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Quick Facts on Justin

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 85
Simple meaning:
Just, true

Characteristics of Justin

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Justin

Justin comes from the Latin word “Justinus” meaning quite literally “just” (from “iustus” – “upright, equitable”). The Proto-Indo-European root word (*yewes-) means “law” in the sense of a body of laws rather than specific civic laws (it had more to do with a “sacred formula” in a pre-Christianity sense). Post-Christianity, the word “just” conveyed a more religious definition – i.e., “righteous in the eyes of God”. The names Justin and Justus were borne by a couple of early saints who ensured the popularity and endurance of the name through the Middle Ages when their cults spread. St. Justin the Martyr lived in the 2nd century born to pagans in Palestine. He was a seeker of truth through reason; until he happened upon an old man at the sea shore who told him about Christianity (some believe this mysterious old man to have been a vision of Jesus himself). Justin converted and went about traveling to Rome to spread The Good Word. He was arrested during the persecutions under Marcus Aurelius and beheaded for his beliefs in the year 165. The other popular Saint Justin was a young boy who lived in 3rd century Gaul (present-day France) also during a time of Roman Christian persecution. He was arrested by soldiers after being reported as a “Christian magician” and, upon confessing he was indeed a Christian (but perhaps not a magician), he was immediately beheaded. Legend has it that after his beheading, Justin stood upright with his head in his hands, prompting the Roman soldiers to flee in fear. During the Middle Ages, Christianized Europeans held tight to these types of saintly legends (and medieval babies were readily named after saints). The so-called “Cephalophore” saints (i.e., head-carrying saints) were especially revered (even if we might consider that a tad bit creepy today). The name Justin was resurrected in the latter half of the 20th century and has become a modern-day favorite.

Popularity of the Name Justin

The name Justin has been around on the U.S. popularity charts since the government began tracking naming trends; however, it did not begin to gain any significant popularity until the late 1960s and into the 1970s when it jumped over 300 spots on the charts in 10 short years. In 1972, Justin finally achieved Top 100 status and hasn’t left for 40 years now. Justin’s heyday came between 1987 and 1990 when the name even landed a spot on America’s Top 10. Today Justin has slipped into the middle half of the Top 100, but he still appears to be going strong. There’s some aura to the name Justin and all girls would agree; we fondly remember at least one cute boy in our class named Justin. He was probably a daredevil skateboarder or the best soccer player on the field. Whatever it was, in some way he made our hearts go pitter-pat.
Popularity of the Boy Name Justin
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Justin

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Justin

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Justin

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

  • Popular Songs on Justin

    Popular Songs on Justin

    Justin - a song by Korn

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Justin

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Justin

    It's Justin Time, Amber Brown (Paula Danziger) - Amber Brown wants a watch for her birthday. Maybe her best friend, Justin Daniels, should get one too. He is never on time. Will Justin be late to Amber's birthday party, or will he be just in time to watch Amber open her gifts? Part of a series. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World (Mildred Pitts Walter) - Sure, he can catch a greased pig at a local rodeo, but can he bake biscuits? Ten-year-old Justin struggles to "feel like a guy" in a family dominated by females. When he goes to spend a week at his grandfather's ranch, he discovers there's more to being a man than riding horses and tending to livestock. There's also cleaning up messes, making beds and, from time to time, baking biscuits--good biscuits. Along with its lighthearted treatment of gender conflict, this story, which won the 1987 Coretta Scott King Award, provides a look at the little-known history of the black cowboys who helped settle the West and create rodeos. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters (Rachel Vail) - Justin K. has fairly standard third-grade worries (former best friends, rope climbing in gym) and pretty typical joys (current best friends, making it to the top of the rope). He expresses all of these in diary form throughout a school year, and his traditional nuclear family, which celebrates both Jewish and Christian holidays, supports him during all of the multiplication tables, violin lessons, soccer games, and dog messes. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    The Mystery of the Missing Dog (Elizabeth Levy) - Chip the invisible boy loses Max (his invisible dog) at the local dog show. Luckily, Chip and friends Justin and Charlene make up Invisible Inc., a team of clever detectives who use their special abilities (invisibility, lip reading, and logic) to solve mysteries. Soon they're hot on the trail of the dognapper, following leads that enable them to solve the case in time for Max to collect a blue ribbon in the show. If you enjoy this book be sure to check out the rest of the Invisible Inc. Mystery series. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Justin

    Famous People Named Justin

    Famous People Named Justin - Justin Bieber (singer); Justin Timberlake (singer); Justin Leonard (golfer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Justin

    Children of Famous People Named Justin

    Famous People who Named their Son Justin - Andie MacDowell (actress); Kenny Rogers (musician); O.J. Simpson (notorious); Peter Fonda (actor); Richard Dreyfuss (actor); Sean Puffy Combs (musician/businessman)

  • Historic Figures

    Justin - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Justin

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 - Justin

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