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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.

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The surname Julian was first found in Cambridgeshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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.


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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.

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

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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.

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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"

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  • George Washington Julian (1817-1899), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1845; U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1849-51, 1861-71
  • Frederick E. Julian Jr., American politician, Mayor of Cohoes, New York, 1989
  • Frank Newsum Julian (1872-1944), American politician, Secretary of State of Alabama, 1907-10
  • Chaim Julian, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 2000
  • Betty L. Julian, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008
  • Arthur J. Julian, American Republican politician, Member of New Jersey Republican State Committee, 1976
  • Anthony Julian, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, 1953-59
  • Gregory B. Julian, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 20th District, 1994; Candidate for New York State Senate 38th District, 2008
  • Harold Julian, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1960
  • Jacob B. Julian, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1856

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  • The Julian Family by Frances Julian Hine.
  • The Julians by Elizabeth Cate Manly.
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  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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