Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Julie

The name Julie is French and stems from Latin Julia, the female form of the male given name Julius. Julius is derived from an ancient Roman family name Julianus (from the gens Julia). The name likely developed from the Greek “ioulos” meaning ‘downy-bearded’ or ‘soft-haired’. The name is also associated with “youthfulness” due to the young age at which a man grows the first soft hairs on his chin. It is also thought to be related to Jove, another name for the Roman god Jupiter who was the patron deity of ancient Rome and 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 legendary 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. most famous for his conquest of Gaul after which he uttered the words: “veni, vidi, vici” (I came, I saw, I conquered). The male names Julius and later Julian (or the female Julia) were rare by the Middle Ages but then experienced a revival in Italy and France during the Renaissance cultural period between the 14th and 17th centuries. Many female versions have spun from this ancient Roman name: Julia (Latinate, Spanish), Julie (French), Giuliana (Italian) and many elaborations Juliet, Juliette, Julianne, etc. The name Julie is a popular French name still (ranked #38 in France in 2009). It is also a Scandinavian favorite; Julie is a Top 10 choice for baby girls in Belgium and Norway and ranked quite high in Holland and Denmark.

All About the Baby Name – Julie

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME JULIE

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME JULIE

Julie was most popular in America in the 1960s and 70s although the name has maintained a position on the U.S. female naming charts in perpetuity since the government first began tracking naming trends in 1880. In the 1960s the female given name Julie was the 18th most popular name for baby girls, reaching a high of position #10 in 1971. In the seventies, it was still on average the 20th most popular female given name. As we’ve crossed the threshold into the 21st century, Julie has taken a nose dive (last data ranks it as 389th in 2010) and has been replaced with the more popular and frilly Latinate or Spanish Julia. The two-syllable French version, Julie, is probably the least fanciful, least showy, and most straight-forward of the “Julia” names. It’s universally considered a pretty name and continues to be a risk-free choice. Parents who are more basic traditionalists may prefer Julia or Julie, while those who enjoy elaborations and fanciful versions will probably be drawn to Julianne, Juliette or even the up-and-coming Italian version of Giuliana. We love all the Julie names; they are both ancient and modern. Julie is ‘youthfully’ elegant, sophisticated and romantic. Julie has also been the inspiration behind a considerable amount of songs (see below).

Quick Facts

ON JULIE

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

French

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

404

PRONUNCIATION:

JEW-lee

SIMPLE MEANING:

Soft-haired, youthful; Daughter of Jove

Characteristics

OF JULIE

Communicative

Creative

Optimistic

Popular

Social

Dramatic

Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Julie

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME JULIE

Julie Dozier is a character in Edna Ferber’s 1926 novel, Show Boat, which was adapted to a Broadway musical by Jerome Kern in 1927, and which has had several revivals and film adaptations. Julie is an actress on the show boat, “Cotton Blossom", who has a huge (for the times) secret – she is of partial African-American descent, and her husband (gasp!) is white. There being laws against this sort of thing, the couple must always be on the alert, as their marriage is illegal. When a crewman makes unwanted overtures to Julie, her husband attacks him, and the crewman goes to the law and rats out the couple, who are dismissed from the company. Julie goes on to make a living as a prostitute, and it is never revealed what becomes of her husband. Bummer. At least in the musical version, she gets to sing “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man”, and that must have cheered her up somewhat.

Julie is a minor character in Alexandre Dumas’ 1844 extremely popular romantic adventure, The Count of Monte Cristo, the story of Edmond Dantes, who is wrongfully imprisoned and wreaks revenge on the perpetrators. He also does good by his supporters, among whom is Julie’s father, Monsieur Morrel, Dantes’ former employer. Julie is an uncomplicatedly good and true daughter and she cooperates with Dantes in recouping her father’s fortune. She does her duty, she reaps her rewards, she gets married, and she doesn’t get too much in the way of this fantastically complex plot. For which we are grateful!

Julie is the main character in Jean Craighead George’s 1972 children’s novel of the same name. Julie is a young Yupik (Eskimo) runaway girl who survives on her own by living with wolves. By watching them intently and gradually gaining their trust, Julie (whose Yupik name is Miyax) is able to survive physically and emotionally. She builds a close bond with them, especially with the alpha male and his son. Naturally, human-kind encroaches upon this edenic existence. A hunting party kills the lead male and seriously wounds his son. Julie nurses him back to health until he can take his place as the pack’s leader. For the good of the pack, she weans herself away from them and returns to her father’s house, sadly acknowledging the modern impractical nature of such close interaction between species.

Miss Julie is the protagonist of August Strindberg’s 1888 one-act play of the same name. She is a twenty-five year old aristocrat who makes a play for her father’s valet, with disastrous results. Julie has all of the inbred haughtiness and arrogance of her social class, yet she longs to be wild and free of her father’s domination. Flinging all decorum aside, she as good as seduces the valet and importunes upon him to run away with her. Jean, the valet, though socially inferior, is more than equal to her demands, and makes a few of his own, as well. He deeply resents his lowly position and has grandiose plans for self-betterment, plans in which he intends to include Miss Julie, plans which go badly awry. The implicit warning is found in Jean’s explanation of his own class’ handling of what her class takes for granted: “Miss Julie… (W)e love as we play – when work gives us time. We haven’t the whole day and night for it as you.” Indeed.

Popular Songs

ON JULIE

Julie's Been Working for the Drug Squad
The Clash

Who's Julie
a song by Mel Tillis

This Romeo Ain't Got Julie Yet
a song by Diamond Rio

Julie H.
a song by Dynamite Boy

Julie Don't Dance
a song by Cutting Crew

Julie
a song by The Levellers

He'd Never Seen Julie Cry
a song by Jo Dee Messina

Oh Julie
a song by The Crescendos

Julie, Do Ya Love Me
a song by Bobby Sherman

Julie! Julie!
a song by Lucky Dube

Julie With...
a song by Brian Eno

Julie through the Glass
a song by Carly Simon

Julie Don't Live Here
a song by Electric Light Orchestra

Julie/Walk on out of my Mind
a song by Waylon Jennings

I Still Love You Julie
a song by Against Me! [Explicit]

Hey Julie
a song by Fountains of Wayne

Big Julie
Jarvis Cocker

Famous People

NAMED JULIE

Julie Andrews (actress/singer)
Julie Christie (actress)
Julie Harris (actress)
Julie Nixon Eisenhower (U.S. First Daughter)
Julie Newmar (actress)
Julie Brown (actress)
Julie Dreyfus (actress)
Julie Kavner (actress, voice of Marge Simpson)
Julie Walters (actress)
Julie Foudy (soccer player)
Saint Julie Billiart (French nun)

Children of Famous People

NAMED JULIE

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

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME JULIE

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