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What does Julian mean?

Julian Pronunciation of Julian as a boys' name is pronounced JOO-lee-en. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Julian is "youthful; Jove's child". Variant of Julius, the family clan name of several of the most powerful Roman emperors. First used in the 18th century. See also Giuliano. Musician Julian Lennon; activist Julian Bond.


ASSOCIATED WITH youthful (red), clan (surname), powerful, roman, emperors (king), 18th century


VARIANTS Jolyon, Jules, Juliano, Julianus, Julien, Julio, Julius, Julyan


FEMININE FORMS Gillian, Jillian, Juliana



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How popular is Julian?

Julian is a very popular first name for males (#276 out of 1220, Top 23%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#2277 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Julian reached its top position of #36 in the U.S. in 2018. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular related forms of Julian (#36 FROM RECENT DATA) are Julius (#341), Julio (#522), Julien (#576), Jules (#1752) and Jule. Usage of these forms of Julian reached its apex 1 year ago (ADOPTION OF 0.6%) and has remained as conventional to this day (ADOPTION 0.6%, 1% MORE), but with versions such as Jules becoming somewhat outmoded. Julian and Julien are two of the more chic birth names in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Julian, Jule, Jules, Julien, Julio, Julius in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Julian, Julius outside U.S.

Similar Names

Julian is pronounced similarly to Jaelan, Jaelin, Jailin, Jalan, Jalen, Jalenn, Jalon, Jaylan and Jaylin. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Ailean, Allan, Arian, Brian, Cillian, Colan, Colman, Cullan, Curran, Dallan, Damian, Delman, Dillan, Dyllan, Eilan, Eilean, Eilian, Eirian, Elian, Filian, Gilian, Gillan, Gilman, Gullan, Jacan, Jacian, Jadrian, Jalin, Jaliyl, Jallal, Jaquan, Jarin, Jean, Jeavan, Jediah, Jentian, Jeriah, Jesiah, Jevan, Jian, Jordan, Jorian, Joslin, Juan, Jul, Julee (see July), Juli, Junius, Jurian, Justan, Juwan, Kalan, Kilian, Lucan, Lucian, Lukan, Nolan, Nollan, Rylan, Salman, Sulaiman, Suman, Sylvan, Tilman, Vyvian and Zalman. These names tend to be less commonly used than Julian.

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