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Gender: F Meaning of Julia: "youthful" Origin of Julia: Latin Julia's Popularity in 2013: #75

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An enduring classic, Julia has so much going for it: ancient roots but a modern, fashionable feel, simplicity and sophistication, and connections to both saints and celebs, including actress Julia Roberts and Saint Julia of Corsica. The elegant Julia's one of the least problematic choices a parent could make.

Julia was an ancient Roman imperial name given to females in the house of a Julius, as in Caesar. Julia is also Shakespearean, Dickensian, Orwellian and Harry Potter-related. The ground-breaking 1960's TV show Julia was the first to feature a non-stereotypical African American woman. Celebrity chef Julia Childs is a notable namesake.

Julia has been in the U.S. Top 150 since Social Security records have been kept. Now at Number 75, it's even more popular internationally--the top name in Poland, Number 3 in Sweden and the Netherlands, 6 in Austria, and in the Top 45 in France, Norway, Canada, Ireland and Spain.

If you think Julia is too simple, you might want to move to Juliet, Juliette, or Juliana, or even the Italian Giulia. Sixties short form Julie has segued from cute to middle-aged.--Jules/Jools is much more current.

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Famous People Named Julia

Julia Caesaris, daughter of Julius Caesar
Julia the Elder, daughter of Augustus Caesar
Julia the Younger, daughter of Julia the Elder
Julia Augusta (born Livia Drusilla), wife of Augustus Caesar
Julia Drusilla, sister and daughter of Caligula
Julia Caesaris (Maria), wife of Marius
Saint Julia of Corsica
Saint Julia of Merida
Julia Fiona Roberts, American actress
Julia Carolyn Child, American chef
Julia O'Hara Stiles, American actress
Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfuss, American actress
Julia Eileen Gillard, first female Prime Minister of Australia
Julia Boggs Dent Grant, wife of U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant
Julia Gardiner Tyler, wife of U.S. President John Tyler
Julia Marie Mancuso, American Olympic skier
Julia Kathleen McKenzie, English actress
Julia Zemiro, French-Australian TV presenter
Julia Dunstall, Canadian model
Juila Karin Ormond, English actress
Julia Sawalha, Englisha actress
Julia Natasha Stone, singer of Australian duo Angus & Julia Stone
Julia Francesca Barretto (Baldivia), Filipina actress
Julia Gorges, German tennis player
Julia Domna, wife of Roman emperor Septimius Severus
Julia Baskin, American co-author of "The Notebook Girls"
Julia Elizabeth Wells, birth name of Julie Andrews, English actress and singer
Julia Lennon, mother of musician John Lennon
Julia Gillard, Australian Prime Minister

Pop Culture References for the Name Julia

Julia, character in Shakespeare's "The Two Gentlemen of Verona"
Julia, a character in "1984" by George Orwell
Julia McNamara, a character on TV's Nip/Tuck
Julia Cobb, a character on TV's "Cougar Town"
Julia Braverman, a character on TV's "Parenthood"
Julia Romano, character in "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult
Julia Salinger, character on TV's "Party of Five"
Julia Sugarbaker, character on the TV show "Designing Women"
Julia, character from movie "Heart and Souls" played by Kyra Sedgwick
Julia Wilcox, character on TV's "Frasier"
Julia Myers, character in Jessica Burkhart's Canterwood Crest series
Julia Mendes, character on German soap "Verboten Liebe"
"Julie & Julia," movie about Julia Child
Julia, character in manga/anime, 'Rave Master'
Julia Jason Andelius, character from The dung-beetle flies at dusk, by Maria Gripe
"Julia," 1977 movie
Julia, a 2008 French movie
Julia, song by The Beatles

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