Julia Name Meaning

A sweet classic with timeless appeal, Julia is a longtime favorite among parents. Her popularity peaked in the early 2000s, but her dip in usage has made her a standout star again, avoiding the worn feel of some of today’s super popular picks.

She’s unique in sound among the top names, though she does share some in-demand syllables. Her -ia ending is trending hard, appearing in top picks like Amelia, Olivia, and Sophia, yet Julia isn’t nearly as common. She is, of course, a J name as well, a letter that has long been a love of many thanks to its energy.

While a classic, she has the edge over her sisters Julie and Julianne, retaining a modern appeal about her. She does have some longer variants to explore as well like Juliette, Julietta, and Juliana. Her nicknames of Jules and Lia are simply precious, yet she isn’t automatically shortened like Elizabeth or Isabella for those who dislike nicknames.

Julia is also a biblical name, appearing in Romans 16:15 as a woman who Paul sent greetings to. She may not be as major or obvious as Null or Ruth, but she still makes an appearance in the holy book.

Julia readily crosses languages thanks to her Latin roots, though she does have some international variants if you’re looking for something more. Her Italian sister of Giulia shares her sound while her Russian variant Yulia switches things up a bit.

Infographic of Julia name meaning, which is A feminine form of Julius, Julia means downy haired and youthful.
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Julia Name Popularity

How popular is the name Julia? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 49 2,055 0.5837%
1911 44 2,148 0.5768%
1912 43 2,815 0.5582%
1913 42 3,186 0.5619%
1914 42 3,809 0.5466%
1915 44 4,829 0.5315%
1916 46 5,066 0.5244%
1917 47 5,073 0.5071%
1918 48 5,265 0.4906%
1919 48 4,946 0.4723%
1920 55 4,888 0.4396%
1921 58 4,735 0.4135%
1922 60 4,610 0.4138%
1923 62 4,319 0.3856%
1924 62 4,285 0.369%
1925 65 4,046 0.358%
1926 75 3,680 0.3346%
1927 76 3,574 0.3229%
1928 80 3,202 0.2993%
1929 88 2,939 0.2837%
1930 91 2,866 0.2744%
1931 92 2,611 0.2645%
1932 91 2,653 0.2685%
1933 96 2,378 0.2552%
1934 105 2,336 0.2416%
1935 102 2,334 0.2402%
1936 105 2,265 0.2351%
1937 112 2,263 0.2297%
1938 107 2,458 0.2401%
1939 91 2,626 0.2582%
1940 92 2,692 0.2533%
1941 88 2,842 0.2525%
1942 95 2,895 0.2293%
1943 97 2,958 0.2266%
1944 102 2,677 0.216%
1945 115 2,316 0.1899%
1946 114 2,779 0.1883%
1947 116 2,944 0.1764%
1948 118 2,763 0.1731%
1949 112 2,903 0.1805%
1950 119 2,721 0.169%
1951 127 2,742 0.1617%
1952 131 2,772 0.1588%
1953 124 2,970 0.1678%
1954 127 3,141 0.1718%
1955 131 3,275 0.178%
1956 130 3,317 0.1756%
1957 122 3,680 0.1912%
1958 119 3,829 0.2026%
1959 116 3,936 0.2072%
1960 122 3,777 0.1993%
1961 116 3,905 0.2068%
1962 120 3,744 0.2039%
1963 122 3,558 0.1982%
1964 117 3,536 0.2009%
1965 124 3,080 0.1883%
1966 117 3,035 0.1944%
1967 121 2,771 0.1826%
1968 113 2,978 0.1983%
1969 101 3,708 0.2407%
1970 121 3,165 0.1989%
1971 130 2,602 0.1732%
1972 130 2,324 0.1706%
1973 136 2,075 0.1601%
1974 136 2,049 0.1576%
1975 137 1,980 0.1541%
1976 141 1,898 0.1473%
1977 142 2,051 0.1522%
1978 112 2,584 0.1922%
1979 122 2,559 0.1815%
1980 98 3,064 0.2096%
1981 88 3,665 0.2493%
1982 84 3,498 0.2341%
1983 85 3,379 0.229%
1984 87 3,356 0.2256%
1985 85 3,197 0.2106%
1986 88 3,100 0.2054%
1987 86 3,326 0.218%
1988 88 3,355 0.2153%
1989 96 3,369 0.2088%
1990 83 3,909 0.2358%
1991 67 5,363 0.329%
1992 70 5,021 0.3146%
1993 72 4,657 0.2987%
1994 73 4,838 0.3153%
1995 62 5,411 0.359%
1996 48 6,312 0.4216%
1997 37 7,339 0.4962%
1998 32 8,327 0.5564%
1999 30 8,751 0.5844%
2000 29 8,766 0.5738%
2001 27 8,837 0.5865%
2002 33 7,963 0.5314%
2003 33 7,434 0.4887%
2004 32 7,145 0.4688%
2005 31 7,081 0.4631%
2006 31 6,880 0.4394%
2007 34 6,130 0.3885%
2008 41 5,616 0.3634%
2009 50 4,985 0.3335%
2010 55 4,674 0.3243%
2011 57 4,347 0.3051%
2012 65 3,876 0.272%
2013 76 3,739 0.2626%
2014 85 3,596 0.2468%
2015 89 3,370 0.2316%
2016 88 3,316 0.23%
2017 93 3,111 0.2229%
2018 92 2,981 0.217%
2019 98 2,767 0.2044%

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Data via SSA.gov.


