French form of Latin Julius
"youthful; soft, downy"

Jules Origin and Meaning

The name Jules is a boy's name of French, Latin origin meaning "youthful; soft, downy".

Though Jules hasn't been on the US popularity list in fifty years, it is a current hit in its native France—where it's currently in the Top 10—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.

# 994 in the US

Jules Rank in US Top 1000

# 259 on Nameberry

Jules Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Jules Popularity

Famous People Named Jules

  • Jules Gabriel VerneFrench author
  • Jules OlitskiAmerican painter
  • Jules Ralph FeifferAmerican cartoonist
  • Jules Émile Frédéric MassenetFrench composer
  • Jules Sébastien César Dumont d'UrvilleFrench explorer
  • Jules Lucien André BianchiFrench Formula One driver
  • Jules MicheletFrench historian
  • Jules JordanAmerican adult film director
  • Jules Jean Baptiste Vincent BordetFrench microbiologist; winner of the Nobel Prize
  • Jules A. HoffmannFrench biologist; winner of the Nobel Prize
  • Jules Jeptha "Jep" RobertsonAmerican reality TV personality ("Duck Dynasty")
  • Jules Augustus "Gus" Robertsonadopted son of Jep and Jessica Robertson
  • Jules Andrew Grey (b. 2015)son of American producer Brad Grey

Jules in Pop Culture

  • Jules Amedée François Maigretdetective created by Georges Simenon
  • Julesbirth name of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" character Dr. Julian Bashir
  • Jules Winnfieldcharacter in "Pulp Fiction"
  • Julian "Jules" Wyattmain character in G. A. Henty's, Through Russian Snows
  • Jules de St. Cauxcharacter in G. A. Henty's, In the Reign of Terror
  • Julian "Jules" Blackthornmain character in Cassandra Clare's The Dark Artifices and The Mortal Instruments series
  • "Jules and Jim" 1963 French film