Maximilian: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Maximilian


Pronunciation: mak-sə-MIL-yən (key)

Origin of the name Maximilian:

Arose as a blending of the Latin Maximus (greatest) and Aemiliānus by the Emperor Frederich III, who bestowed it upon his first-born son, Maximilian I (1459 - 1519), in honor of two famous Roman generals. Maximus is directly derived from maximus (greatest), but the etymology of Aemiliānus is uncertain.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Maximilian: | Edit

Maximilian is a strong powerful name, with the nickname "Max" being a more laid back option.

What a nice name! I love Max as a nickname. Maximilian is much better than the more newly coined "Maximillian", with two l's.

Personal experiences with the name Maximilian: | Edit

People with the name Maximilian have a deep inner desire to inspire others in a higher cause, and to share their own strongly held views on spiritual matters with harmony and balance in their lives, and respond positively to beautiful things. they tend to initiate events, to be leaders rather than followers, with powerful personalities. They tend to be focused on specific goals, experience a wealth of creative new ideas, and have the ability to implement these ideas with efficiency and determination. They tend to be courageous and sometimes aggressive. As unique, creative individuals, they tend to resent authority, and are sometimes stubborn, proud, and impatient.

I had a friend named Max who everyone called Maximilian in school.It was fun to use a longer name for the shorter name he went by.It is one of those names that sounds sophisticated and sensible.

Nicknames for Maximilian: | Edit

Max, Maxi, Milo, Miles, Mac, Mack, Maks, Maxie

Meanings and history of the name Maximilian: | Edit

In Latin the meaning of the name Maximilian is: The Greatest. From the Roman name Maximilianus, which was derived from the Roman name 'Maximus' which means 'Greatest' and was first adapted in England at the start of 17th century. The name was borne from Saint Maximilian of Tebessa, a 3rd-century saint and martyr. In the 15th century the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III gave this name to his son and eventual heir. In this case it was a blend of the names of the Roman generals Fabius Maximus and Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus, who Frederick admired. It was subsequently borne by a second Holy Roman Emperor, two kings of Bavaria, a short-lived Habsburg emperor of Mexico, and many more.

Famous real-life people named Maximilian: | Edit

Saint Maximilian (martyr), 3rd-century Christian martyr
Saint Maximilian of Lorch, Christian bishop martyred in AD 288
Saint Maximilian of Antioch, Christian martyr under Julian the Apostate died AD 353
Saint Maximilian Kolbe, 20th-century Christian martyr of charity killed at Auschwitz

Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (1459–1519)
Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor (1527–1576)
Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria (1573–1651)
Maximilian II, Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria (1662–1726)
Maximilian III, Elector of Bavaria (1727–1777)
Maximilian I, Joseph King of Bavaria (1756–1825)
Maximilian II, King of Bavaria (1811–1864)
Maximilian Joseph, Duke of Bavaria (1808–1888)
Maximilian Wilhelm, Prince of Baden and Chancellor of German Empire (1867–1929)
Maximilian I of Mexico, Emperor of Mexico (1832–1867)

Other people
Maximillian (Max) Schmeling, German boxer heavyweight champion of the world (1930-1932)
Maximilian Schell, actor, Academy Award for Best Actor in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Maximilian, or Max Crook, American musician
Maximilian Levy, German track cyclist
Maximilien Robespierre, politician one of the best-known/most influential figures of the French Revolution
Maximilian Ronge, Austrian intelligence officer
Maximilianus Transylvanus (Maximilian von Sevenborg), sixteenth-century author
Maximillian Edward-Lloyd Jones, actor The Sandlot 2 (Movie), Switched at Birth (TV Series)

Maximilian in song, story & screen: | Edit

Tsar Maximilian, hero of the eponymous Russian folk-play
Maximilian Morrel, character in the Book/Movie The Count of Monte Cristo
Maximillian (robot), robot from the 1979 Disney motion picture, The Black Hole
Maximillian Arturo, fictional character on science fiction TV show Sliders
Maximillian Faversham, character in the radio comedy The Penny Dreadfuls Present...
Maximillian Skinner, main (fictional) character in A Good Year
Maximillian, main character in the PlayStation 2 video game Dark Cloud 2
Maximilian (Maxie) Zeus, Batman villain
Maximilian, one of the three playable geniuses in the real time strategy game, Evil Genius
Maximilian Gaius Von Reginrave, imperial general invading the country Gallia in Valkyria Chronicles
Maximillian (Max) Goof, son of the popular Disney character Goofy
Maximilian Veers, Imperial General in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

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