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Julia began as a baby name for family members of Julius Caesar. It was a regal name that was only utilized by this family, but soon began to spread throughout Rome due to the family's popularity. Julia is now close to a top 100 name for girls.

Meaning of the name Julia:

Latin: youthful, sky father, downy

Origin of the name Julia:

Julia is the feminine version of the Latin name Julius. Julia Augusta was a family member of the first Julius, who was Julius Caesar, who required this name, then their daughter was called Julia the Elder. In the New Testament, Julia was briefly mentioned in Romans chapter 16, and remained a popular name among the saints. Julia became a popular name in England in the 1700s.

Symbolism of the name Julia:

Julia has the same meaning as the baby name Julian. Despite its ancient roots, it still has an elegant and modern feel to it.

baby name Julia

Style of the name Julia:

Classical

Gender of the name Julia:

Julia is a very feminine baby name.

Pronunciation of the name Julia:

JOO-lee-uh

Number of syllables in the name Julia:

Three

Emotion evoked from the name Julia:

Julia feels like an edgy and modern name despite being classical in nature. It still has a sense of regality and femininity too, however.

Alternative spellings for the name Julia:

  • Jullia
  • Julya
  • Jullya
  • Jewelia
  • Jewelya

Nicknames for the name Julia:

  • Jules
  • Jule
  • Jewel 
  • Julsie
  • Julsy
  • Juju

Popularity of the name Julia:

Julia has always been a popular name in America, even remaining on the top 50 list until 1919. The name has only been on the top 200 list from 1933 to 1938, from 1944 5o 1979, and now in 2020 at rank 107. It has primarily spent the last century on the top 50 or top 100 lists.

Related names for the name Julia:

Great middle names for Julia and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Julia:

  • Julia Michaels (singer, “Issues”))
  • Julia Roberts (actress, “Pretty Woman”)
  • Julia Johnston (hymnast, “Grace Greater Than All Our Sin”)
  • Julia Lennon (wife of John Lennon)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (actress, “Veep”)
  • Julia Stiles (actress, “10 Things I Hate About You”)
  • Julia Wells (birth name of Julie Andrews, actress, “Princess Diaries”)

Julias in popular culture:

  • Julia (character from “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” by Shakespeare)
  • Julia (character from “1984”)
  • Julia Willow (character from “The Sundial”)
  • Julia Braverman (character from “Parenthood”)
  • Julia Cobb (character from “Cougar Town”)
  • Julia Sugarbaker (character from “Designing Women”)
  • Julia (character from “Heart and Souls”)