Julian is a name of Latin origin, which derived from the Roman cognomen Julianus. Julian also originates in the name Julius and derived from the family name Julius or Iulius, which may be of Greek origin. It is also related to the Roman god Jupiter. One of the most famous members of the family was Gaius Julius Caesar.
What does the name Julian mean?
Julian means “of the family of the Julii” and “dedicated to Jupiter” or “devoted to Jove” (from Latin “Iovilius”). Besides, Julian means “downy-bearded” or “corn sheaf” (from ancient Greek “íoulos/ἴουλος”).
Other variants and nicknames
The name Julian has multiple other variants in different languages. For example Julien in French, Julián or Julio in Spanish, Julen in Basque and Giuliano in Italian. The female versions of Julian are Julia, Juliane, Juliana, Julie, Julienne, Julianna, Julianne and Jule. As nicknames Ju, Jules, JuJu, Jay, and Jude are popular.
Popular middle names
Parents love to pair Julian with a middle name. Most popular are Demetrius, Douglas, Joseph, Patrick and Vincent.
Famous people named Julian
Julian Assange (born 1971), founder of WikiLeaks, is an Australian hacker and activist. He is most famous for leaking possible American war crimes and corruption concerning the Iraq war.
Basketball pro player Julian Newman (born 2001) polarized early in his basketball career in middle and high school, as he was hailed as a child prodigy.
Julian Lennon, the 1963 born son of Beatles singer John Lennon and his wife Cynthia Lennon, has been actively working as a musician since 1974.
Between 2009 and 2012, Austin Nichols played the role of Julian Baker, an actor and director in the TV show “One Tree Hill”.
Dr. Julian Subatoi Bashir, played by Alexander Siddig, is the Chief Medical Officer of the Deep Space Nine space station on the US science-fiction TV show “Star Trek: Deep Space”.
On the DC TV show “The Flash”, Julian Albert, played by Tom Felton, known for his role as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, is a forensic scientist. He works for the Central City Police Department.