Gender: Female Meaning of Julia: "youthful or sky father" Origin of Julia: Latin Julia's Popularity in 2019: #99

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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ashleycarter Says:


I loved the name Julia ever since I heard Jeff Buckley cover the song Julia originally by The Beatles. I was lucky enough to hear him live at sin-e back in the 90s. Goodness, wish I appreciated his other songs more before he died.

SouthernPeach Says:


My sister is named this. She's adopted from Poland and so it's pronounced Yool-ee-uh or Yool-ah. Her nickname w/ the Polish pronounciation is Julka. In English, we call her Juju, JJ (for Just Julia since she didn't want a nn for a while), Jules, and Jules McFools, christened by our childhood neighbor playfully.

I have the funniest pet peeve about the English pronounciation of her name though lol! She couldn't care less about it, but it annoys me so much when people say her name as Jule-yuh instead of Jule-ee-uh. Maybe it's just the southern US accent, but it frustrates me to no end lol!!! ;D

Nameofthewind Says:


I LOVE this name. There is something so spunky about it! I think it ages beautifully. Classic but not too old. I would use the nicknames Julie or Lia.

EvaThyssen Says:


I love Julia, it's gorgeous, classic and sounds nice in every language. You can't go wrong with Julia.

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Yara Says:


So dignified and elegant! I can't wait to use it for my future daughter.

CookieCrumbs Says:


This is my name (also my great, great grandmothers).

I don't like it for me, but it's very pretty. I often get compliments on it. I didn't know very many other Julias growing up, however, at work there is a Yulia, a Yuliana, and when I started, I was the second Julia. I meet a lot of Julies and Julias as a cashier. Before I decided against having children, I was going to name a son Julian (after my great, great, grandfather. He and great, great grandma Julia had the CUTEST names together, and honestly, I'd totes marry a Julian for the name matching). I actually within the past couple years met a (now) really good friend with a small Julian who is super sweet.

Nicknames I've had over the years are Jula (pronounced Joo-Lah), Julz (like Jewels), and Juju (I share this nickname with my friend's Julian). My grandpa calls me Julie, but only he is allowed. xD I feel like Juli is a way cute spelling variation of Julie as a nickname, but I've spent my life telling me not to call me Julie, I can't start saying "Call me Juli without the E."

Daiseymae Says:


You can't go wrong with this name.😀

Willow and Wyvern Says:


Light-hearted, slips off your tongue, fun and simple--Julia, the perfect name

ssister Says:


Love, Love, Love this name! Julia is one of my favorites. It has much charm, beauty and elegance.

ConcordNames Says:


To me--uninteresting, clunky, forgettable.

paulapuddephatt Says:


It's a lovely name. The trouble with "trendy" names is that they soon become dated. Classic is best, for sure. 😃 Xxx

paulapuddephatt Says:


I think it's timeless, and a name that I can imagine on someone of any age.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love Julia and Julie. They are both beautiful and classic, and their simplicity makes them better choices, in my opinion, than Juliet, Juliette, Julianne, etc, although they're all lovely names.

TheSlothPrincess Says:


I am a Julia and I love my name. When I was little, I thought the other girls in my class had "cooler" names than me, but now that I'm older I think my name is classic and elegant. I'm a history buff and I love that my name has ancient roots!

DewiSofia Says:


I read on multiple websites that Julia means joung one with facial hair..

flamingo Says:


I currently teach 6 girls named Julia in middle school! Never realized it was so popular!

ThistleThorn Says:


I don't think this is that common anymore. I've only met two little girls named Julia.

indiefendi2 Says:


I'm warming up to this name, for the longest time it screamed old woman to me but it's very pretty.

_ Says:


I've always adored this name! I think Julie or Lia as a nickname would be nice.

Leah3456 Says:


Timeless, classic name.

Guest Says:


Always had a WASPy sound to it in my opinion but I've grown to think it's a beautiful name.

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Claredelune Says:


Such a lovely name--strong with just the right amount of sparkle. It sounds vibrant, buoyant, just like its meaning.

LunaCross Says:


I know someonme with this name.