Max: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Max

Max

Pronunciation: MAKS (key)

Origin of the name Max:

A short form of Maximulian, Max is also bestowed as an independent given name.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Max: | Edit

I couldn't put these in real-life namesakes -- but there is a lot of Max in fashion -- BCBG Max Azria; Max Mara; and of course, TJ Maxx!

Max is a nickname for a lot of names, including: Maximo, Maximino, Maximiliano, Maximilian, Maximillian, Maximilien, Maxim, and Maxwell.

Since Max is the name of the main character in Where the Wilds Things Are, I immediately fell in love with it. It has a sense of childhood and emotional strength, power and courage.

I love Where The Wild Things Are and I Love the name Max!

Personal experiences with the name Max: | Edit

My cousin just named her twins Abigail Michele and Max Anthony. Although I don't like Michelle with only one "l," I really like the way "Max and Abby" sounds. There was dispute over whether his full name should be Maximus or Maxwell, but they decided Max was enough for him.

Nicknames for Max: | Edit

maxy, Mix, Mash, Moo, Maxi

Meanings and history of the name Max: | Edit

It means: The greatest.

Famous real-life people named Max: | Edit

Physicist Max Planck
Max Ernst, surrealist artist
Max Beckmann, German expressionist artist

Max in song, story & screen: | Edit

The young hero of "Where the Wild Things Are"; '80s wacko tv series Max Headroom. There was also Valley Girl speak in which you used to say "To the max!!!"; Mad Max of Road Warrior and Beyond Thunderdome fame; Animated children's series Max and Ruby.
Max Bialystock, character in Mel Brooks' "The Producers"
Max Russo, character form Wizards of Waverly Place, a wizard, youngest of his brother Justin and sister Alex, portrayed by Jake T. Austin
Max Lightwood (short for Maxwell)- character in Cassandra Clare's book series, The Mortal Instruments.
Max Smuckers, in the internet comic blog "The Greasers of Hazzick Flats", brother of Alex and Orchid Smuckers, and a buddy of Xerxes Scruggs. http://www.thegreasersofhazzickflats.blogspot.com

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