Of Greek and Latin origin.

Possibly from the Greek word “ίουλος”, pronounced ioulos, meaning the first beard of adolescent boys.

It is related to Jupiter, Roman god of the sky, king of the gods in ancient Roman religion.

Julius was also the name of a prominent Roman family.

A most common feminine form of Julius.

Saint Julia of Corsica, known as Saint Julia of Carthage was a martyr and saint and is one of the first recorded bearers of the name in the Christian world.

In his play “The two gentlemen of Verona” William Shakespeare used the name Julia.

It is a quite popular name in many places of the world, although it was rarely used until the Italian Renaissance.

Other forms of the name are Julie, Júlia, Jools, Jules, Giulia, Lia, Julita, Julek, Giulietta, Juliet, Juliette, Yulia.

Masculine forms of the name are Julius, Julio, Jules, Julek.

Julia is a popular name in the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Catalonia, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria.

Famous bearers are Julia Roberts, Julia Gillard, Julia Stiles, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Julia Ormond, Julia Mancuso, Julia Stegner, Julia Jones, Julia Alvarez.