Meaning and Name Origin
Julia \j(u)-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 rare in the Middle Ages. Chef Julia Child; opera celebrity Julia Migenes; actresses Julia Ormond, Julia Roberts, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Julia Stiles.
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.
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 (#19120 out of 88799, Top 22%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Julia for girls. Julia reached its highest rank of #27 in the U.S. in 2001, and is at #86 presently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Julia and corresponding names. Giuliana (#373 the previous year), Jolette, Juli, Juliana (#157), Juliann, Julianne (#901), Julie (#409), Juliet (#258), Julieta (#961), Juliette (#255) and Julissa (#499) are the prominent variation forms of Julia (#86 the previous year). Adoption of these girl names was at its most widespread in the year 2011 and is almost as widespread today, but with the versions Juli, Julianne and Julie becoming less trendy. The more fashionable names for newborns here are Giuliana (#373), Juliana (#157), Juliet (#258), Juliette (#255) and Julissa (#499), with Juliet and Juliette going through a revival in usage. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Julia is pronounced similarly to Jalea, Jiuliya, Jiyulia, Jola, Joli, Jolie▼, Jullia, Jullie, Jully and July. Other suggested similar baby names are Eulia, Julisa, Junia and Tulia. These names tend to be less frequently used than Julia.