Julian Hawthorne was born on June 22, 1846, in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. He was the son of Nathaniel Hawthorne, a novelist, and Sophia Hawthorne, an artist. His parents had been choosing a name for eight months. Possible names included George, Arthur, Edward, Horace, Robert, and Lemuel. His father called him for some time as "Bundlebreech" or "Black Prince", due to his dark curls and red cheeks. The family moved to Liverpool, England, where his father was an American consul when Julian was seven. As a boy, Julian was well-behaved and good-natured. He was raised in a loving household.