Gender: Male Meaning of Julian: "youthful, downy" Origin of Julian: English from Latin, variation of Julius Julian's Popularity in 2018: #36

Julian Origin and Meaning

The name Julian is a boy's name of English, Latin origin meaning "youthful, downy".

Julian was derived from Iulianus, which in turn came from Julius, the Roman family name from ioulos, a Greek term meaning “downy-bearded.” Julian was a 4th century Roman emperor, and St. Julian the Hospitaller is the patron saint of travelers. In Medieval England, Julian was considered a unisex name, eventually giving rise to the feminine given name Gillian.

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 and the emperor 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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Rank in US: #36

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Famous People Named Julian

Pop Culture References for the name Julian

Julien, Julianne, 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.