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.

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
Middle French
1574 Jullite WCS p. 10
c823 Julia (nom) irminon-vol2 34, Ved
Middle French
1423 Juliote favier 318
1265x1339 Guilia (nom) BBC-Berg 2; 1522x1532 Iulia (nom) DSF p. 56, 13; 1527 Julia (nom) Rome1527 p. 83
1513x1521 Iulia LeoX p. 14
954 julia (nom) CDGH XLVII
1510 Julia valencia1510 3852
Cite as: S.L. Uckelman. "Julia". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2023, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2023/1/name/Julia.