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Quick Facts on Julius

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Greek, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 347
Simple meaning:
Downy-bearded, Youthful, Descended from Jove

Characteristics of Julius

  • Cooperative
  • Considerate
  • Compassionate
  • Nurturing
  • Sensitive
  • Patient
  • Loving
  • Kind
  • Gracious
  • Balanced

Etymology & Historical Origin - Julius

Julius is derived from an ancient Roman family name Julianus (from the gens Julia). The name most 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 soft hairs on their chin. It is also thought to be related to Jove, another name for the Roman god Jupiter – the patron deity 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 uttering of words: “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?” The male names Julius and later Julian were rare by the Middle Ages but then experienced a revival in Italy and France (Julien) during the Renaissance cultural period between the 14th and 17th centuries. Subsequently it was imported to England and all forms of the name, i.e., Julius, Julian and Julien (Julio in Spanish), have once again achieved prominence.

Popularity of the Name Julius

Julius has long been on the U.S. male naming charts, dating back to at least the 19th century. The name was at the height of its glory at the turn of the 20th century, close to being a Top 100 most favorite name for little boys. As the decades progressed into the 1900s, Julius slowly declined in usage and then evened off by the 1960s. Today, the name maintains a moderate level of success. Julius is a name of heroic proportions and ancient prominence. It’s masculine and strong despite its ‘soft-haired’ and ‘youthful’ beginnings. The name harkens back to the days of old Rome like Dominic, Fabian, Sergio, Felix, Justin, Maximus and Marcus. Julius is just another wonderful example of an ancient name that has proved the test of time. These names are handsome, classical, timeless, intelligent and dignified. Hail Julius!
Popularity of the Boy Name Julius
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Julius

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Julius

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Julius

    Julius Caesar (Julius Caesar) Julius Caesar is the title character in Shakespeare’s tragedy of the same name, probably written around 1599. Julius is the military leader of Rome who is assassinated by his erstwhile friends and members of the Senate, who fear that he will make himself emperor and erode the democratic ideals of the Roman republic. Once a conquering hero, Julius Caesar has begun to believe his own press, and is now quite fond of power and flattery. The plebian population does well perhaps to fear his ambitions of rising to tyrannical heights. And so he is assassinated on the Ides of March, the victim of a conspiracy that includes even his dearest friend – “Et tu, Brute?”. Shakespearean scholarship aside, it is our belief that the real tragedy here is the inability of men, even men who are friends, to discourse and communicate, for one man to face up to another and discuss the possible consequences of their ill-considered actions before taking such actions. As the ghost of Julius says to Brutus: “…thou shalt see me at Philippi” (the battlefield where Brutus meets his own death).

  • Popular Songs on Julius

    Popular Songs on Julius

    Julius - a song by Phish

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Julius

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Julius

    High Five with Julius! and Friends (Paul Frank) - This is a Touch and Feel Board book. Julius and his friends offer up high fives on every page of this irresistible board book! Each spread encourages kids to celebrate amazing everyday achievements from sharing their toys to just being themselves and features a touch-and-feel texture that will keep little ones engaged as they strive to be and do their very best. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Julius (Angela Johnson) - Maya's Granddaddy brings home...a huge, pink, Alaskan pig named Julius...Whether Julius is sporting white underwear with hearts, joyfully swinging Maya around to a jazz tune, or unhappily submitting to a bath, his love for his friend shines as brightly as his glossy pink skin. A warmhearted yet quirky tale of friendship, sharing, and affection." - School Library Journal, starred review. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Julius (Syd Hoff) - Julius, an enterprising gorilla, leaves the jungle for a circus job. The “I Can Read” group will be glad to be introduced to his surprising talents and his fun with the circus people. Recommended for ages 4-6.

    Julius Caesar: The Boy Who Conquered an Empire (Ellen Galford) - Born in Rome around 100 B.C., Gaius Julius Caesar grew up to lead of one of the world's greatest empires. A boy of fierce drive and ambition, he was tutored from the age of six. The teenage Gaius became head of his household at 16 and master of his own destiny. Caesar joined the military and at 22 he returned to Rome to begin his unstoppable rise to power. This National Geographic World History Biography leads readers through the intriguing world of Ancient Rome, with a time line, graphic illustrations of historical events, and maps of Rome and its far reaching empire. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Julius! Growth Chart (Paul Frank) - Julius and his friends make interactive chart a fun way to chronicle a child's growth. Includes colorful stickers to place on the chart and a foldout section for the child to fill in as they grow. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Julius! Wild West Bananza (Paul Frank) - In this Wild West adventure, Julius is the sheriff in a town where everyone insists on doing things the same way. Readers will revel in seeing what happens when people dare to try new things…and go a little bananas! Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Julius, the Baby of the World (Kevin Henkes) - The riotously funny Lilly thinks her new baby brother, Julius, is disgusting -- if he was a number, he would be zero. But when Cousin Garland dares to criticize Julius, Lilly bullies her into loudly admiring Julius as the baby of the world. Lilly knows her baby brother is nothing but dreadful -- until she claims him for her own. "Henkes displays a deep understanding of sibling rivalry and a child's fragile self-esteem....Lilly is a superb and timely heroine." Says Publisher Weekly. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Only in Dreams: A Bedtime Story Julius! (Paul Frank) - When I sleep, I dream. And when I dream, I can do anything I can imagine! This delightful bedtime story features Paul Frank's popular character Julius as he takes readers on a tour through the world of dreams. Julius loves to sleep because there are things he can do only in dreams, from paddling down a strawberry-milk river to performing in a rock concert on the moon! Recommended for ages 3-7.

    The Young Reader's Shakespeare: Julius Caesar (Adam McKeown) - Young Reader’s Shakespeare returns, with another visually stunning and brilliantly rewritten version of one of the Bard’s classic plays. Julius Caesar has become such a part of our culture that many people even quote from it without realizing they are doing so: phrases such as “the dogs of war,” “it’s Greek to me,” and “the evil that men do” have become part of everyday English. With its powerful depiction of political struggle, assassination, and a country plunged into chaos, it tells a tale that’s as timely today as when Shakespeare first dramatized it. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Where's Julius? (John Burningham) - Mr. and Mrs. Troutbeck always enjoy three nice big meals a day, but their son Julius is always too busy to eat. Where’s Julius? Well, he could be anywhere—riding Egyptian camels, climbing the Changa Benang Mountains, cooling hippos in the Lombo Bombo River, digging a hole through to the other side of the world, or doing any number of important and daring activities that make it just too difficult to sit down at the table. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Julius

    Famous People Named Julius

    Famous People Named Julius - Julius Caesar (Roman general and statesman); Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (Octavian); Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus (Caligula); Julius Irving (basketball player); Julius Rosenberg (spy); Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx (comic film star); Pope Julius I (4th century pope); Pope Julius II (16th century pope); Julius J. Epstein (screenwriter); Julius Jones (football player); Julius Axelrod (Nobel Prize, medicine); Julius Wagner-Jauregg (Nobel Prize, medicine); Julius Boros (golfer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Julius

    Children of Famous People Named Julius

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Julius - Lucy Lawless (actress)

Personality of the Boy Name Julius

The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.

Variations of the Baby Name - Julius

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