules" Wyatt, main character in G. A. Henty's, Through Russian Snows
Jules de St. Caux, character in G. A. Henty's, In the Reign of Terror
Julian "Jules" Blackthorn, main character in Cassandra Clare's upcoming trilogy The Dark Artifices and character in The Mortal Instruments series

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