Julia has just about everything going for it -- ancient roman roots (Julius Caesar), Latin links with a nice meaning (youthful, soft-haired, beautiful), Shakespearean connections (The Two Gentlemen of Verona), a brief new Testament mention (in the masculine form of Julius) and connections to both saints and celebs. It’s been used as a given name since the eighteenth century, and is popular all over the world with tons of different variations. In the US, Julia’s been in or close to the top 100 for more than a century. It took a dip in the mid-twentieth century, but now is back and more popular than ever, peaking at number 27 in ’01. With a classic and simple but fashionable and sophisticated feeling, you really can’t go wrong with this name.