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Quick Facts on Julie

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • French, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 404
Simple meaning:
Soft-haired, youthful; Daughter of Jove

Characteristics of Julie

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Julie

The name Julie is French and stems from Latin Julia, the female form of the male given name Julius. Julius is derived from an ancient Roman family name Julianus (from the gens Julia). The name likely developed from the Greek “ioulos” meaning ‘downy-bearded’ or ‘soft-haired’. The name is also associated with “youthfulness” due to the young age at which a man grows the first soft hairs on his chin. It is also thought to be related to Jove, another name for the Roman god Jupiter who was the patron deity of ancient Rome and who ruled over laws and social order. The Julianus family of ancient Rome were among the most prominent and claimed direct descent from the mythological Julus (son of Aeneas and ancestor to Romulus & Remus, the legendary founders of Rome in the 8th century B.C.). The most notable name bearer was Gaius Julius Caesar, a Roman general and statesman during the 1st century B.C. most famous for his conquest of Gaul after which he uttered the words: “veni, vidi, vici” (I came, I saw, I conquered). The male names Julius and later Julian (or the female Julia) were rare by the Middle Ages but then experienced a revival in Italy and France during the Renaissance cultural period between the 14th and 17th centuries. Many female versions have spun from this ancient Roman name: Julia (Latinate, Spanish), Julie (French), Giuliana (Italian) and many elaborations Juliet, Juliette, Julianne, etc. The name Julie is a popular French name still (ranked #38 in France in 2009). It is also a Scandinavian favorite; Julie is a Top 10 choice for baby girls in Belgium and Norway and ranked quite high in Holland and Denmark.

Popularity of the Name Julie

Julie was most popular in America in the 1960s and 70s although the name has maintained a position on the U.S. female naming charts in perpetuity since the government first began tracking naming trends in 1880. In the 1960s the female given name Julie was the 18th most popular name for baby girls, reaching a high of position #10 in 1971. In the seventies, it was still on average the 20th most popular female given name. As we’ve crossed the threshold into the 21st century, Julie has taken a nose dive (last data ranks it as 389th in 2010) and has been replaced with the more popular and frilly Latinate or Spanish Julia. The two-syllable French version, Julie, is probably the least fanciful, least showy, and most straight-forward of the “Julia” names. It’s universally considered a pretty name and continues to be a risk-free choice. Parents who are more basic traditionalists may prefer Julia or Julie, while those who enjoy elaborations and fanciful versions will probably be drawn to Julianne, Juliette or even the up-and-coming Italian version of Giuliana. We love all the Julie names; they are both ancient and modern. Julie is ‘youthfully’ elegant, sophisticated and romantic. Julie has also been the inspiration behind a considerable amount of songs (see below).
Popularity of the Girl Name Julie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Julie

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Julie

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Julie

    Julie (Julie of the Wolves) Julie is the main character in Jean Craighead George’s 1972 children’s novel of the same name. Julie is a young Yupik (Eskimo) runaway girl who survives on her own by living with wolves. By watching them intently and gradually gaining their trust, Julie (whose Yupik name is Miyax) is able to survive physically and emotionally. She builds a close bond with them, especially with the alpha male and his son. Naturally, human-kind encroaches upon this edenic existence. A hunting party kills the lead male and seriously wounds his son. Julie nurses him back to health until he can take his place as the pack’s leader. For the good of the pack, she weans herself away from them and returns to her father’s house, sadly acknowledging the modern impractical nature of such close interaction between species.

    Julie Dozier (Show Boat) Julie Dozier is a character in Edna Ferber’s 1926 novel, Show Boat, which was adapted to a Broadway musical by Jerome Kern in 1927, and which has had several revivals and film adaptations. Julie is an actress on the show boat, “Cotton Blossom", who has a huge (for the times) secret – she is of partial African-American descent, and her husband (gasp!) is white. There being laws against this sort of thing, the couple must always be on the alert, as their marriage is illegal. When a crewman makes unwanted overtures to Julie, her husband attacks him, and the crewman goes to the law and rats out the couple, who are dismissed from the company. Julie goes on to make a living as a prostitute, and it is never revealed what becomes of her husband. Bummer. At least in the musical version, she gets to sing “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man”, and that must have cheered her up somewhat.

