Julian Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: JOO-lee-in (key)

Origin of the name Julian:

From the Latin Julianus, which is a derivative of Julius, and old Roman family name thought to be derived from Iulus (the first down on the chin, downy-bearded). Because a person just beginning to develop facial hair is young, “youth” became an accepted meaning of the name.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Jolyon, Jules, Juliano, Julien, Julius

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Comments and insights on the name Julian

Julian is a popular name around the world, especially in Europe (where it is #10 in Austria and #13 in Germany as of 2013) as well as the United States (#67 in 2013). It is also considered a fresh-sounding traditional baby name, according to the Baby Name Wizard's "Magic Formula": http://www.babynamewizard.com/archives/2013/10/the-magic-formula-for-an-attractive-traditional-baby-name-revealed

Personal experiences with the name Julian

I have a nephew named Julian (12) who lives with my husband and I after his father (my older brother) was killed in a car accident a few years ago. He's like my own son and I love him with all my heart. His middle name is Mitchell.

Julian is my boy's best friend's name. I love it and it definitely makes me want another baby . All "Juli"names I've been craving recently. It's so impactful and beautiful.

Julian is my middle son's name and we all love it . It's my favourite name as of right now.

My twins, Julia and Julian, are amazing. I love the way both sound. They have a younger sister named Juliet. My name is Julie(: I love the names

Julian is my cousins name and it's pretty cool if you ask me.

My fiancé is named Julian. Before I even knew his name, he was beyond handsome and since I always loved the name, when I heard him say it it made him even more sexier

Nicknames for Julian

Ian, Jules, Julie, Jule, Jude

Meanings and history of the name Julian
Famous real-life people named Julian

Julian Adams, American actor
Julian Assange, Australian founder of WikiLeaks
Julian Barnes, British novelist
Julian Banks, American Civil Rights activist
Julian Casablancas, American musician
Julian Castro, American politician.
Julian Clary, British comedian
Julian Dorio, American musician
Julian Edelman, American football player
Julian the Emperor (also known as Julian the Apostate and Julian the Philosopher), Roman emperor, philosopher, and writer (332–363 AD)
Julian Fellowes, British actor and director (Downton Abbey)
Julian Hawthorne, American writer and journalist
Julian the Hospitaller, Roman Catholic saint
Julian Lennon, British singer and son of John Lennon
Julian Knight, Australian actor
Julian Knight, Australian mass murderer
Julian Mandrake, American guitarist
Julian of Norwich, Christian mystic (female, 1342–1416 AD)
Julian Schnabel, American artist
Julian Vandervelde, American football player
Julian Draxler, German footballer
Julian Silva, male stripper and part time CSGO player
Julian Fuego Thicke (b. 2010), son of American actress Paula Patton and American singer, songwriter, and record producer Robin Thicke

Julian in song, story & screen

Julian Blackthorn is one of the main characters in Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, a spin off series from The Mortal Instruments series. I fell in love with the name Julian from this book character.

The Beatles' song "Hey Jude" was supposedly written for John Lennon's son, Julian. It was originally written as "Hey Jules" but when it came time to record it, Paul McCartney decided that was too personal and changed the name to Jude.

Julian is the main character in a series of children's books by Ann Cameron (the first title of which is "Stories Julian Tells").

Julian Baker is a character on the CW show, One Tree Hill.

Julian Blackwood, from Shirley Jackson's "We Have Always Lived in the Castle".

Julian "Bean" Delphiki, character from Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game series

King Julien XIII from the animated Madagascar movie franchise

Julian Bashir, chief medical officer character on the TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Hellion's (of the X-Men comics) real name is Julian Keller

Julian Woodbead from John Boyne's “The Hearts Invisible Furies”

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