Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Julia f. Fem. of Julius.

The name of two 1st C empresses consort of the Roman Empire, a 1st C Jewish client queen of the Roman empire, a 1st C Berber queen of Mauretania, a 1st C queen of Commagene, a 1st C queen of Cetis, a 4th C empress consort of the Roman empire and saint, a 4th C Iberian saint, and a 5th C martyr.

Withycombe s.n. Julia says the name did not come into use in England until the 18th C (despite the appearance of a Shakespearean character with the name); however, English examples can be found as early aas the 13th C. The name was rare throughout Europe before the Renaissance.

England
Latin
1256 Julia (nom) EARNb p. 5, Juliæ (dat) ibid. p. 5; 1377 Julia (nom) FenPT-2 p. 4; 1381 Julia (nom) Suffolk1381 p. 71
Early Modern English
1578 Jellia COmar-vol5 p. 85
France
Latin
c823 Julia (nom) irminon-vol2 34, Ved
Middle French
1423 Juliote favier 318
Italy
Latin
1265x1339 Guilia (nom) BBC-Berg 2; 1522x1532 Iulia (nom) DSF p. 56, 13; 1527 Julia (nom) Rome1527 p. 83
Italian
1513x1521 Iulia LeoX p. 14
Spain
Latin
954 julia (nom) CDGH XLVII
Catalan
1510 Julia valencia1510 3852
Cite as: S.L. Uckelman. "Julia". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2016, no. 4. http://dmnes.org/2016/4/name/Julia.