Gyula Name Meaning & Origin
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A borrowing from the Latin, Julius originated as an old Roman family name thought to be derived from Iulus (the first down on the chin, downy-bearded). As a person just beginning to develop facial hair is young, “youth” became an accepted meaning of the name.
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Pronounced "Djyu-la"- it's Hungarian. It means the military leader from a long time ago.
The gyulas in the 9th century
The first data of the title, recorded by Ibn Rusta and Gardizi, can be traced back to the so-called Jayhani tradition (around 870).1 According to these earliest pieces of evidence, the Hungarians were ruled conjointly by two ‘kings’.9 The major one, called kende (or künde), enjoyed nominal leadership, while effective power was exercised by his colleague, inferior in rank, called the gyula.9 This peculiar form of governance (‘dual kingship’)1 is generally supposed to have been imitative of the Khazar Khaganate, which did indeed have a similar organization.9 However, the only thing that the Muslim sources tell us is that the gyula was in charge of the military matters of the tribal confederation; whereas there existed a legitimate ruler (the kende) who had little influence on army-related issues.2
The Majgars are a race of the Turks and their leader rides out with horsemen to the number of 20,000. Their leader is called künde kende, but this is only a nominal title, for the name of the man who is actually king over them is called jila jula and all the Majgars accept the orders of their jila jula in the matters of war and defense and the like.
These Majgars are a type of the Turks. Their leader rides out with 20,000 warriors. This leader they call künde kende. This is the title of the greater of their kings. That leader who appoints the functionaries they call jula jole. What the jula commands, the Majgars do.
Can also be pronounced "yoo-la", but not by Hungarians.
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Gyula's Hungarian meaning since at least the 9th century is the military leader.
People also say that Gyula is the Hungarian form of the Latin name Julius. It means 'youthful, downy"
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There is a children's song named "Nyuszi Gyuszi"- it's about a rabbit.