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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 Fiona Roberts, American actress
Julia Child, American chef
Julia Stiles, American actress
Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfuss, American actress
Julia Gillard, first female Prime Minister of Australia
Julia Mancuso, American Olympic skier
Julia Dunstall, Canadian model
Saint Julia of Corsica
Saint Julia of Merida
Juila Karin Ormond, English actress
Julia Baskin, co-author of "The Notebook Girls"
Julia "Julie" Elizabeth Wells "Andrews," English film and stage actress, singer, author, theatre director, and dancer
Julia Lennon, mother of John Lennon

Pop Culture References for the Name Julia

Julia, a song by The Beatles
Julia, female protagonist in Shakespeare's "The Two Gentlemen of Verona"
Julia, a 2008 French drama film
Julia, a character in Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Julia McNamara, a character on Nip/Tuck
Julia Cobb, a character played by Courteney Cox on Cougar Town
Julia Braverman, a character on Parenthood
Julia Salinger, one of the kids from TV show "Party of Five"
Julia Sugarbaker, lead character on the TV show "Designing Women"
Julia, character from movie "Heart and Souls" played by Kyra Sedgwick
Julia Wilcox, character on "Frasier"
Julia Myers, character in Jessica Burkhart's Canterwood Crest series
"Julie & Julia"-movie starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep
Julia, character in manga/anime, 'Rave Master'
Julia Jason Andelius, character from The dung-beetle flies at dusk, by Maria Gripe

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