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Gender: Male Meaning of Julian: "youthful, downy" Origin of Julian: English from Latin, variation of Julius Julian's Popularity in 2017: #36

The name Julian is a boy's name of English, Latin origin meaning "youthful, downy". Julian is ranked #36 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Classic Baby Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Top 5/Bottom 5 Previous Signature".

From the experts:

Julian is a rising star, having overcome the somewhat pale, aesthetic image it projected in the past and become a solid, handsome, recommended choice, and now solidly in the Top 50.

Julian has numerous historic and cultural references. In addition to St Julian the Hospitaller, patron saint of travelers, and the Roman emperor Julian, there are activist/politician Julian Bond, singer Julian Lennon, novelist Julian Barnes and painter/filmmaker Julian Schnabel, as well as the hero of Stendhal's The Red and the Black and characters on such TV shows as "Alias" and "Law & Order."

In addition to being inside the Top 50 in the U.S., Julian has been enjoying an international resurgence in recent years, ranking high in places like the Netherlands, Austria and Sweden.

Celebrities who have chosen Julian for their sons include Robert De Niro, Lisa Kudrow, Jerry Seinfeld, and Paula Patton and Robin Thicke.

Jolyon is an interesting variant form, Julien is the French spelling, and Giuliano is the attractive Italian version.

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Famous People Named Julian

Julian (born Flavius Claudius Julianus), Roman Emperor
Saint Julian the Hospitaller
(John Charles) Julian Lennon, English musician; son of musician John Lennon
Julian Schnabel, American painter and film director
Julian Paul Assange, Australian activist and journalist; founder of WikiLeaks
Julian Ricardo Marley, Jamaican musician, son of musician Bob Marley
Julian Dana William McMahon, Australian actor
Julian Francis Edelman, American football player
Julian Vandervelde, American football player
Julián Elías Gil, Puerto Rican actor
Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford, English screenwriter, actor, director and politician
Julian Richard Morley Sands, English actor
Julian Kayle Mandrake, American guitarist of Blue October and Canvas
Julian Calhoun Adams, American actor
Julian Dorio, American drummer of The Whigs
Julian Casablancas, American lead singer of The Strokes
Julian Hawthorne, American novelist and journalist, son of novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne
Julian David Morris, English actor
Julian Lamar Posey, American football player
Julian David Cope, English musician of The Teardrop Explodes
Julian Seymour Schwinger, American theoretical physicist and Nobel prize winner
Julian Barratt, English comedian
Julian Knowle, Austrian tennis player
Julian Lloyd Webber, English cellist; brother of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Julian Weinrib (b. 1982), son of musician Geddy Lee of Rush
Julian Winding (b. 1984), son of actress Brigitte Nielsen and Kasper Winding
Julian Messina (b. 1992), son of musician Jim Messina
Julian Emerson Dilley (b. 1993), one of the first surviving sextuplets in the U.S.
Julian Henry De Niro (b. 1995), son of actor Robert De Niro; twin of brother Aaron Kendrick
(Marcos) Julián Figueroa-Fernández (b. 1995), son of singer Joan Sebastian and actress/model Maribel Guardia
Julian Moses (b. 1995), son of runner Edwin Moses
Julián Elías Gil, Jr. (b. 1995), son of actor Julián Gil
Julian Naceri (b. 1995), son of actor Samy Naceri
Julian Murray Stern (b. 1998), son of actress Lisa Kudrow
Julian Corrie Broadus (b. 1999), son of rapper Snoop Dogg
Julian Tauevihi (b. 2000), son of actress Stephanie Tauevihi
Julian Kal Seinfeld (b. 2003), son of actor/comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Julian Exxel (b. 2010), son of singer Tobial Exxel of metal band Edguy
Julian Fuego Thicke (b. 2010), son of singer Robin Thicke and actress Paula Patton
Julian Daniel Wilcox (b. 2010), son of NFL player Daniel Wilcox
Julian Kahn (b. 2011), son of footballer Oliver Kahn
Julian Form (b. 2013), son of actress Jordana Brewster and Andrew Form
Julian Paz Fedorov (b. 2013), son of singer Anthony Fedorov and actress Jennifer Paz
Julian Lidell (b. 2015), son of singer Jamie Lidell
Saint Julian Rembert Ravenel (b. 2017), son of TV personalities Kathryn Dennis and Thomas Ravenel of "Southern Charm"
Julian Brandt, German professional footballer

Pop Culture References for the name Julian

Julian Carax, character in "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Julian Baker, character on TV's "One Tree Hill"
Dr. Julian Bashir, character on TV's "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"
Julian Luthor, Lex Luthor's brother on TV's "Smallville"
Julian McGrath, little boy in movie "Big Daddy"
Julian Marquet Sr, character in V.C. Andrews' Dollanganger Series
Julian 'Jory' Janus Marquet Jr, character in V.C. Andrews' Dollanganger Series
Julian "Jules" Blackthorn, character in "The Dark Artifices" by Cassandra Clare
Julian, character in Enid Blyton's "Famous Five" series
Julien Mayfair, character in Lives of the Mayfair Witches series by Anne Rice
Julian, character in The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny
Julian, character in Dave Eggers's "What is the What"
Julian, narrator of P.B. Shelley's poem "Julian and Maddalo: A Conversation"
Julian Sark, character on TV's "Alias"
Julian Moore, character in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series
Julian "Jules" Wyatt, main character in G. A. Henty's, Through Russian Snows
Julian Savage, character in "Dark Challenge" by Christine Feehan
Julian, main character in mockumentary "Trailer Park Boys"
Julian, main character in Flannery O'Connor's "Everything That Rises Must Converge"
Julian Kaye, main character in movie "American Gigolo"
Julian "Bean" Delphiki, character in Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game series
Julian, character in video game "Little Fighter 2"
Julian Kintobor, birth name of Ivo Robotnik, villain in the Sonic the Hedgehog series
Julian Marsh, main character in musical "42nd Street"
Julian Luna, character on TV's "Kindred: The Embraced"
Julian, character in P.D James's "The Children of Men"
Julian Thompson, main character in Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives
Julian, character in Brett Easton Ellis' novel "Less than Zero" and portrayed by Robert Downey, Jr. in the film adaption
Julian Albert Desmond aka Doctor Alchemy, character on TV's "The Flash"
Julian Morrow, Greek professor from Donna Tartt's novel, "The Secret History"
Julián Nieves aka El Julí, character in the novel "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos" by Carrie Toth
Julian Devorak, a plague doctor from the new visual novel "The Arcana" on the app store by Nix Hydra
"Julian", song by Say Lou Lou

Julianne, Julien, Jolyon, Julean, Juliaan, Julianne, Juliano, Jullian, Julyan, Julianus

Julian's International Variations

Julien (French) Giuliano, Giulio (Italian) Julián, Julio (Spanish) Juià (Catalan) Jule (Dutch) Juli (Hungarian) Halian (Zuni)