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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