"Here another of my nieces was born, who was given the unlucky name of Julia"

Germanicus had two daughters named Julia, this being the second (it was not unusual for Roman sisters to share a name and to be referred to, for example, as Julia Major and Julia Minor). Claudius considers the name (one of the most common female names in Rome at the time) to be "unlucky" because of the association with Julia Augusti Filia, but states that he always called his nieceĀ "Lesbia" (she was born on the island of Lesbos), a name made equally scandalous by Catullus's poetry.