This first name was made famous in literature in two works: Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare, and Justine or the misfortunes of virtue, of Marquis de Sade. These two heroines are very different: the first represents the unhappy passion, the second, the perversity in the face of Juistine the ingenuous. Juliet is a variant of Julie, of Latin origin, which means "of the Iulius family". Celebration on July 30.
Origin and etymology of the first name Juliette
Like Julie, Juliette comes from the Latin surname Julia which means "of the Iulius family". Julia was the name of several princesses of the ancient world. Julie daughter of Augustus was in the 1st century the wife of Agrippa and then of Tiberius, and the grandmother of Caligula. She was exiled. Julia Domna was the wife of Septimius Severus in the second century.
A Saint Juliet, celebrated on June 16, was martyred under Diocletian at the beginning of the 4th century; she is the patron saint of the city of Nevers. Another saint was at the same time condemned to the stake in Caesarea in Cappadocia (today Kayseri, in Turkey); she is honored on July 30.
Use and popularity of the first name Juliette
Juliette does not appear to have been employed before the Renaissance, just like Julie, and was not a frequent given name until the late 19th century. ; it was then in vogue until around 1920. A little neglected afterwards, it was taken over from 1980; it has again become a popular first name.
The most famous Juliet is undoubtedly that of the tragedy of Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet. Since 1594, this piece has undergone many romantic, cinematographic and choreographic adaptations, sometimes with variations on one of the two first names. Among contemporary celebrities, we can cite the singers Juliette Gréco and Juliette Noureddine, as well as the actress Juliette Binoche.