Of Greek and Latin origin.
Possibly from the Greek word “ίουλος”, pronounced ioulos, meaning the first beard of adolescent boys.
It is related to Jupited, Roman god of sky, king of the gods in ancient Roman religion.
Julius was also the name of a prominent Roman family.
Most common feminine form of Julius.
Saint Julia of Corsica, know 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 quite popular name in many places of the world, although it was rarely used until the Italian Renaissance.
Famous bearers are Julia Roberts, Julie Andrews, Julia Gillard, Julie Christie, Juliette Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Julia Stiles, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Julia Ormond, Julia Mancuso, Julia Stegner, Julia Jones, Julia Alvarez, Julie Harris, Julie Bowen, Juliet Mills, Juliet Stevenson.
Julia is a popular name in the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Catalonia, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria.