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Quick Facts on Juliet

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 238
Simple meaning:
Soft-haired, youthful, daughter of Jove

Characteristics of Juliet

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Juliet

Juliet is the anglicized form of the French name Juliette or the Italian Giulietta. It was first used by the English playwright William Shakespeare in his 1596 well-known tragedy “Romeo and Juliet”. Juliet and her similar sounding sisters all descend from the Latin Julia (from the old Roman family name Julius). The name is etymologically derived from one of a couple places. For one, Julius is said to mean “downy-bearded, soft-haired” in old Latin which indicates a ‘youthfulness’ given the time of one’s life when the first soft beard hairs grow. Secondly, the name Julius is thought to mean ‘descended from Jove’, another name for the Roman god Jupiter who presided over the Roman laws and social order. In any case, the most famous name bearer from antiquity was Julius Caesar, a great Roman general and statesman who notably conquered the Gaul’s. Due to his great victory, he was rewarded with almost unprecedented power in Rome as their dictator/Emperor. Ultimately assassinated on the Senate floor in 44 B.C., Julius Caesar’s legacy would not be forgotten. The masculine and feminine forms of this name are widely used and among the most successful historically speaking. The more exotic Juliet has mainly been used in moderation but appears to be experiencing a 21st century revival.

Popularity of the Name Juliet

Juliet has been a name in use in America since at least the 19th century. She entered the 20th century with low levels of use and was basically an unpopular choice for most of the 1900s. Juliet even disappeared from the American female naming charts altogether during the 1930s and then again in the 80s and 90s. This was just a name that couldn’t find its legs. Then came 1996 with the release of the film “Romeo + Juliet”, an MTV-inspired modernized version of Shakespeare’s play starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo and Claire Danes as Juliet. The name went from total obscurity to low-moderate levels of success in two short years. As we’ve entered this new century, Juliet is faring better on the charts than she ever has in the past. We’ll have to wait and see what she does in the coming years. The name has a lot of competition (Julia, Juliana, and Julianna are all more popular than this fair lady Juliet). Even the more fanciful Julissa and Juliette as well as the Italian Giuliana are not too far behind her on the charts. But we love Juliet best thanks to Shakespeare’s star-crossed heroine. The ultimate victim of unrequited love, the ever ‘youthful’ Juliet will forever remain in our hearts.
Popularity of the Girl Name Juliet
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Juliet

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Juliet

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Juliet

    Juliet (Measure for Measure) Apparently Shakespeare liked the name Juliet as much as we do. He used this beautiful name again for a minor character in his 1603 play “Measure for Measure”. Juliet is the medieval version of what we might call a Baby Mama today. She’s Claudio’s baby mama meaning he and Juliet – gasp – fornicated outside of their marriage. You may not think this is any big deal, but we’re talking about the early 17th century here when such activity was against the law and so Angelo sentences Claudio to death while Juliet is sent away to prison where she’ll eventually have her baby. As a minor character, we don’t see much of her (like we do of Isabella and Mariana), but she reappears in the final scene when the Duke of Vienna announces that she and Claudio can be together. At least this Juliet got her “happily ever after”.

    Juliet Capulet (Romeo and Juliet) Juliet Capulet is half of the ill-fated couple in Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, probably written between 1591 and 1595. At the play’s beginning, Juliet is a young, rather docile girl (not quite fourteen), obedient and ready to consider her parents’ choice for a suitor, yet demonstrating just a touch of reserved rebellion under the surface. After she meets and falls in love with Romeo, her every action seems to augur the woman she would have become if fate had treated her differently. Once equipped with the moral backbone that her love for Romeo gives her, there is no stopping this firebrand. She manages to defy the strictures of the generations-old feud between the Capulets and the Montagues, to declare her love for Romeo, to marry him and consummate the vows and, ultimately, to make the noblest sacrifice of all for him – her death. And no pretty poisoning death for her – she impales herself upon a dagger. All of this over the course of a few days! It is not that we would wish such a fate upon any fair maidens of thirteen of our acquaintance, but – really – could anyone you know fill the bill?

  • Popular Songs on Juliet

    Popular Songs on Juliet

    Check Yes, Juliet - a song by We The Kings

    Crazy Juliet - a song by Sandra

    I Thought I'd Write to Juliet - a song by Elvis Costello

    In The Heart of Juliet - a song by Liv Kristine

    Juliet - a song by A Long Winter

    Juliet - a song by Army of Freshmen

    Juliet - a song by Cork

    Juliet - a song by Far-Less

    Juliet - a song by LMNT

    Juliet - a song by Modern Talking

    Juliet - a song by Stevie Nicks

    Juliet - a song by The Bee Gees

    Juliet - a song by the Four Pennies

    Juliet of Spirits - a song by The B-52's

    Just Like Romeo and Juliet - a song by the Reflections

    Not Romeo, Not Juliet - a song by Bryan Adams

    Romeo & Juliet - a song by Blue System

    Romeo and Juliet - a song by Dire Straits

    Romeo and Juliet - a song by Indigo Girls

    Romeo and Juliet - a song by Emerson, Lake & Palmer

    Romeo and Juliet - a song by Mickey Avalon [explicit]

    Romeo and Juliet - a song by Snuff

    Romeo Loves Juliet - a song by Rick Astley

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Juliet

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Juliet

    After Juliet (Sharman Macdonald) - A tense truce holds between the Capulets and the Montagues after the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Benvolio, Romeo's best friend, is in love with Rosaline, Juliet's cousin, but Rosaline is bent on revenge. This play is written for a cast of 12, plus musicians and extras. Recommended for ages 10-13.

