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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 Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

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

Saint Julian the Hospitaller
Julian (born Flavius Claudius Julianus), Roman Emperor
(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 Brandt, German professional footballer
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 De Niro
(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"

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
Julian Jarman, character in Elizabeth Enright's children's novel "Gone-Away Lake"

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)


LaulenaG Says:


My all time favorite boy's name! It's great for anyone to name their child. It's familiar so grandparents won't be angered, but unusual enough to not blend into a crowd of name twins (i.e. "Jack").

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


It's funny that Julian means "downy" because once when I was younger, I named a character on my game Downy. I don't know why, probably after the laundry product. I was just a weird kid. His son was also named Downy, but then he had a son named Julian. I used to dislike this name because I thought it was too common, but I like it more now.

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Bella20 Says:


My son’s name is Julian and I love it. It’s sweet and sensitive just like him. I might save the nickname Jules for when he’s older though- right now he’s still my little juju berry or juicy bear :).

NykkiJo Says:


This name has popped up in everything I read or played lately. The character is always rich and usually intelligent or sensitive.

ashbee Says:


Great international name. I had no idea it was so popular, but I'm glad it is.

julian Says:


my name is julian

heliotrope Says:


Julian is a handsome, softer name for boys with tons of great namesakes. Jules is a cute nickname. The Beatles song "Hey Jude" was written for John Lennon's son Julian originally as "Hey Jules" but he changed the name in the end to make it less personal to his life. Julian has great international versatility and is popular all over the world. Wherever a Julian goes, people will recognize and be able to pronounce his name.

TheHumanCanvas Says:


I think Julian's a wonderful name :)

Ashleigh Says:


I love the name Julian... Its a very handsom name... It will be the name of my newest son...

ThistleThorn Says:


This name just sounds "rich" for some reason.

indiefendi2 Says:


I've always seen it as girly but it's very popular for boys. Julians usually get called Jules.

jeanniebear Says:


I really want this name for my baby boy.. but everyone is saying it's girly, & they are going to call him JUJU and shorten it to now I don't know.

Tobias Says:


I love it

unicornluvgirl Says:


Awesome! It sounds masculine but kind and soft at the same time. Great.

Shishi Says:


JULIAN nn JULES BLACKTHORN!!!!! OMG!!!!! I CANT WAIT TILL 2015 FOR THE BOOKS!!!!!!! Sorry i got really exited.

Guest Says:


I secretly like this for a girl haha

Sweekune Says:


An okay name. I love the nickname Jules but prefer Julius for a full name.