[ 3 syll. ju-lia, jul-ia ] The baby girl name Julia is pronounced in English as JHUW-Liy-ah, in German as YUW-Liy-aa, in Polish as YUHL-Yaa, or in Spanish as HHUW-LYaa †. Julia is of Latin origin. It is used mainly in English, German, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish. The name Julia means 'Jupiter's child, downy'. It is a biblical name derived from the word iovilius with the meaning 'dedicated to Jupiter'. An original form of the name is Julia (Latin). The Roman first name was borne in the Bible by a woman whom Paul addressed in his Epistle to the Romans. The name was also borne by various early saints. In literature, the name was borne by a character in the Shakespeare play Two Gentlemen of Verona (1592). The name was first adopted by English speakers in the 16th century, and saw a growth in popularity from the revival of classical names in the 18th century. Julia is the feminine form of the English, German, and Greek Julius.
Julia is a widely used name; it has 86 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of Julia include Gillie, Giulia (used in Italian as well), Giulianna, Giulie, Huria, Jewelia, Jiulia, Joleta, Joletta, Jolette, Jolyon, Jooley, Joolie, Julaine, Julayna, Julea, Juleah, Juleen, Julena, Juley, Juli (used in Hungarian as well), Juliaeta, Juliaetta, Juliah, Julian, Juliana (used in Czech, Dutch, Slavic, and Spanish as well), Juliann, Julianna (used in Hungarian as well), Julianne, and Julienne. Other English forms include the diminutives Juel, Julie (used in French, and Scandinavian as well), and Juliette (used in French as well), and the spelling variant Julee.
Forms used in foreign languages include Giulietta (Italian), Iulia (Romanian), Jula (Czech, Polish, and Slavic), Julca (Czech), Julcia (Polish), Julcsa (Hungarian), Julene (Basque), Juliaca (Spanish), Juliane (French), Julianka (Hungarian), Julica (German), Julieta (French and Spanish), Julija (Slavic), Juliska (Czech and Hungarian), Julita (Spanish), Julka (Czech and Polish), Sile (Irish), Sileas (Scottish), Yula (Slavic), Yulene (Basque), Yulia (Russian), Yulinka (Russian), Yuliya (Russian), Yulka (Russian), and Yulya (Russian). The diminutives Jule (German), Jules (French), and Julika (German and Hungarian) are other foreign forms.
Julia is an all-time favorite. At present it is still popular as a baby girl name, but not as much as it was in the past. In 1900, 0.556% of baby girls were named Julia. It had a ranking of #46 then. The baby name has dropped in popularity since then, and is in recent times of modest use. In 2016, it ranked at #88 with a usage of 0.172%, but it was nevertheless the most popular among all girl names in its family. Julia was 70% more regularly used than the 2nd most popular name, Juliana, in 2016. Julia has mainly been a baby girl name, although in the last century it has also been used for boys. There were 82 times more baby girls than boys who were named Julia in 1908.
Baby names that sound like Julia include Julea, Juliah, Jacquella, Jaella, Jakaela, Jakaila, Jalaja, Jalea, Jaleah, Jaleala, Jalecia, Jaleela, Jaleelah, Jaleesa, Jalesa, Jalessa, Jalia, Jalicia, Jalisa, and Jalisha.
† Pronunciation for Julia: JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; UW as in "two (T.UW)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; Y as in "you (Y.UW)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; UH as in "look (L.UH.K)" ; HH as in "he (HH.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Julia:
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, born 13 January 1961, New York, New York.
Actress Julia Roberts, born 28 October 1967, Smyrna, Georgia.
Actress Julia Stiles, born 28 March 1981, New York, New York.
Actress Lana Turner, born Julia Jean Mildred Frances Turner 8 February 1920 - 29 June 1995, Wallace, Idaho.
Chef Julia Child, born Julia McWilliams 15 August 1912 - 12 August 2004, Pasadena, California.
Poet Julia Ward Howe, born 27 May 1819 - 17 October 1910, New York, New York.
Rock Musicians Julia Volkova, born 2000, Moscow, Russia.
US First Lady Julia Dent Grant, born 26 January 1826 - 14 December 1902, St. Louis, Missouri.