    Gnomeo & Juliet: The Junior Novelization (Molly McGuire Woods) - Find out how love blooms when red-hatted Juliet meets blue-hatted Gnomeo while their rival families wage war to have the best garden in Stratford-Upon-Avon. This junior novelization is a complete retelling of the new animated movie Gnomeo & Juliet, and features eight pages of full-color scenes from the film. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Juliet Dove, Queen of Love (Bruce Coville) - Shy Juliet Dove leaves Mr. Elives' magic shop with Helen of Troy's amulet--a virtual man magnet. Juliet doesn't know what she's got, but soon every boy in town is swoony for her. Yet, much as she'd like to lose all the unwanted attention, she can't: The amulet won't come off! A side-splittingly funny, heartbreaking whirlwind of a book about the high cost of loving, from the award-winning author of My Teacher Is an Alien and The Unicorn Chronicles. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Juliet the Valentine Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - This Valentine's Day isn't so sweet! Where's the love? Jack Frost and his goblins have stolen the magical objects that make Valentine's Day so special. Now sweethearts are sad, and friends and families are fighting! Even Rachel and Kirsty aren't getting along. When Juliet the Valentine Fairy asks the girls for help, they can't say no. But can Rachel and Kirsty put aside their differences and bring the sparkle back to Valentine's Day? Find the magical treats in all three stories inside this Rainbow Magic Special Edition and help save the Valentine magic! Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Juliet's Moon (Ann Rinaldi) - War is turning Juliet Bradshaw's world upside down. Her brother, Seth, rides with William Quantrill's renegade Confederate army, but he's helpless when the Yankees arrest Juliet along with the wives and sisters of Quantrill's soldiers as spies. Imprisoned in a dilapidated old house in Kansas City, Juliet is one of a handful of survivors after the building collapses, killing most of the young girls inside. When she's reunited with her brother, Juliet finds the life she had previously known is gone. Surrounded by secrets, lies, murder, and chaos, she must determine just how far she will go to protect the people and things she holds dear. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Romeo & Juliet: A BabyLit Board Book (Jennifer Adams) - With the perennial popularity of classic writers like Jane Austen and William Shakespeare, Baby Lit is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple counting text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar's Alison Oliver, Little Miss Austen and Little Master Shakespeare are a must for every savvy parent's nursery library. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

    Romeo and Juliet Manual: Access to Shakespeare (Jonnie Patricia Mobley) - This manual offers a wealth of instructional tools, including background information on Shakespeare's sources, his life, his theater, and stage directions; suggestions for teaching the play; detailed summaries of every scene; questions and answers for every act; an annotated bibliography; a guide to pronouncing proper names; a Shakespearean time line; and alphabetical glossary of terms. Recommended for ages 13+.

    Romeo and Juliet--Together (And Alive!) at Last (Avi) - Pete Saltz, the pudgy poet from S.O.R. Losers, has fallen hard for Anabell Stackpoole, and she likes him, too. But both are much too shy to do anything about it. It's Pete's friend Ed Sitrow to the rescue, as he and other eighth-graders at South Orange River School cook up a scheme to give the budding romance a boost. The school production of Romeo and Juliet stars the bashful pair in the leading roles -- and everybody's waiting for the kissing scenes. What they get is more action than Shakespeare ever imagined, in the funniest, most disastrous...and most romantically successful production ever! Recommended for ages 9-14.

    Romeo and Juliet: Simply Shakespeare (William Shakespeare) - This lyrical tragedy of two star-crossed lovers and their feuding families is one of the world's most famous love stories. Books in this new, illustrated series present complete text of Shakespeare's plays; however, the lines are set up so students can see the bard's original poetic phrases printed side-by-side and line-by-line with a modern translation that followed. Guided by the inspiring format of this fine new series, both teachers and students will come to understand and appreciate the genius of Shakespeare as never before. Recommended for ages 13+

    Shakespeare for Children: The Story of Romeo and Juliet (Cass Foster) - Highly condensed, fully illustrated version of the world's greatest and most tragic love story. Author supplies thought-provoking discussion questions that allows you to explore this tale from any age or perspective. Use the same discussion questions to help you explore the other plays from a similar perspective. Nominated for the Benjamin Franklin Children's Storybook Award and selected by a panel of children for Ladies Home Journal as one of "The Best Toys for under $10." Recommended for ages 10-13.

    The Romeo and Juliet Code (Phoebe Stone) - Phoebe Stone is back with a middle-grade code-breaking mystery full of romance and excitement. Felicity's glamorous parents have a secret. When they leave her with distant relatives in Maine, Felicity hopes they won't leave her long. Her new Uncle Gideon hides things. Her Aunt Miami is star-crossed. And Derek, a kid her age, refuses to leave his room. But Felicity needs Derek's help. Gideon is getting coded letters from Felicity's parents, and she's sure they're in trouble. Can Felicity crack the code, heal the family and save her parents; all while surviving her first crush? It's a tall order, but Felicity's up for the challenge. Recommended for ages 9-13.

    The Young Reader's Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet (Adam McKeown) - The latest entry in a successful new series. "Are you Romeo, and a Montague?" / "Neither, fair maid, if either you dislike." / Juliet smiled. This wonderfully contemporary retelling features enticing art on nearly every page and provides an excellent introduction to the story. Written by an outstanding scholar in simple, eloquent language, it will draw youngsters in with superb dialogue, and vivid description. The skillful blending of Shakespeare's own lines with modern language enhances children's involvement and comprehension. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Juliet

    Famous People Named Juliet

    Famous People Named Juliet - Juliet Landau (actress); Juliet Richardson (singer); Juliet Huddy (TV news reporter); Juliet Mills (actress); Juliet Stevenson (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Juliet

    Children of Famous People Named Juliet

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Juliet - Martin Landau (actor); Shaun Cassidy (70s pop star)

  • Historic Figures

    Juliet - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Juliet

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Juliet

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