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Updated March 26, 2024

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Boy name origins & meanings

  • Latin : Youthful
  • English : Love's child

What does Julian mean and stand for?

The name Julian is of English, Latin origin and means "youthful, downy-bearded, or sky father." The origin is shrouded in history, but possible roots including the Latin iuvenis, meaning "youthfu"; Greek ioulos, meaning “downy-bearded”; or Jovis, meaning "sky father"

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How Popular Is The Name Julian

Family name origins & meanings

  • English (common in Devon and Cornwall), Spanish (Julián), and German : from a personal name, Latin Iulianus, a derivative of Iulius (see Julius), which was borne by a number of early saints. In Middle English the name was borne in the same form by women, whence the modern girl’s name Gillian.

Famous people who gave their babies this name


According to Social Security Administration data, Julian has been consistently popular, remaining in the top 50 since 2013, and in the top 100 since 2000.

However, it is the 55th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Isabella was at its peak popularity in February 2019.

Julian, originally derived from the Roman name Julius, gained popularity in Medieval England and was even used as a unisex name. Popular people with the name include Julian, a 4th century Roman emperor and St. Julian the Hospitaller, the patron saint of travelers. More modern celebrities with the name include: Julian Bond, Julian Lennon (singer), Julian Barnes (novelist), and Julian Schnabel (painter/filmmaker).

Where is it Popular?

Julian was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Julian

  • Jay
  • Jude
  • Jule

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