Cool Name of the Week: Julian

Nameberry has a list of July-themed baby names up on their site right now (definitely worth checking out if you’ve got a baby on the way over the next month). And it reminded me of one of my absolute favorite baby names, Julian.

The Latin name is a cooler take on Julius (aka Caesar!). It means youthful, and has been on a slow and steady upswing, ever since John Lennon chose it for his son nearly half a century ago—and it currently sits at number 53 on the U.S. chart. (It’s even more popular across the pond.) And thanks to that, it seems to have a very British vibe (just perfect for a baby born the same year as English royalty).

It’s been a celebrity baby name favorite, picked by people like Bob Marley, Robert De Niro, Jerry Seinfeld and Lisa Kudrow. Of course, it has its slightly more wicked side—it’s also the name of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, avoiding arrest for an alleged sexual assault in Sweden. (Not exactly the kind of guy you probably want to name your baby boy after, am I right?)

You can shorten Julian to Jules—or follow the lead of one mommy blogger and make it Juju. (I prefer Jules myself.)

Julian pairs nicely with a short and sweet middle name—I like it with names that continue the softer sounds of Julian, such as Snow, Leo, Henry or Louis.

What do you think of the name Julian? Is it one you’d consider for your son?

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