Names Like Julia

If you like Julia, you’ll love these other names like Julia.


What names are diminutives of Julia?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Julia sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Julia, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Jewel

Plaything, delight

French

Julee

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Jules

Youthful, Downy

French

Juley

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Juli

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Julie

A variant form, regarded as French, of Julia.

French


What names are variants of Julia?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Julia.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Giulia

Youthful

Latin

Giuliana

Youthful

Latin

Giulianna

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Giulianne

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Giulietta

Youthful; youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Jiulia

Youthful; youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Joleta

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Joletta

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Jolette

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Julaine

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Julayna

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Juleen

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Julena

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Juliaeta

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Juliaetta

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Juliana

Youthful and downy

Latin

Juliane

Youthful; youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Juliann

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Julianne

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Julienne

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Juliet

Youthful and downy

English

Julieta

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Julietta

Youthful; youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Juliette

Youthful and downy

French

Julina

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Juline

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Julinka

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Juliska

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Julissa

American

Julita

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Julitta

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Julyana

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Julyanna

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Julyet

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Julyetta

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Julyette

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Julyne

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Yulia

Youthful; Jove's child

Latin

Yuliya

Russian


What names sound like Julia?

If you like how Julia sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Julia.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Gianna

God is gracious

Italian

Julissa

American

June

Month of June

Latin

Juniper

Juniper tree

English


What names are similar to Julia?

Find a name that’s like Julia, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Bella

Beautiful one

Italian

Gabriella

God is my strength

Italian

Giada

Jade

Italian

Isabella

Devoted to God

Italian

Liliana

Lily flower

English

Lucia

Of the light

Italian

Mia

Dear

Scandinavian

Olivia

Olive tree

Latin

Rosa

Rose

Latin

Sofia

Wisdom

Greek


Lists With Julia

Find inspiration in these baby girl name lists featuring the name Julia.


Siblings of Julia

Mamas with kids named Julia also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Danie

God is my Judge

Hebrew

Isaac

He will laugh

Hebrew

Amelia

Work

German

10 Comments

  1. Years ago, I coached a U6 soccer team..one of the girls were named Julia. It’s a name that has stuck with me with since as you never hear it. I wanted something classic, elegant. Her middle name, Rose, is the same as mine as well as my Mom’s name.

  2. Julia was my grandmothers name. We thought it was classic, yet unique and beautiful. We like our family legacy living on. Her middle name is Louise after her Auntie, her fathers sister.

  3. My daughter was named after my boyfriends great grandmother. And it’s not a name you usually hear these days. Most of the time it’s just julie.

  4. We knew her middle name was going to be Evelyn. All our other kids names start with “J” so we looked through “J” names that sounded cute with Evelyn as a middle name.

  5. We chose Julia because I had heard another person name their daughter Julia (a youtuber actually) and it just stuck with me, I could not get that name out of my head!

    I love her name because it sounds classic and beautiful.

  6. It’s simple yet unique…. It’s strong, elegant and graceful. It’s timeless!! We paired Julia with Katherine as the middle name and I absolutely love how it flows.

  7. I’ve always liked the name. Mostly because of the Dire Straights song “Romeo & Juliet” but I didn’t want to go full-on Shakespeare. I think it’s romantic and feminine but also strong and timeless. It falls in the middle of being common enough but not every classmate will have it. It fits her at all ages. It also has great nicknames!

  8. When thinking of names for our second baby I was SO SURE it was going to be a boy, but we could never agree on any boy names. Before we found out that this second baby was going to be a girl we had finally decided on naming a potential baby boy Julian. The Patriots had just won and Julian Edelman was named MVP and it all felt like a sign. A week later we find out it is going to be a girl and that’s what made us start to consider Julia. Once we put it out there we started to get little signs everywhere that it was the right choice.

  9. Julia is a family name. She’s the 7th one in our family (5th generation) dating back to 1832.

  10. I had 4 screen shots of names… so many girls names. It was one we agreed on. It had 3 syllables. We pronounce it “Ju-lee-a”. Some other people say “Jewel-ya”. That was an issue I did not consider. It was my (paternal) great, great grandmothers name. We love our Julia Rose!


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