How popular is the baby name Giulia in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Giulia and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Giulia.
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Remember that “Julia Guglia” punchline from The Wedding Singer? It came up in conversation the other day, and it made me wonder: what other -ulia names are out there?
I don’t mean familiar Julia-variants like Giulia, Yulia, and Iulia. We already know that these exist. I mean new names coined by adding a different first letter to the tail -ulia — the same way all those different -ayden names cropped up during the -ayden craze.
So have there been -ulia names that aren’t related to Julia? Sure have. Here are the ones I found in the SSA data:
Eulia. Eulia pops up most often in the 1920s, which is when Eu- names like Eunice, Eugenia, Eula and Eulalia were relatively popular.
Kulia. This one is a borderline case. Kulia is technically a Julia-variant, being a Hawaiian form of Julia, but the initial sound is totally different. (There’s no J-sound in Hawaiian.)
Lulia. Like Eulia, Lulia saw usage in the early 1900s when similar names like Lula and Lulu were common. Unlike Eulia, Lulia has since returned to the charts, no doubt thanks to the current trendiness of Lily and the like. This name is also a Hawaiian form of Lydia.
Sulia. Sulia, which reminds me of Sula, short for Ursula, popped up once in 1991.
Tulia. Tulia, which reminds me of Tulip, has been on the charts several times since turn of the century.
Zulia. Like Sulia, Zulia has only appeared in the data once so far.
Ulia by itself has also been used as a name before, though it’s never been in the data. Going back to Hawai’i one last time, Ulia is both a Hawaiian form of Uriah and a Hawaiian word meaning “accident.”
Which of the above -ulia names above do you like best?
…And if you want to hear about even more -ulia names, here’s a video with dozens of obscure-but-real variants collected from the census:
Andrea is considered a girl name in most countries, but in Italy it’s solidly masculine. In fact, Andrea is the 6th most popular boy name in Italy right now, and it was the #1 boy name as recently as 16 years ago.
So why hasn’t Andrea caught on as a girl name in Italy? Mainly because Italian law forbids native-born Italian parents from giving traditionally male names to baby girls (and vice versa).
But the situation changed a few years ago when a couple in Florence resolved to name their baby girl Andrea. As expected, the Florence court rejected the name (and assigned the name “Giulia” instead). The couple appealed the decision all the way up to Italy’s Supreme Court, which ruled in 2012 that the name Andrea could be given to girls as well as to boys:
“The name ‘Andrea’, taking also into account its lexical peculiarity, cannot be deemed ridiculous nor disgraceful when given to a female, nor can it bring about any measure of ambiguity in the person’s sexual recognition,” the court said.
As a result of the ruling, the number of Italian baby girls named Andrea more than quintupled in 2013:
Here are the numbers:
2015: 212 baby girls named Andrea in Italy
2014: 237 baby girls named Andrea in Italy
2013: 281 baby girls named Andrea in Italy
2012: 55 baby girls named Andrea in Italy
2011: 55 baby girls named Andrea in Italy
2010: 72 baby girls named Andrea in Italy
Because Andrea’s popularity for boys was already in decline (more or less) it’s hard to say if the ruling had any corresponding negative impact on male usage.
Do you think Andrea will ever become more popular for girls than for boys in Italy? If so, by what decade?
A few weeks ago, Italy finally released baby name rankings for 2015. According to the data from Istat (Istituto nazionale di statistica), the most popular baby names in the country last year were Sofia and Francesco.
Here are Italy’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015: