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What does Julia mean?

Julia Pronunciation of Julia [ju-lia] as a girls' name is pronounced joo-lee-AH, zhoo-lee-AH. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Julia is "youthful; Jove's child". Feminine of Julius. Used among the early Christians, but seldom found in the Middle Ages. Chef Julia Child; opera celebrity Julia Migenes; actresses Julia Ormond, Julia Roberts, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Julia Stiles.

Associated with: youthful, opera.


Julia has 43 variants: Giulia, Giuliana, Giulianna, Giulianne, Giulietta, Jiulia, Joleta, Joletta, Jolette, Julaine, Julayna, Julee, Juleen, Julena, Juley, Juli, Juliaeta, Juliaetta, Juliana, Juliane, Juliann, Julianne, Julie, Julienne, Juliet, Julieta, Julietta, Juliette, Julina, Juline, Julinka, Juliska, Julissa, Julita, Julitta, Julyana, Julyanna, Julyet, Julyetta, Julyette, Julyne, Yulia and Yuliya.

Creative forms:
(female) Jolia, Juslia, ..

(male) Juliahu, ..

Middle name pairings:
Julia Adelaide (J.A.), ..

How popular is Julia?

Julia is a very prominent first name for females (#89 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#24386 out of 150436, Top 16%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Julia reached its highest rank of #27 in the U.S. in 2001, and is at #89 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Julia name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Julia outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Giulia, Giuliana (#463 from current records), Giulianna, Jolette, Julee, Juli, Juliana (#168), Juliane, Juliann, Julianne (#898), Julie (#453), Julienne, Juliet (#240), Julieta (#804), Julietta (#1675), Juliette (#226) and Julissa (#548) are the prominent variation forms of Julia (#89 from current records). Adoption of these relations of Julia was more pronounced in the 1960s (adoption of 1.5%) and is now much lower (adoption 0.7%, 53%). Julia is the steady favorite, though Julieta has gained in usage, while versions like Julia are now somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Julia, Giulia, Giuliana, Giulianna, Jolette in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Julee, Juli, Juliana, Juliane, Juliann in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Julianne, Julie, Julienne, Juliet, Julieta in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Julietta, Juliette, Julissa in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Julia, Julie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Julia is pronounced similarly to Gelya, Giula, Giullia, Jalea, Jayla, Jeyla, Jilli, Jillie, Jilly, Jiuliya, Jiyulia, Joela, Joella, Jola, Jolee, Joley, Joli, Jolie, Joly, Joolie, Jullee, Jullia, Jullie, Jully and July. Other suggested similar names are Alia, Allia, Auria, Belia, Delia, Dulsia, Dumia, Eulia, Fulvia, Halia, Helia, Illia, Jalin, Jalisa, Jelina, Jelka, Jilian, Jinia, Jioia, Jocia, Jolin, Jolina, Jolisa, Juana, Judi, Judit, Judita, Julisa, Julisha, Junia, Junita, Justa, Kalia, Lalia, Lelia, Lilia, Lucia, Malia, Melia, Nelia, Nubia, Olia, Pelia, Rubia, Selia, Silia, Talia, Tulia, Tullia and Zalia. These names tend to be less frequently used than Julia.

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