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Gender: Female Meaning of Julia: "youthful" Origin of Julia: Latin Julia's Popularity in 2017: #93

The name Julia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "youthful". Julia is ranked #93 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Pick 5 (GIRLS)".

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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 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 1960s 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 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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Famous People Named Julia

Julia Caesaris, daughter of Roman Emperor Julius Caesar
Julia Augusta (born Livia Drusilla), wife of Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar
Julia the Elder, daughter of Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar
Julia the Younger, daughter of Julia the Elder
Julia, named in Paul's letter to the Romans (16:15)
Julia Drusilla, name shared by the sister and daughter of Roman Emperor Caligula
Julia Caesaris (Maria), wife of Roman statesman Marius
Julia Domna, wife of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus
Saint Julia of Corsica, virgin-martyr
Saint Julia, Portuguese martyr in Gaul
Julia Gardiner Tyler, U.S. First Lady as wife of President John Tyler
Julia Boggs Dent Grant, U.S. First Lady as wife of President Ulysses S. Grant
Julia H. Johnston, hymnist
Julia "Julie" Andrews, British actress and singer
Julia Lennon, mother of musician John Lennon
Julia Elizabeth Wells, birth name of Julie Andrews, English actress and singer
Julia Carolyn Child, American chef
Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus, American actress and comedian
Julia Fiona Roberts, American actress
Julia O'Hara Stiles, American actress
Julia Eileen Gillard, first woman Prime Minister of Australia
Julia Ann "Julie" Harris, American actress
Julia Mary "Julie" Walters, English actress
Julia Marie Mancuso, American Olympic skier
Julia Kathleen McKenzie, English actress
Julia Zemiro, French-Australian TV presenter
Julia Dunstall, Canadian model
Julia Karin Ormond, English actress
Julia Sawalha, English actress
Julia Natasha Stone, singer of Australian duo Angus & Julia Stone
Julia Francesca Barretto (Baldivia), Filipina actress
Julia Gorges, German tennis player
Julia Baskin, American co-author of "The Notebook Girls"
Julia Maria Ledóchowska, birth name of Saint Ursula Ledóchowska, Polish nun
Julia Hartwig, Polish poet
Julia Małgorzata Kamińska, Polish actress
Julia Pietrucha, Polish actress and model
Julia Teresa Pitera, Polish politician
Julia Rosnowska, Polish actress
Julia Szychowiak, Polish poet
Julia Magdalena Wróblewska, Polish child actress
Julia Wyszyńska, Polish actress
Julia Brennan, American singer-songwriter
Julia Alvarez, Dominican-American poet and novelist
Julia Mimi Bella, daughter of actress Lacey Chabert
Julia Stout (b. 2014), daughter of American YouTubers Jason and Jessica "Aphmau" Stout
Julia Stavickaja, German rhythmic gymnast
Julia Derus, Polish rhythmic gymnast
Julia Swayne Gordon, American actress

Pop Culture References for the name Julia

Julia, character in Shakespeare's "The Two Gentlemen of Verona"
Julia, character in George Orwell's "1984"
Julia McNamara, character on TV's "Nip/Tuck"
Julia Cobb, a character on TV's "Cougar Town"
Julia Braverman, character on TV's "Parenthood"
Julia Mannering, character in "Guy Mannering" by Sir Walter Scott
Julia Romano, character in Jodi Picoult's "My Sister's Keeper"
Julia Salinger, character on TV's "Party of Five"
Julia Sugarbaker, character on TV's "Designing Women"
Julia, character in movie "Heart and Souls"
Julia Wilcox, character on TV's "Frasier"
Julia Myers, character in Jessica Burkhart's Canterwood Crest series
Julia Mendes, character on German soap "Verboten Liebe"
Julia, character in manga/anime, 'Rave Master'
Julia Jason Andelius, character in "The dung-beetle flies at dusk" by Maria Gripe
Julia, character in G. A. Henty's, The Young Carthaginian
Julia Shumway, main character in the TV show "Under The Dome" based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.
Julia Ingledew, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Julia Wicker, character in "The Magicians"
Julia Grace Poldark, daughter of Ross and Demelza Poldark in the TV show '
Julia, Muppet with autism on TV's "Sesame Street"
Julia Rusakova Harper, character 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 Wiles, a character from the Nickelodeon cartoon "Welcome To The Wayne"
Julia, Spike's mysterious old flame in anime "Cowboy Bebop"
Julia Sasaki, character on Netflix's "Atypical"


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.