Julian History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished German surname Julian is derived from the Roman personal name "Julian," which is itself thought to be derived from the Greek "ioulos," meaning "downy-bearded." The surname indicates "son of Julius."

Early Origins of the Julian family

The surname Julian was first found in Saxony, where the surname is thought to have first emerged. The name was first adopted from Roman history by the royal house of the Guelfs, borne by Duke Heinrich Julius of Brunswick in 1528. The name had become a surname by the mid-16th century, and was used with increasing frequency in the region. The young Julian family played a major role in the early history of Saxony, and was instrumental in the development of the region's medieval society.

Early History of the Julian family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Julian research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1843, 1783, 1862, 1811 and 1879 are included under the topic Early Julian History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Julian Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Julius, Julian, Julianus, Julien and others.

Early Notables of the Julian family (pre 1700)

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United States Julian migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Julian Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Julian, who landed in Virginia in 1608 [1]
  • William Julian, who sailed to Virginia in 1609
  • Sara Julian to Virginia in 1618
  • Sara Julian, who arrived in Virginia in 1618 [1]
  • William Julian to Virginia in 1623
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Julian Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Julian, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764 [1]
Julian Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Julian, who landed in Maryland in 1816 [1]
  • P. Julian to New York in 1823
  • Ignacio Julian, who landed in Texas in 1835 [1]
  • Juan Julian, aged 33, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845 [1]
  • O H Julian, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Julian migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Julian Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Julian U.E. who settled in Western District [The townships of Essex County and Kent County], Ontario c. 1784 [2]

Australia Julian migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Julian Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Julian, (b. 1818), aged 26, Cornish farm labourer travelling aboard the ship "William Mitcalfe" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 13th March 1844 [3]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Julian, (b. 1821), aged 23, Cornish farm servant travelling aboard the ship "William Mitcalfe" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 13th March 1844 [3]
  • John Julian, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1849 [4]
  • John Julian, aged 37, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [4]
  • Elizabeth Julian, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Julian migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Julian Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Ben Julian, (b. 1851), aged 27, Cornish farm labourer departing on 10th August 1878 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th November 1878
  • Mrs. Mary Julian, (b. 1852), aged 27, Cornish settler departing on 19th July 1879 aboard the ship "Rangitiki" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 14th October 1879 [6]
  • Mrs. Mary Julian, (b. 1829), aged 50, Cornish settler departing on 19th July 1879 aboard the ship "Rangitiki" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 14th October 1879 [6]
  • Mr. Thomas Julian, (b. 1851), aged 28, Cornish farm labourer departing on 19th July 1879 aboard the ship "Rangitiki" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 14th October 1879 [6]
  • Mr. Thomas J. Julian, (b. 1877), aged 2, Cornish settler departing on 19th July 1879 aboard the ship "Rangitiki" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 14th October 1879 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Julian (post 1700) +

  • George Washington Julian (1889-1943), American politician who in 1856 he helped form the Republican party
  • Arthur Julian (d. 1955), American writer and actor, primarily wrote for '50s and '60s television shows which included 'Hogan's Heroes' and 'The Carol Burnett Show'
  • Alexander Julian (b. 1948), American designer
  • Platoon Sergeant Joseph Rodolph Julian (1918-1945), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • William M. Julian, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • George Washington Julian (1817-1899), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1845; U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1849-51, 1861-71 [7]
  • Frederick E. Julian Jr., American politician, Mayor of Cohoes, New York, 1989 [7]
  • Frank Newsum Julian (1872-1944), American politician, Secretary of State of Alabama, 1907-10 [7]
  • Chaim Julian, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 2000 [7]
  • Betty L. Julian, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008 [7]
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Henry Forbes Julian (d. 1912), aged 50, English First Class passenger from Torquay, Devon who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [8]


Suggested Readings for the name Julian +

  • 1743 The Julian Family by Frances Julian Hine, The Julians by Elizabeth Cate Manly.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The TRAFALGAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Trafalgar.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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