The options include two boys names: the popular Julian and the strong, Roman Julius. For girls, I limited it to sweet Julia, romantic Juliet and exotic Juliana.
Every single one of these names comes from the same root. They come from the Roman family name ioulos which is from the Greek ιουλος meaning "downy-bearded" which implies youthfulness. The patriarch name is Iulius from which Julius was born. Following Julius's lead came Iulia and Iulianus.
The Ancient Roman Iulia inspired many of the feminine names including Julia, Julitta, Yuliya, Jools, Juliet, Juliette, Julie, Juliska, Giulia, Giulietta, Julinha, and Yulia. Names like Juliana, Julijana, Liana, Leanna, Gillian, Jill, and Uliana came from the Ancient Roman Iuliana which came from the male Iulianus.
The boy names all sprang from Iulianus and include favorites such as Julian, Julius, Jules and Julio. There's also the Italian Giuliano and Giulio, the Russian Yulian, Yuliy and Yuli, the rare English name Jolyon, the Polish Juliusz and Julek, and any other variant or diminutive you can think of!
Here is how the names ranked in popularity on The Art of Naming's poll:
- Juliet 29 Votes (38%)
- Julian 24 Votes (32%)
- Juliana 11 Votes (14%)
- Julia 8 Votes (10%)
- Julius 3 Votes (4%)
- Julian #53 with 7,336 births
- Julia #65 with 3,844 births
- Juliana #147 with 2,201 births
- Juliet #253 with 1,267 births
- Julius #331 with 940 births