Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Julian

The name Julian is derived from the ancient Roman family name Julianus, a derivative of Julius (from the gens Julia). The name likely developed from the Greek “ioulos” meaning ‘downy-bearded’ or ‘soft-haired’. The name is also associated with “youth” due to the young age at which someone grows the first hairs on their chin. It is also thought to be related to Jove, another name for the Roman god Jupiter – the patron diety of ancient Rome who ruled over laws and social order. The Julianus family of ancient Rome were among the most prominent and claimed direct descent from the mythological Julus (son of Aeneas and ancestor to Romulus & Remus, the purported founders of Rome in the 8th century B.C.). The most notable name bearer was Gaius Julius Caesar, a Roman general and statesman during the 1st century B.C. His conquest of Gaul resulted in his famous uttering of words: “veni, vidi, vici” (I came, I saw, I conquered). His achievements provided him with almost unmatched power in Rome; his dictatorship resulted in many political reforms which were instrumental in the Republic’s transformation into the Roman Empire. Fearing Caesar’s growing political power, an assassination conspiracy was hatched and lead by his old friend, Marcus Junius Brutus. Julius Caesar was stabbed on the Ides of March 44 B.C. during a Senate session. He purportedly uttered his famous last words to his old friend: "Et tu, Brute?” One of Caesar’s lasting legacies was the Julian calendar, introduced in 45 B.C. and reflected a full solar cycle of 365 ¼ days. It was maintained for over 16 centuries until replaced by the Gregorian calendar. Aside from Julius Caesar, Julian the Apostate was also a Roman Emperor in the 4th century A.D. notable as the last pagan Emperor of ancient Rome (his uncle, Constantine had made Christianity widely acceptable but Julian attempted to move the Empire away from institutionalized Christianity back to paganism). Although this classical name was borne by various minor saints, including a pope, it was rare during the Middle Ages. Julian was later revived and brought to England during the Renaissance. The French form of Julian is Julien with an "e".

All About the Baby Name – Julian

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME JULIAN

The Master Number Twenty-Two combines the traits of Twos and Fours into a powerful force. The references to The Master Builder and "large undertakings" serve to underscore the massive potential of this personality. They are extremely capable and therefore almost always successful. Twenty-Twos are courageous leaders, innovative thinkers, extremely wise and highly organized. As such, they are able to manifest something of major importance that will have a lasting impact on this world. Master Numbers carry with them a great sense of responsibility, so it can be a burden. However, Twenty-Twos are executors and action-takers. Further, this personality exhibits traits of the Twos, which brings sensitivity, spirituality and harmony, so their endeavors are likely to benefit mankind in some capacity.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME JULIAN

Julian has maintained moderately high levels of success as a male name in the United States for well over a century. However, it was not until the year 2000 that the name finally entered the Top 100 list of most commonly used boy names. Today, Julian is close to becoming a Top 50. It’s already on the Top 25 lists in the states of New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California, so we think the Spanish-speaking population is helping to spur on the name’s current popularity. Julian is not only a classical name with ancient roots; it is also hip, modern and downright cool. While some feel the name is too feminine sounding (think: Julianne), we couldn’t disagree more. Julian is both strong and gentle at the same time. It’s a masculine, chivalrous name reserved for intelligent parents who appreciate its historic roots. Julian is anything but girly. In fact, Gillian developed as the female version of the name. Like Marcus, Alexander, Dominic, Sergio, Maximus, and Cesar – Julian is an ancient Roman name loaded with nobility, dignity, and heroic superiority of days gone past.

Quick Facts

ON JULIAN

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

47

PRONUNCIATION:

JOO-lee-әn

SIMPLE MEANING:

Soft-haired, descendent of Jove

Characteristics

OF JULIAN

The Master Builder

Leader

Large Undertakings

Confidence

Discipline

Organization

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Julian

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME JULIAN

Julian Marsh is the leading character in what was a novel by Bradford Popes, “42nd Street”, but which is far better known in its adaptation as a Hollywood film in 1933 and a Broadway musical in 1980. Julian is a tough-as-nails Broadway musical director who is ill and broke as a result of the stock market crash of 1929. He’s trying to put on one last extravaganza in order to be able to retire. Naturally there are all kinds of backstage dramas, illicit romances, last minute substitutions leading to instant stardom, etc. An ingénue saves the day and Julian has his success, but it is a bittersweet one. Oh, well, with a show full of tunes such as “Lullaby of Broadway”, “You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me”, “We’re In the Money” and “42nd Street” itself, we’d say that Julian is one lucky guy, even if he is unlucky in love.

Popular Songs

ON JULIAN

Pressure on Julian
a song by Blur

But Julian, I'm A Little Older Than You
a song by Courtney Love

Famous People

NAMED JULIAN

Julian Lennon (musician)
Julian Bond (social activist)
Julian Casablancas (musician)
Julian Cochran (English classical composer)
Julian Glover (actor)
Julian Lloyd Webber (English cellist)
Julian Marley (English/Jamaican musician)
Julian McMahon (actor)
Julian Peterson (football player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED JULIAN

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Julian

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME JULIAN

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Julian