JOSHUA: Hebrew for "God of salvation." Joshua fought the battle of Jericho with such intensity that the sound of his trumpet flattened the city walls and the sun stood still in the sky. The name peaked in the 1970s but remains a steady contender in the name game. Relatives: Yehosha, Josh, Josiah. Namesakes: Joshua Logan, Josiah Wedgwood, Joshua tree.
JOY: From the Latin for "rejoice." How better to express your delight with your new daughter? Relatives: Joi, Joia, Joice, Joyce, Joyous, Jovita, Joyeuse. Namesakes: Joy Philbin, Joyce Carol Oates, Joyce Brothers, James Joyce, "Joy to the World."
JUDD: From the Hebrew for "praised." One of those choices that rules out nicknames. Relatives: Jud, Juda, Judah, Judas, Jude, Juddson, Yehudah, Yehuda, Yehudi. Namesakes: Judd Hirsch, Judd Nelson, Yehudi Menuhin, The Judds, Jude the Obscure.
JUDITH: From the Hebrew for "praised." The biblical Judith inspired the Jewish army to victory by sneaking into the enemy camp and killing the general. Relatives: Judyth, Judy, Judi, Judie, Jude, Jody, Jodie, Jodi, Judit, Siobhan, Siubhan, Yehudith. Namesakes: Judith Ivey, Judy Garland, Judy Collins, Siobhan McKenna, "Punch and Judy."
JULIA: From the Latin for "youthful" and a feminine version of Julius. A fetching choice, Julia has inspired a number of charming variations. Relatives: Julya, Julie, Juliet, Juliette, Julietta, Juliana, Julina, Julianna, Juline, Joliette, Joletta, Jill, Jillian, Jules, Juli, Gillian, Gilly, Gillie, Giulia, Giulietta, Sile, Sileas. Namesakes: Julia Ward Howe, Julia Child, Julie Harris, Julie Andrews, Julianne Phillips, Juliet Mills, Jill Clayburgh, Jill Ireland, "Juliet Capulet," Raul Julia.