c.1050, Iulius, from Anglo-Fr. julie, O.Fr. Jule, from L. Julius, renamed after his death and deification in honor of Gaius Julius Caesar, who was born in this month, which was formerly Quintilis "fifth," the fifth month of the Roman republican calendar, which began its year in March. Accented in first syllable in Eng. until 18c. Replaced O.E. liða se æfterra "later mildness," from liðe "mild."