Its source is a Latin expression meaning "Jove's descendant."
The name Julissa ranked 345th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 1963rd in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name appears on the 1990 U.S. Census lists, it is used by only a small percentage of the general population.
Some authorities prefer the meaning ''downy beard.'' However, this might have been understood as an attribute of Jove, the chief of the Greco-Roman gods.
The original form evolved into Julius, the Latin name of a Roman clan whose most famous member was the military and political leader Julius Caesar.