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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 US popularity list in fifty years, it is a current hit in its native France—where it's currently Number 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.

Famous People Named Jules

Jules Gabriel Verne, French author
Jules Olitski, American painter
Jules Ralph Feiffer, American cartoonist
Jules Émile Frédéric Massenet, French composer
Jules Sébastien César Dumont d'Urville, French explorer
Jules Lucien André Bianchi, French Formula One driver
Jules Michelet, French historian
Jules Jordan, American adult film director
Jules Jean Baptiste Vincent Bordet, French microbiologist; winner of the Nobel Prize
Jules A. Hoffmann, French biologist; winner of the Nobel Prize
Julian "Jules" Lennon, English musician; son of musician John Lennon
Jules Jeptha "Jep" Robertson, American reality TV personality ("Duck Dynasty")
Jules Augustus "Gus" Robertson, adopted son of Jep and Jessica Robertson
Jules Andrew Grey (b. 2015), son of American producer Brad Grey

Pop Culture References for the name Jules

Jules Amedée François Maigret, detective created by Georges Simenon
Jules, birth name of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" character Dr. Julian Bashir
Jules Winnfield, character in "Pulp Fiction"
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 The Dark Artifices and The Mortal Instruments series
"Jules and Jim," 1963 French film

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