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Julian- yay or nay..?

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crumpette Sun 27-Sep-09 16:34:24


So DP has announced his new fav baby name for expected dc2, who is definitely all boy

He wants Julian, nickname Jules...

what do you think? I am beyond caring right now blush I have just given up trying to find a boys name I love so will settle for one that I like and DP likes. It's important to me that it translates well in Spanish and French.. I don't dislike it so far but I'm not sure...

Is it too camp/frilly/girly? Is he going to be teased? Am I going to feel silly shouting his name out in the park..?

honest opinions please!

Thanks smile

electra Sun 27-Sep-09 16:36:12

I don't like it.....sorry

skihorse Sun 27-Sep-09 16:40:45

If it helps at all, in our household it's our "piss-take not in a million years" name for the unborn boy.

OrmIrian Sun 27-Sep-09 16:41:49

Have no problem with the name per se. But every single Julian I know is a total utter dickhead. So not for me. Purely personal of course grin

crumpette Sun 27-Sep-09 16:42:40

thanks electra, I'm not sure if I even like it or not, which is probably why I am posting this!!

I am seriously put off the name by the comedian julian clary..

the only other name DP likes is David, but he already has a son called that!!! hmm grin

crumpette Sun 27-Sep-09 16:43:49

sorry, x-posted! skihorse that does help!!! grin

janeite Sun 27-Sep-09 16:44:12

It's okay - but Jules is silly.

Cortina Sun 27-Sep-09 17:00:01

I know a couple of 5 year olds with this name and it's growing on me. Both these are rough and tumble boys and the name suits them. I think it is becoming more popular.

I do think of 'King Julian' (who makes me laugh) in Madagascar and this has become the nickname of one of little boys we know.

I also know a man in his 30s with this name, known as Jules, again very macho!

I predict this name will be in the top 20 in a few years. Go for it!

By the way can anyone tell me if it is more popular in the US?

Cortina Sun 27-Sep-09 17:03:45

Also reminds me of 'Julian, Dick and Anne George and Timmy the dog' in a good way!

RustyBear Sun 27-Sep-09 17:10:59

DS is officially Firstname Julian Thirdname Surname. We added Julian at the last minute on a whim, soon realised it was a mistake, but have never got round to doing anything about it. DS dropped it as soon as he could, though of course it's on his birth certificate & therefore his passport. But he went through secondary school & university as Firstname Thirdname Surname.

mrswoolf Sun 27-Sep-09 18:55:39

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diddl Sun 27-Sep-09 19:52:22

Also prefer Julius.

ancientgeordiegirl Sun 27-Sep-09 19:59:06

like it - have a close (very macho sporty) friend in his 30s called Julian nn Jules also know a little boy (about 3) who has Jules as a nn. Prefer Julian to Julius (unless you are from ancient rome and want to be come Caesar!).....wink

LuckyC Mon 28-Sep-09 13:32:48

No no, it's a great name. Gets slightly madly shortened (Jules etc.) but all children have their names slightly madly shortened by their mates at one stage or another. And all the Julians I know are absolutely brilliant. Go for it (I would but SIL has just named her daughter Julia.)

Cortina Mon 28-Sep-09 13:36:56

I'd still go for it if you like it Lucky! I think people worry too much about those sort of tenuous similarities (but don't know your family just my feeling). I have a daughter with a very similar name to a SIL's daughter. Wouldn't choose the same name as them though.

I've got friends who have called their sons and daughters after their brothers and sisters which is a no no for many I think.

crumpette Mon 28-Sep-09 16:58:30

Hmm having read some comments on here (thank you to all! smile) I said to DP.. how about Julius?

DP then said we should call him Brutus and be done with it hmm

methinks he is not taking this whole baby thing very seriously!!!

skihorse Tue 29-Sep-09 09:47:29

Well Crumpette... if he likes ones which end in "us" - how about Spartacus? grin

gladders Tue 29-Sep-09 10:54:21


it's dh's middle name and he is always v embarrassed to use it.

it's also a family name on his side and his dad expected it to be in ds's name somewhere but go a resounding no from both of us.

just too camp - too open for bullying imo.

Gateau Tue 29-Sep-09 12:10:33

Love it; very strong.
This is one of DH's favourite names for a boy.

mopsyflopsy Tue 29-Sep-09 12:18:37

I like Julian, but then I know a lovely German one.

What do people mean with camp - is the the Julia bit that makes the name somewhat feminine?

gladders Tue 29-Sep-09 14:38:55

mopsy - there was a radio show in the 1960s with sandy and julian - that started it, and then recently julian clary? just think it's a vey stereotyped camp name.

realise this is a completely unfounded/ridiculous view but it is why we wouldn't have included it in our ds's name - and i think all viewpoints are useful when you're considering a name?

hellokitty123 Tue 29-Sep-09 18:24:11

Thanks gladders, I wans't around in the 60s and haven't heard of Julian Clary, so thanks for clarifying the 'camp' association smile.

pointydoug Tue 29-Sep-09 18:38:33


LynetteScavo Tue 29-Sep-09 18:41:04

Boys at my school called Julian were called Julie Ann, so on that basis,


Stokey Tue 29-Sep-09 18:44:05

I know a lovely Jules ( short for Julian) in his 30s not in slightest bit camp.

But i do associate with Famous five Julian who i always thought was the most boring one (well along with Anne).

Remember in Spanish it is likely to be Julio (with strong H sound) which you may not like

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