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International Variations of Julia

Julia is one of the most classic baby girl names, one that has a wide range of appealing variations around the world. Many of the most familiar international variations of Julia have become popular names in their own right, such as the French Juliette and Spanish Juliana. Julia still remains the most common form of the name, although it is experiencing a decline in popularity.

Along with Juliette and Juliana, other international variations of Julia in the US Top 1000 include Julianna, Juliet, Julieta, Julie, Julissa, and Giuliana. Attractive international options worth exploring include Giulia — a top choice in Italy — Ioulia, Uliana, and Xiana.

Julia derivative Julie was once more popular than the original. It now feels like a mom — or even grandma! — name; a far cry from its meaning of “youthful.” French variation Juli is fresher.

An international variation of Julia can be a creative and stylish way to honor a Julia, Julie, or Julian in your life or an option for finding uncommon names with historical roots. Take a look at our Julia variants from around the world, below.
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JuliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "youthful or sky father"
  • Description:

    Julia was an ancient Roman imperial name given to females in the house of a Julius, as in Caesar. Its origin is shrouded in history, but possible roots include Latin iuvenis, meaning "youthfu"; Greek ioulos, meaning “downy-bearded”; or Jovis, a form of Jupiter, which means "sky father".

JulietHeart

  • Origin:

    English from Latin
  • Meaning:

    "youthful or sky father"
  • Description:

    One of the most romantic names, the lovely and stylish Juliet seems finally to have shaken off her limiting link to Romeo. In Shakespeare's play, it was Juliet who said "What's in a name?"

JulietteHeart

  • Origin:

    French from Latin
  • Meaning:

    "little Julia"
  • Description:

    Juliette, pronounced with the emphasis on the last syllable, adds a little something extra to Juliet. In the past years it has been rising up the chart.

JulianaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "youthful or sky father"
  • Description:

    Long common in Europe, the elegant and regal Juliana, also spelled with two n's, has invaded these shores, in tandem with the more classic Julia. Together with Julian, the name derives from Julius, a Roman family name. Its origin is shrouded in history, but possible roots include Latin iuvenis, meaning "youthfu"; Greek ioulos, meaning “downy-bearded”; or Jovis, a form of Jupiter, which means "sky father".

JuliannaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "youthful or sky father"
  • Description:

    Together with Julian, the name Juliana/Julianna derives from Julius, a Roman family name. Its origin is shrouded in history, but possible roots include Latin iuvenis, meaning "youthfu"; Greek ioulos, meaning “downy-bearded”; or Jovis, a form of Jupiter, which means "sky father".
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JulieHeart

  • Origin:

    French from Latin
  • Meaning:

    "youthful, sky father"
  • Description:

    Wildly popular in the 1960s and '70s, Julie is no longer anywhere near as stylish as the name's longer forms. Try Juliet, Juliana, or even the more grownup Julia.

GiuliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Julia
  • Meaning:

    "youthful"
  • Description:

    An Italian version of an English classic beginning to be adopted by cutting-edge American parents, including Entourage's Debi Mazar.

GiulianaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Juliana
  • Meaning:

    "youthful"
  • Description:

    Italian names like Gianna, Giovanna, Giulia, and Giuliana are being used increasingly by trendy baby namers—whether they have Italian roots or not. The Gi standing in for the more conventional J at the beginning seems to automatically make a name more appealing and exotic to some.

JuliannHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "youthful or sky father"
  • Description:

    Variant of Julian or Julianne

JulietaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Juliet
  • Meaning:

    "little Julia"
  • Description:

    The lovely Shakespearean Juliet is finding renewed interest as a baby name today, and Julieta is along for the ride, especially among Spanish families.
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JulienneHeart

  • Origin:

    French from Latin
  • Meaning:

    "youthful or sky father"
  • Description:

    Fine in France, but here it means vegetables sliced into thin strips.

YuliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian, variation of Yuliya, cognate of Julia
  • Meaning:

    "youth"
  • Description:

    This is the Armenian version of the familia Julia, which has a rich and evocative sound. Other variations are Iuliya, and the diminitive Yulya.

JovitaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish, feminine variation of Jove, Roman king of the gods
  • Description:

    Lively and joyful. Jovie could be a cute short form.

JulissaHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    This modern Julia-Alissa hybrid is now on the decline in popularity.

IuliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Slavic version of Latin Julia
  • Meaning:

    "youthful"
  • Description:

    This spelling makes Julia exotic and distinctive.
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JulianeHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "youthful or sky father"
  • Description:

    Variant of Julianne

IulianaHeart

  • Origin:

    Romanian version of Latin Julia
  • Meaning:

    "youthful"
  • Description:

    What Juliana looks like in Romania and some surrounding countries; it's also found in a completely different culture: Hawaiian.

JulittaHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch variation of Julia
  • Description:

    This fairly obscure saint's name was chosen by Oscar-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden for one of her twins.

XianaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Xuliana, Galician
  • Meaning:

    "youthful"
  • Description:

    An older name with a modern sensibility — Xiana derives from Xuliana, the Galician variation of Juliana.
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IúileHeart

  • Origin:

    Gaelic
  • Meaning:

    "youthful"
  • Description:

    Irish Gaelic form of Julia

IouliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek version of Latin Julia
  • Meaning:

    "youthful"
  • Description:

    Pronounced very much like the English version, this is Julia as it's heard in Greece.

XuliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Galician variation of Julia, Latin
  • Meaning:

    "youthful"
  • Description:

    X replaces J in the Galicia region of Spain but is pronounced with the same H sound, making Xulia and Xulio the equivalent of Julia and Julio.
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YuliyaHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Bulgarian
  • Meaning:

    "youthful, downy"
  • Description:

    Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian and Bulgarian form of Julia.

UlianaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Ulyana, Russian
  • Meaning:

    "youthful"
  • Description:

    A lovely and intriguing option among the girl names beginning with U.
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IulijaHeart

  • Origin:

    Lithuanian version of Latin Julia
  • Meaning:

    "youthful"
  • Description:

    One of many Slavic twists on Julia; other variants include Julija, Yulinka and Yulka.

JuljanaHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish and Albanian variation of Juliana, Latin
  • Meaning:

    "youthful"
  • Description:

    Juliana variant heard in various European countries.

XulianaHeart

  • Origin:

    Galician variation of Juliana, Latin
  • Meaning:

    "youthful"
  • Description:

    This extra exciting Juliana variant originated in the Galicia region of Spain.
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IuileHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish variation of Julia, Latin
  • Meaning:

    "youthful"
  • Description:

    The Irish take on Julia, typically spelled Iúile.

JulijanaHeart

  • Origin:

    Slavic variation of Juliana, Latin
  • Meaning:

    "youthful"
  • Description:

    Form of Juliana used in countries including the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, and Macedonia.
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JulianitaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish from Latin
  • Meaning:

    "youthful or sky father"
  • Description:

    Spanish diminutive of Juliana
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