Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Justin

Justin comes from the Latin word “Justinus” meaning quite literally “just” (from “iustus” – “upright, equitable”). The Proto-Indo-European root word (*yewes-) means “law” in the sense of a body of laws rather than specific civic laws (it had more to do with a “sacred formula” in a pre-Christianity sense). Post-Christianity, the word “just” conveyed a more religious definition – i.e., “righteous in the eyes of God”. The names Justin and Justus were borne by a couple of early saints who ensured the popularity and endurance of the name through the Middle Ages when their cults spread. St. Justin the Martyr lived in the 2nd century born to pagans in Palestine. He was a seeker of truth through reason; until he happened upon an old man at the sea shore who told him about Christianity (some believe this mysterious old man to have been a vision of Jesus himself). Justin converted and went about traveling to Rome to spread The Good Word. He was arrested during the persecutions under Marcus Aurelius and beheaded for his beliefs in the year 165. The other popular Saint Justin was a young boy who lived in 3rd century Gaul (present-day France) also during a time of Roman Christian persecution. He was arrested by soldiers after being reported as a “Christian magician” and, upon confessing he was indeed a Christian (but perhaps not a magician), he was immediately beheaded. Legend has it that after his beheading, Justin stood upright with his head in his hands, prompting the Roman soldiers to flee in fear. During the Middle Ages, Christianized Europeans held tight to these types of saintly legends (and medieval babies were readily named after saints). The so-called “Cephalophore” saints (i.e., head-carrying saints) were especially revered (even if we might consider that a tad bit creepy today). The name Justin was resurrected in the latter half of the 20th century and has become a modern-day favorite.

All About the Baby Name – Justin

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME JUSTIN

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 BOY NAME JUSTIN

The name Justin has been around on the U.S. popularity charts since the government began tracking naming trends; however, it did not begin to gain any significant popularity until the late 1960s and into the 1970s when it jumped over 300 spots on the charts in 10 short years. In 1972, Justin finally achieved Top 100 status and hasn’t left for 40 years now. Justin’s heyday came between 1987 and 1990 when the name even landed a spot on America’s Top 10. Today Justin has slipped into the middle half of the Top 100, but he still appears to be going strong. There’s some aura to the name Justin and all girls would agree; we fondly remember at least one cute boy in our class named Justin. He was probably a daredevil skateboarder or the best soccer player on the field. Whatever it was, in some way he made our hearts go pitter-pat.

Quick Facts

ON JUSTIN

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

85

PRONUNCIATION:

JUHS-tin

SIMPLE MEANING:

Just, true

Characteristics

OF JUSTIN

Communicative

Creative

Optimistic

Popular

Social

Dramatic

Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Justin

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME JUSTIN

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Justin

Popular Songs

ON JUSTIN

Justin
a song by Korn

Famous People

NAMED JUSTIN

Justin Bieber (singer)
Justin Timberlake (singer)
Justin Leonard (golfer)
Justin Bieber (singer)
Justin Timberlake (singer)
Justin Leonard (golfer)
Justin Bieber (singer)
Justin Timberlake (singer)
Justin Leonard (golfer)

Children of Famous People

NAMED JUSTIN

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

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME JUSTIN

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