"youthful or sky father"

Julia Origin and Meaning

The name Julia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "youthful or sky father".

Julia was an ancient Roman imperial name given to females in the house of a Julius, as in Caesar. Its origin is shrouded in history, but possible roots include Latin iuvenis, meaning "youthfu"; Greek ioulos, meaning "downy-bearded"; or Jovis, a form of Jupiter, which means "sky father".

An enduring classic, Julia has a lot 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 is also Shakespearean, Dickensian, Orwellian, and Harry Potter-related. The ground-breaking 1960s TV show Julia was the first to feature a non-stereotypical African American woman. Celebrity chef Julia Child is a notable namesake.

Julia has been in the US Top 150 since Social Security records have been kept and is currently the only girls' name starting with J in the US Top 100. She's even more popular internationally, and is highly popular in the Netherlands in Spain, and in Germany, Belgium, France, Norway, and Sweden.

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 is much more current.

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Julia Rank in US Top 1000

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Julia Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Julia Popularity

Famous People Named Julia

  • Julia Caesarisdaughter of Roman Emperor Julius Caesar
  • Julia Augusta (born Livia Drusilla)wife of Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar
  • Julia the Elderdaughter of Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar
  • Julia the Youngerdaughter of Julia the Elder
  • Julianamed in Paul's letter to the Romans (16:15)
  • Julia Drusillaname shared by the sister and daughter of Roman Emperor Caligula
  • Julia Caesaris (Maria)wife of Roman statesman Marius
  • Julia Domnawife of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus
  • Saint Julia of Corsicavirgin,martyr
  • Saint JuliaPortuguese martyr in Gaul
  • Julia Gardiner TylerU.S. First Lady as wife of President John Tyler
  • Julia Boggs Dent GrantU.S. First Lady as wife of President Ulysses S. Grant
  • Julia H. Johnstonhymnist
  • Julia "Julie" AndrewsBritish actress and singer
  • Julia Lennonmother of musician John Lennon
  • Julia Elizabeth Wellsbirth name of Julie Andrews, English actress and singer
  • Julia Carolyn ChildAmerican chef
  • Julia Scarlett Elizabeth LouisDreyfus, American actress and comedian
  • Julia Fiona RobertsAmerican actress
  • Julia O'Hara StilesAmerican actress
  • Julia Eileen Gillardfirst woman Prime Minister of Australia
  • Julia Ann "Julie" HarrisAmerican actress
  • Julia Mary "Julie" WaltersEnglish actress
  • Julia Marie MancusoAmerican Olympic skier
  • Julia Kathleen McKenzieEnglish actress
  • Julia ZemiroFrench,Australian TV presenter
  • Julia DunstallCanadian model
  • Julia Karin OrmondEnglish actress
  • Julia SawalhaEnglish actress
  • Julia Natasha Stonesinger of Australian duo Angus & Julia Stone
  • Julia Francesca Barretto (Baldivia)Filipina actress
  • Julia GorgesGerman tennis player
  • Julia BaskinAmerican co,author of "The Notebook Girls"
  • Julia Maria Ledóchowskabirth name of Saint Ursula Ledóchowska, Polish nun
  • Julia HartwigPolish poet
  • Julia Małgorzata KamińskaPolish actress
  • Julia PietruchaPolish actress and model
  • Julia Teresa PiteraPolish politician
  • Julia RosnowskaPolish actress
  • Julia SzychowiakPolish poet
  • Julia Magdalena WróblewskaPolish child actress
  • Julia WyszyńskaPolish actress
  • Julia BrennanAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Julia AlvarezDominican,American poet and novelist
  • Julia Mimi Belladaughter of actress Lacey Chabert
  • Julia Stout (b. 2014)daughter of American YouTubers Jason and Jessica "Aphmau" Stout
  • Julia StavickajaGerman rhythmic gymnast
  • Julia DerusPolish rhythmic gymnast
  • Julia Swayne GordonAmerican actress
  • Julia BascomAmerican autism rights activist and President of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network
  • Julia ZelgBrazilian YouTuber

Julia in Pop Culture

  • Juliacharacter in Shakespeare's "The Two Gentlemen of Verona"
  • Juliacharacter in George Orwell's "1984"
  • Julia Willowcharacter in Shirley Jackson's "The Sundial"
  • Julia McNamaracharacter on TV's "Nip/Tuck"
  • Julia Cobba character on TV's "Cougar Town"
  • Julia Bravermancharacter on TV's "Parenthood"
  • Julia Manneringcharacter in "Guy Mannering" by Sir Walter Scott
  • Julia Romanocharacter in Jodi Picoult's "My Sister's Keeper"
  • Julia Salingercharacter on TV's "Party of Five"
  • Julia Sugarbakercharacter on TV's "Designing Women"
  • Juliacharacter in movie "Heart and Souls"
  • Julia Wilcoxcharacter on TV's "Frasier"
  • Julia Myerscharacter in Jessica Burkhart's Canterwood Crest series
  • Julia Mendescharacter on German soap "Verboten Liebe"
  • Juliacharacter in manga/anime, 'Rave Master'
  • Julia Jason Andeliuscharacter in "The dung,beetle flies at dusk" by Maria Gripe
  • Juliacharacter in G. A. Henty's, The Young Carthaginian
  • Julia Shumwaymain character in the TV show "Under The Dome" based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.
  • Julia Ingledewcharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Julia Wickercharacter in "The Magicians"
  • Julia Grace Poldarkdaughter of Ross and Demelza Poldark in the TV show '
  • JuliaMuppet with autism on TV's "Sesame Street"
  • Julia Rusakova Harpercharacter in film "Oblivion"
  • "Julie & Julia" memoir by Julie Powell and 2009 movie about Julia Child
  • "Julia" 1977 movie and main character
  • "Julia" 2008 French movie and main character
  • "Julia" song by The Beatles inspired by Julia Lennon
  • Julia Wilesa character from the Nickelodeon cartoon "Welcome To The Wayne"
  • JuliaSpike's mysterious old flame in anime "Cowboy Bebop"
  • Julia Sasakicharacter on Netflix's "Atypical"

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