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Quick Facts on Julianna

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • American, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 190
Simple meaning:
From the House of Julius, soft-haired, youthful

Characteristics of Julianna

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Julianna

Julianna is a fanciful respelling of Juliana which itself is an elaborate Latinate feminized version of the male name Julius/Julian. The Latin Julius is an old Roman family name, notably borne by the famous Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar in the first century B.C. who expanded the Roman Empire by conquering Gaul (a large region of modern day Western Europe). The Julius family name is one of the most ancient of all the patrician Roman names, and it’s thought to be derived from a few places. The Greek word “ioulos” means ‘downy-bearded’ and the Roman Latin word for ‘youthful’ is “juvenalis.” Further, the name could also be a contracted form of the Latin “Jovilius” which means ‘descended from Jove (Jupiter)’ who was the king of all gods in Roman mythology. The clan Julius (Gens Julia) also believed themselves to be descended from Aeneas by way of his son Julus. In any case, this prominent ancient Roman family gave birth to all of the “Julius”-related names: Julian, Julia, Julie, Juliana, Juliet, etc. While the aforementioned Julius names have been in use since the Middle Ages and before, Julianna (with two “N”s) is a recent spelling alteration.

Popularity of the Name Julianna

The name Juliana has been around in America for well over 100 years, but Julianna with two “N”s only came into use in 1965 – although not significant, consistent usage until 1980 when Juliana began to take off in popularity. The trend to alter “-ana” names to “-anna” in American can be found through several examples. For instance, Ariana -> Arianna; Liliana -> Lilianna; Adriana -> Adrianna; Briana -> Brianna; and Alana -> Alanna. Although in most cases the classical spellings with one “N” are usually more popular, such as the case with Juliana over Julianna. It’s really a subtle difference and has no effect on the names’ pronunciations. It just comes down to a matter of preference. Out of all the “Julius” inspired female first names, Julia is currently the most popular, followed by Juliana with one “N” while Julianna with two “N”s comes in 3rd place.
Popularity of the Girl Name Julianna
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Julianna

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Julianna

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Julianna

    Julianna We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Julianna.

  • Popular Songs on Julianna

    Popular Songs on Julianna

    Julianna - a song by Big Head Todd & the Monsters

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Julianna

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Julianna

    Princess Julianna & Snowflake (Penelope Nicholas) - The story, Princess Julianna and Snowflake is about a young Princess who, on her sixth birthday, was given a large white Parrot by her father, King Julius. He had acquired the big white bird in his travels and the parrot's name was Snowflake. Snowflake held a secret and reveals it to Julianna in later years. That secret changed Princess Julianna's life forever. It is of a Princess who has so much and yet her only concern is that of the poor and how she goes about helping them. It teaches children that the best things in life must be earned to be appreciated. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    What Julianna Could See (Paul Margulies) - This radiant picture book, written for actress Julianna Margulies when she was six years old by her father, captures the pure openness of a child’s imagination. These reflections on what a small girl sees around her remind both young and old that riches in life come with paying loving attention to the simple and near-at-hand. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Julianna

    Famous People Named Julianna

    Famous People Named Julianna - Julianna Margulies (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Julianna

    Children of Famous People Named Julianna

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Julianna - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Julianna.

  • Historic Figures

    Julianna - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Julianna - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Julianna.

Personality of the Girl Name Julianna

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Julianna

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