Given Name JULIUS

GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: YOO-lee-oos (Classical Latin), JOO-lee-əs (English), YOO-lyuws (German)  [details]

Meaning & History

From a Roman family name which was possibly derived from Greek ιουλος (ioulos) meaning "downy-bearded". Alternatively, it could be related to the name of the Roman god JUPITER. This was a prominent patrician family of Rome, who claimed descent from the mythological Julus, son of Aeneas. Its most notable member was Gaius Julius Caesar, who gained renown as a military leader for his clever conquest of Gaul. After a civil war he became the dictator of the Roman Republic, but was eventually stabbed to death in the senate.

Although this name was borne by several early saints, including a pope, it was rare during the Middle Ages. It was revived in Italy and France during the Renaissance, and was subsequently imported to England.
VARIANT: Iulius (Ancient Roman)
FEMININE FORMS: Iulia, Julia (Ancient Roman), Julia, Julie (English), Julia, Julie (German)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Jules (French), Xulio (Galician), Giulio (Italian), Juliusz, Julek (Polish), Júlio (Portuguese), Iuliu (Romanian), Yuli, Yuliy (Russian), Július (Slovak), Julij (Slovene), Julio (Spanish)


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Entry updated December 8, 2017