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Where did the English Julian family come from? What is the English Julian family crest and coat of arms? When did the Julian family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Julian family history?

The Julian family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from the personal name Julian, which was both masculine and feminine in Old English. Consequently, both patronymic and metronymic surnames are derived from this name. The personal name Julian was originally derived from both the Latin masculine name Julianus and the Latin feminine name Juliana; these were both names of saints and enjoyed great popularity.


Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Julian include Julian, Jullian, Julyan, Juliane, Julion, Gillian and others.

First found in Cambridgeshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Julian research. Another 236 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1574, 1591, 1743, and 1774 are included under the topic Early Julian History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Julian Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Julian family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 110 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Julian were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Julian Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Julian, who landed in Virginia in 1608
  • William Julian, who sailed to Virginia in 1609
  • Sara Julian to Virginia in 1618
  • Sara Julian, who arrived in Virginia in 1618
  • William Julian to Virginia in 1623

Julian Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Julian, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764

Julian Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Julian, who landed in Maryland in 1816
  • P. Julian to New York in 1823
  • Ignacio Julian, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Juan Julian, aged 33, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • O H Julian, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

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

Julian Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Julian, aged 37, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • John Julian arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1849
  • Elizabeth Julian, aged 18, a servant, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850
  • Henry Richard Julian, aged 22, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Prowse"


  • 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
  • George Washington Julian (1889-1943), American politician who in 1856 he helped form the the Republican party
  • Platoon Sergeant Joseph Rodolph Julian (1918-1945), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • 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
  • Rupert Julian (1889-1943), New Zealand born director, actor and writer


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

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The Julian Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Julian Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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