Quick Facts on Julien
- French, Latin
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zhoo-lee-AWN (French); JOO-lee-ən (English)
Soft-haired, youthful; Descended from Jove (Jupiter)
Characteristics of Julien
Etymology & Historical Origin - Julien
Julien is how the French spell Julian. The name Julian is derived from the ancient Roman family name Julianus, a derivative of Julius (from the gens Julia). The name likely developed from the Greek “ioulos” meaning "downy-bearded" or "soft-haired". The name is also associated with “youth” due to the young age at which someone grows the first hairs on their chin. It is also thought to be related to Jove, another name for the Roman god Jupiter – the patron diety of ancient Rome 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 purported 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. His conquest of Gaul resulted in his famous declaration: “veni, vidi, vici” (I came, I saw, I conquered). His achievements provided him with almost unmatched power in Rome; his dictatorship resulted in many political reforms which were instrumental in the Republic’s transformation into the Roman Empire. Fearing Caesar’s growing political power, an assassination conspiracy was hatched and lead by his old friend, Marcus Junius Brutus. Julius Caesar was stabbed on the Ides of March 44 B.C. during a Senate session. He purportedly uttered his famous last words to his old friend: "Et tu, Brute?” One of Caesar’s lasting legacies was the Julian calendar, introduced in 45 B.C. and reflected a full solar cycle of 365 ¼ days. It was maintained for over 16 centuries until replaced by the Gregorian calendar. Aside from Julius Caesar, Julian the Apostate was also a Roman Emperor in the 4th century A.D. notable as the last pagan Emperor of ancient Rome (his uncle, Constantine had made Christianity widely acceptable but Julian attempted to move the Empire away from institutionalized Christianity back to paganism). Although this classical name was borne by various minor saints, including a pope, it was rare during the Middle Ages. Julian was later revived and brought to England during the Renaissance. The French form of “Julian” is “Julien” and pronounced “zhoo-lee-AWN” (English speakers pronounce it JOO-lee-ən). Julien is a Top 100 favorite in both France and Belgium.
Popularity of the Name Julien
Although the French spelling of Julien did appear on the American charts in the late 19th century, his stay was brief and almost unnoticeable. It really wasn’t until 1990 that Julien came into regular use in the United States. The Latin Julius, the English Julian and the Spanish Julio are all more common variations of this name in the United States compared to the French spelling of Julien. Still, Julien has climbed to levels of light moderation and appears to be sticking around. In consideration of the “Julius” masculine names, it really just comes down to spelling preference. Most English-speaking Americans opt for Julian, but some like the ancient feel of Julius. If you’re a Francophile, then you should definitely go with the Julien spelling (although we don’t expect you to pronounce it the French way unless French is your mother tongue). In any case, you can’t go wrong with any of these names. They’re ancient, erudite and downright charming.
Popularity of the Boy Name Julien
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Julien
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Julien
Julien We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Julien.
Popular Songs on Julien
Julien - an opera by composer Gustave Charpentier
Children's Books on the Baby Name Julien
Happy King Julien Day! (Olivia London) - Once a year, the lemurs celebrate King Julien Day. And this year, Julien wants all his zoo pals to take part. But the Penguins and the other animals don't want anything to do with crazy Julien's special day - that is, until Maurice promises them a piñata full of candy if they'll be good sports. Recommended for ages 6-8.
King Julien's Guide to Ruling the Zoo (Michael Anthony Steele) - This colorful journal-style book, narrated by King Julien, is the wacky lemur's outlandish guide to being the king of the New York Zoo. It includes helpful tips for getting what you want at all times, guidelines for how to treat your subjects, and tips on not taking anything seriously at any time! Recommended for ages 8-11.
Famous People Named Julien
Famous People Named Julien - Julien Absalon (French Olympian mountain biker); Julien Belgy (French road cyclist); Julien Benneteau (French tennis player); Julien Bérard (French cyclist); Julien Bontemps (French sailor); Julien Boutter (French tennis player); Julien Brouillette (Canadian hockey player); Julien Canal (French racecar driver); Julien Duvivier (French film director); Julien Green (author); Julien Guerrier (French golfer); Julien Lizeroux (French alpine ski racer); Julien Temple (English film and music video director); Julien Vauclair (French hockey player)
Children of Famous People Named Julien
Famous People Who Named Their Son Julien - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Julien.
Julien - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Julien - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Julien.
Personality of the Boy Name Julien
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Variations of the Baby Name - Julien