    Julie Morrel Herbault (The Count of Monte Cristo) Julie is a minor character in Alexandre Dumas’ 1844 extremely popular romantic adventure, The Count of Monte Cristo, the story of Edmond Dantes, who is wrongfully imprisoned and wreaks revenge on the perpetrators. He also does good by his supporters, among whom is Julie’s father, Monsieur Morrel, Dantes’ former employer. Julie is an uncomplicatedly good and true daughter and she cooperates with Dantes in recouping her father’s fortune. She does her duty, she reaps her rewards, she gets married, and she doesn’t get too much in the way of this fantastically complex plot. For which we are grateful!

    Miss Julie (Miss Julie) Miss Julie is the protagonist of August Strindberg’s 1888 one-act play of the same name. She is a twenty-five year old aristocrat who makes a play for her father’s valet, with disastrous results. Julie has all of the inbred haughtiness and arrogance of her social class, yet she longs to be wild and free of her father’s domination. Flinging all decorum aside, she as good as seduces the valet and importunes upon him to run away with her. Jean, the valet, though socially inferior, is more than equal to her demands, and makes a few of his own, as well. He deeply resents his lowly position and has grandiose plans for self-betterment, plans in which he intends to include Miss Julie, plans which go badly awry. The implicit warning is found in Jean’s explanation of his own class’ handling of what her class takes for granted: “Miss Julie… (W)e love as we play – when work gives us time. We haven’t the whole day and night for it as you.” Indeed.

  • Popular Songs on Julie

    Popular Songs on Julie

    He'd Never Seen Julie Cry - a song by Jo Dee Messina

    Hey Julie - a song by Fountains of Wayne

    I Still Love You Julie - a song by Against Me! [Explicit]

    Julie - a song by Shaggy and Ali G

    Julie - a song by Damian Marley

    Julie - a song by Marshall Crenshaw

    Julie - song by David Bowie

    Julie - a song by Porter Wagoner

    Julie - a song by The Levellers

    Julie Don't Dance - a song by Cutting Crew

    Julie Don't Live Here - a song by Electric Light Orchestra

    Julie H. - a song by Dynamite Boy

    Julie through the Glass - a song by Carly Simon

    Julie With... - a song by Brian Eno

    Julie! Julie! - a song by Lucky Dube

    Julie's Been Working for the Drug Squad - The Clash

    Julie, Do Ya Love Me - a song by Bobby Sherman

    Julie/Walk on out of my Mind - a song by Waylon Jennings

    Oh Julie - a song by The Crescendos

    This Romeo Ain't Got Julie Yet - a song by Diamond Rio

    Who's Julie - a song by Mel Tillis

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Julie

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Julie

    Artie and Julie (Chih-Yuan Chen) - Artie was a happy little lion, and Julie was a happy little rabbit—until one day Julie was sent to the grassland to eat grass, and Artie was sent to the grassland to eat...rabbit! Distracted from their destinations, they both discover a delicious jellyberry patch. Driven by a sudden storm into a nearby cave, they become friends before they know they are meant to be enemies. Each returns home with a new friend, a tuft of each other's fur as a keepsake, and a surprising story to tell their parents. A unique design adds depth to this clever tale—when Artie and Julie are apart their parallel stories are told on separate split pages, but when the two become friends the pages join together as well. Filled with playful art that adds a whimsical tone, this amusing story encourages young readers to overlook differences and demonstrates that fear should never be an obstacle to friendship. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Happy New Year, Julie (Megan McDonald) - Julie knows Christmas will be difficult this year, but when her sister Tracy refuses to go to Dad's house for Christmas, Julie feels as if her family is falling apart. Over the holidays Julie finds comfort spending time with her best friend, Ivy Ling. The Lings are getting ready for Chinese New Year, and helping with their preparations distracts Julie from her sadness about her own family. Then she learns that her whole family is invited to the Lings' New Year banquet. Julie tries to share Ivy's excitement, but her heart sinks--with Mom, Dad, and Tracy there, how will they all get along? Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Julie (Jean Craighead George) - From the author of the Newbery Medal–winning “Julie of the Wolves” comes the sequel simply titled “Julie”. Julie's decision to return home to her people is not an easy one. But after many months in the wilderness, living in harmony with the wolves that saved her life, she knows the time has come. Julie is not prepared, however, for all the changes that she finds. Her father has forsaken many of the old Eskimo traditions. He has given up his sled dogs for a snowmobile, and now looks after the musk oxen that serve as the village's income. He will do anything to protect them -- even shoot any wolves that might threaten the herd. Julie knows that, like her father, she must find a way to reconcile the old ways with the new. But how can she do that without putting her beloved wolves in danger? Recommended for ages 10+.

    Julie of the Wolves (Jean Craighead George) - Lost on the Tundra. To her small Eskimo village, she is known as Miyax; to her friend in San Francisco, she is Julie. When the village is no longer safe for her, Miyax runs away. But she soon finds herself lost in the Alaskan wilderness, without food, without even a compass to guide her. Slowly she is accepted by a pack of Arctic wolves, and she grows to love them as though they were family. With their help, and drawing on her father's teachings, Julie struggles day by day to survive. But the time comes when she must leave the wilderness and choose between the old ways and the new. Which will she choose? For she is Miyax of the Eskimos--but Julie of the Wolves. Faced with the prospect of a disagreeable arranged marriage or a journey acoss the barren Alaskan tundra, 13-year-old Julie chooses the tundra. She finds herself caught between the traditional Eskimo ways and the modern ways of the whites. Miyax, or Julie as her pen pal Amy calls her, sets out alone to visit Amy in San Francisco, a world far away from Eskimo culture and the frozen land of Alaska. During her long and arduous journey, Julie comes to appreciate the value of her Eskimo heritage, learns about herself, and wins the friendship of a pack of wolves. After learning the language of the wolves and slowly earning their trust, Julie becomes a member of the pack. Since its first publication, Julie of The Wolves, winner of the 1973 Newbery Medal, has found its way into the hearts of millions of readers. Recommended for ages 10+

    Julie Tells Her Story (Megan McDonald) - Julie is enjoying working on her school project, "The Story of My Life," until she comes to the part about "The Worst Thing That Ever Happened." That would be her parents' divorce, and she doesn't want to tell her class about that. Julie tries to find a different "Worst Thing" to tell about--and after her big basketball game ends badly, she thinks maybe she's found the solution to her problem. But as her parents and sister rally around her, Julie finds herself thinking about her family in a new, and more hopeful, way. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Julie's Wolf Pack (Jean Craighead George) - From the author of the Newbery Medal–winning “Julie of the Wolves” and its sequel,” Julie”, comes a third exciting adventure about the wolf pack that saved the life of a young girl when she was lost on the tundra. Julie has returned to her family, but her wolf pack has a story all its own. Fearless but inexperienced Kapu is now the new leader of the pack. He must protect his wolves from the threats of famine and disease and, at the same time, defend himself from bitter rivals, both inside and outside the pack, who are waiting for their chance to overthrow him. The strength of Kapu's leadership will determine not just the well-being of the pack but its very survival. Jean Craighead George's research and first-hand observation form this engrossing, epic tale that's sure to draw readers into the fascinating world of wolves. Recommended for ages 10+.

    Meet Julie (Megan McDonald) - Part of the “American Girl” series. Julie Albright doesn't want to move away from her San Francisco neighborhood near Chinatown, even if their new apartment is just a few miles away. Moving means leaving her best friend, Ivy, and her pet rabbit, Nutmeg. Worst of all, it means leaving Dad, now that her parents are divorced. Julie tries to make the best of it by joining the school's basketball team, but the coach won't allow girls to play. She learns that it's up to her to make positive changes in her new school--and her new life. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    The Silver Guitar: A Julie Mystery (Kathryn Reiss) - When an oil spill threatens the sea birds of San Francisco, Julie is eager to participate in an auction to raise money for the clean-up efforts. But then she learns her friend T.J. is in trouble. In the process of uncovering the clues that may prove T.J.'s innocence, she begins to wonder whether the people involved with the auction may be keeping some awful secrets. These are just some of the books from the “Julie: The American Girl” series. There are several other titles as well. Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Julie

    Famous People Named Julie

    Famous People Named Julie - Julie Andrews (actress/singer); Julie Christie (actress); Julie Harris (actress); Julie Nixon Eisenhower (U.S. First Daughter); Julie Newmar (actress); Julie Brown (actress); Julie Dreyfus (actress); Julie Kavner (actress, voice of Marge Simpson); Julie Walters (actress); Julie Foudy (soccer player); Saint Julie Billiart (French nun)

  • Children of Famous People Named Julie

    Children of Famous People Named Julie

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Julie - Al Pacino (actor); Eric Clapton (musician); Gerard Depardieu (actor); Richard Nixon (U.S. President); Leonard Nimoy (actor); Gavin McCleod (actor); George Peppard (actor); Kasey Kasem (DJ); Tony Randall (actor); Robert Munsch (children’s book author)

Personality of the Girl Name Julie

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Julie

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