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PronouncedPron.YOO-lee-oos Classical Latin
JOO-lee-əs English
YOO-lyuws German

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.
VariantIulius Ancient Roman
Feminine FormsIulia, Julia Ancient Roman Julia, Julie English Julia, Julie German
Other Languages & CulturesJules French Xulio Galician Giulio Italian Juliusz, Julek Polish Júlio Portuguese Iuliu Romanian Yuli, Yuliy Russian Július Slovak Julij Slovene Julio Spanish
Same SpellingJúlius
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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute