Max Name Meaning

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Fact: The name Max is popular in literature, featured in books like “Where the Wild Things Are.”

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A Deep Dive

Max Overview

Meaning

Greatest

Gender

Boy

Origin

Latin

Etymology

Derived from the Latin name “Maximus,” meaning “greatest.”

Religion

Christianity

Pronunciation

/mæks/

Popularity

Max is a popular name globally, particularly in Europe and English-speaking countries. Recently, Max has ranked within the top 150 names for boys in the USA.

Syllable

1 syllable

Length

3 letters

Numerology

11 (Intuitive, Idealistic, Spiritual)

Name Styles

Short, Popular, Classic

Associated Traits

Strong, charismatic, confident

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

Saint Maximus the Confessor is a notable figure in Christianity, known for his theological works and defense of the faith.

Name Day

January 21st
A Deep Dive

Max Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Maxwell, Maximus, Maximilian, Maxim, Maximo, Maxence, Maksim, Massimo, Maxen, Macsen

Common Nicknames

Big Mac, Em, LilMaxy, Maxibear, Maxidoodle, Maxmus, Maxie, Mackie, Maxy

Diminutives

Maxi, Mack, Maxie, Maxo, Macks, Maxxie

Famous People

  • Max Planck
    (German Physicist)
  • Max von Sydow
    (Swedish Actor)
  • Max Weber
    (German Sociologist)
  • Max Ernst
    (German Artist)
  • Max Verstappen
    (Dutch Racing Driver)
  • Max Scherzer
    (American Baseball Player)
  • Max Irons
    (British Actor)
  • Max Brooks
    (American Author)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Max Rockatansky
    ("Mad Max," Film Series)
  • "Max"
    (Film)
  • Max Goof
    ("A Goofy Movie," Film)
  • Max Guevara
    ("Dark Angel," TV Series)
  • Max Mayfield
    ("Stranger Things," TV Series)
  • Maximus Decimus Meridius
    ("Gladiator," Film)

Places

  • Max City
    (North Dakota, USA)
  • Max Park
    (Texas, USA)
  • Max River
    (Quebec, Canada)
  • Max Mountain
    (British Columbia, Canada)
  • Max Lake
    (Minnesota, USA)
  • Max Township
    (Missouri, USA)

What Is the Meaning of Max?

Max means “greatest.” Those with the name Max are often seen as charismatic and strong-willed, possessing a natural ability to lead and inspire others.

What Is the Origin of The Name Max?

The name Max has Latin roots, derived from the name Maximilianus, which means “greatest.” It has a long history of use in various cultures, especially in Europe, and has been a popular choice for nobility and royalty.

Max Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Max in the U.S. over the Years

United States flagUnited States#1602021#1572022#1632023
Top 3 Rankings#962011#982010#991914

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Max

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
2023163
(-6 from 2022)
2197
(-187 from 2022)
0.11998
2022157
(+3 from 2021)
2384
(-25 from 2021)
0.12728
2021160
(-13 from 2020)
2409
(-74 from 2020)
0.12858
2020147
(-10 from 2019)
2483
(-267 from 2019)
0.13424
2019137
(-1 from 2018)
2750
(-125 from 2018)
0.14310
2018136
(-8 from 2017)
2875
(-270 from 2017)
0.14791
2017128
(-10 from 2016)
3145
(-277 from 2016)
0.15891
2016118
No change from 2015
3422
(+3 from 2015)
0.16894
2015118
(-6 from 2014)
3419
(-78 from 2014)
0.16723
2014112
(-1 from 2013)
3497
(-23 from 2013)
0.17065
2013111
(-6 from 2012)
3520
(-176 from 2012)
0.17420
2012105
(-9 from 2011)
3696
(-260 from 2011)
0.18214
201196
(+2 from 2010)
3956
(+108 from 2010)
0.19474
201098
(+6 from 2009)
3848
(-110 from 2009)
0.18730
2009104
(+22 from 2008)
3958
(+586 from 2008)
0.18662
2008126
(+15 from 2007)
3372
(+490 from 2007)
0.15465
2007141
(+19 from 2006)
2882
(+239 from 2006)
0.13011
2006160
(+5 from 2005)
2643
(+149 from 2005)
0.12055
2005165
(-1 from 2004)
2494
(+13 from 2004)
0.11724
2004164
(-2 from 2003)
2481
(+21 from 2003)
0.11740
2003162
(+4 from 2002)
2460
(+141 from 2002)
0.11708
2002166
(-7 from 2001)
2319
(-84 from 2001)
0.11221
2001159
(+5 from 2000)
2403
(+48 from 2000)
0.11618
2000164
(-3 from 1999)
2355
(+57 from 1999)
0.11277
1999161
(-2 from 1998)
2298
(+141 from 1998)
0.11270
1998159
(+35 from 1997)
2157
(+459 from 1997)
0.10638
1997194
(+14 from 1996)
1698
(+210 from 1996)
0.08499
1996208
(-13 from 1995)
1488
(-77 from 1995)
0.07426
1995195
(-4 from 1994)
1565
(-60 from 1994)
0.07781
1994191
(-22 from 1993)
1625
(-262 from 1993)
0.07972
1993169
(+1 from 1992)
1887
(+10 from 1992)
0.09136
1992170
(+5 from 1991)
1877
(+48 from 1991)
0.08942
1991175
(-4 from 1990)
1829
(+38 from 1990)
0.08629
1990171
(+14 from 1989)
1791
(+185 from 1989)
0.08322
1989185
(+12 from 1988)
1606
(+220 from 1988)
0.07662
1988197
(-9 from 1987)
1386
(-67 from 1987)
0.06922
1987188
(+55 from 1986)
1453
(+530 from 1986)
0.07450
1986243
(+31 from 1985)
923
(+163 from 1985)
0.04803
1985274
(+34 from 1984)
760
(+128 from 1984)
0.03949
1984308
(+34 from 1983)
632
(+101 from 1983)
0.03368
1983342
(+33 from 1982)
531
(+68 from 1982)
0.02849
1982375
(-24 from 1981)
463
(-38 from 1981)
0.02453
1981351
(+11 from 1980)
501
(+15 from 1980)
0.02690
1980362
(+13 from 1979)
486
(+27 from 1979)
0.02620
1979375
(+7 from 1978)
459
(+45 from 1978)
0.02562
1978382
(+10 from 1977)
414
(+11 from 1977)
0.02423
1977392
(-11 from 1976)
403
(-7 from 1976)
0.02358
1976381
No change from 1975
410
(-5 from 1975)
0.02511
1975381
No change from 1974
415
(+2 from 1974)
0.02558
1974381
(-13 from 1973)
413
(-21 from 1973)
0.02533
1973368
(+28 from 1972)
434
(+44 from 1972)
0.02690
1972396
(+6 from 1971)
390
(-19 from 1971)
0.02330
1971402
(-34 from 1970)
409
(-78 from 1970)
0.02250
1970368
(+42 from 1969)
487
(+112 from 1969)
0.02557
1969410
(-28 from 1968)
375
(-39 from 1968)
0.02050
1968382
(-5 from 1967)
414
(+19 from 1967)
0.02332
1967377
(-22 from 1966)
395
(-53 from 1966)
0.02220
1966355
(+21 from 1965)
448
(+26 from 1965)
0.02465
1965376
(-33 from 1964)
422
(-103 from 1964)
0.02227
1964343
(-8 from 1963)
525
(-24 from 1963)
0.02590
1963335
(-7 from 1962)
549
(-24 from 1962)
0.02659
1962328
(-24 from 1961)
573
(-79 from 1961)
0.02726
1961304
(-7 from 1960)
652
(-17 from 1960)
0.03023
1960297
(+1 from 1959)
669
(-23 from 1959)
0.03090
1959298
(-15 from 1958)
692
(-44 from 1958)
0.03194
1958283
(-4 from 1957)
736
(-4 from 1957)
0.03416
1957279
(-13 from 1956)
740
(-8 from 1956)
0.03381
1956266
(-11 from 1955)
748
(+24 from 1955)
0.03485
1955255
(+4 from 1954)
724
(-19 from 1954)
0.03464
1954259
(-1 from 1953)
743
(+18 from 1953)
0.03591
1953258
(-14 from 1952)
725
(-37 from 1952)
0.03621
1952244
(-7 from 1951)
762
(-44 from 1951)
0.03862
1951237
(+3 from 1950)
806
(+51 from 1950)
0.04216
1950240
(-6 from 1949)
755
(-6 from 1949)
0.04151
1949234
(+2 from 1948)
761
(+18 from 1948)
0.04223
1948236
(-18 from 1947)
743
(-126 from 1947)
0.04168
1947218
(-14 from 1946)
869
(+28 from 1946)
0.04678
1946204
(-15 from 1945)
841
(+38 from 1945)
0.05096
1945189
(+5 from 1944)
803
(+23 from 1944)
0.05855
1944194
(-8 from 1943)
780
(-95 from 1943)
0.05615
1943186
(-16 from 1942)
875
(-96 from 1942)
0.06015
1942170
(-1 from 1941)
971
(+40 from 1941)
0.06895
1941169
(-4 from 1940)
931
(-20 from 1940)
0.07419
1940165
(-3 from 1939)
951
(-28 from 1939)
0.08017
1939162
(-22 from 1938)
979
(-185 from 1938)
0.08638
1938140
(+1 from 1937)
1164
(+59 from 1937)
0.10242
1937141
(-12 from 1936)
1105
(-144 from 1936)
0.10104
1936129
(-1 from 1935)
1249
(-34 from 1935)
0.11735
1935128
(-2 from 1934)
1283
(-52 from 1934)
0.11995
1934126
(+14 from 1933)
1335
(+211 from 1933)
0.12571
1933140
(+3 from 1932)
1124
(-30 from 1932)
0.11018
1932143
(-3 from 1931)
1154
(-29 from 1931)
0.10741
1931140
(+3 from 1930)
1183
(+2 from 1930)
0.11058
1930143
(-15 from 1929)
1181
(-155 from 1929)
0.10456
1929128
(-3 from 1928)
1336
(-69 from 1928)
0.12062
1928125
(+17 from 1927)
1405
(+178 from 1927)
0.12312
1927142
(-5 from 1926)
1227
(-27 from 1926)
0.10560
1926137
(-9 from 1925)
1254
(-131 from 1925)
0.10948
1925128
(-2 from 1924)
1385
(-12 from 1924)
0.12029
1924126
(-4 from 1923)
1397
(-43 from 1923)
0.11950
1923122
(-5 from 1922)
1440
(-78 from 1922)
0.12718
1922117
(-5 from 1921)
1518
(-40 from 1921)
0.13491
1921112
No change from 1920
1558
(-3 from 1920)
0.13692
1920112
(-2 from 1919)
1561
(+103 from 1919)
0.14181
1919110
(-4 from 1918)
1458
(-78 from 1918)
0.14360
1918106
(-2 from 1917)
1536
(+25 from 1917)
0.14647
1917104
(+1 from 1916)
1511
(+18 from 1916)
0.15751
1916105
(-3 from 1915)
1493
(+59 from 1915)
0.16171
1915102
(-3 from 1914)
1434
(+275 from 1914)
0.16278
191499
(+2 from 1913)
1159
(+262 from 1913)
0.16961
1913101
No change from 1912
897
(+163 from 1912)
0.16727
1912101
(+5 from 1911)
734
(+374 from 1911)
0.16259
1911106
(+8 from 1910)
360
(+83 from 1910)
0.14913
1910114
(+8 from 1909)
277
(+49 from 1909)
0.13284
1909122
(-3 from 1908)
228
(+10 from 1908)
0.12891
1908119
(+3 from 1907)
218
(+21 from 1907)
0.13104
1907122
(+10 from 1906)
197
(+41 from 1906)
0.12422
1906132
(+17 from 1905)
156
(+16 from 1905)
0.10828
1905149
(-4 from 1904)
140
(+6 from 1904)
0.09774
1904145
(+14 from 1903)
134
(+24 from 1903)
0.09675
1903159
(-17 from 1902)
110
(-23 from 1902)
0.08506
1902142
(+4 from 1901)
133
(+23 from 1901)
0.10019
1901146
(+3 from 1900)
110
(-31 from 1900)
0.09516
1900149
(-24 from 1899)
141
(+14 from 1899)
0.08697
1899125
(+11 from 1898)
127
(-5 from 1898)
0.11025
1898136
(-3 from 1897)
132
(+10 from 1897)
0.09993
1897133
(-13 from 1896)
122
(-23 from 1896)
0.10005
1896120
(+45 from 1895)
145
(+50 from 1895)
0.11234
1895165
(-10 from 1894)
95
(-4 from 1894)
0.07501
1894155
(-16 from 1893)
99
(-8 from 1893)
0.07927
1893139
(+27 from 1892)
107
(+12 from 1892)
0.08840
1892166
(-21 from 1891)
95
(+4 from 1891)
0.07227
1891145
(-2 from 1890)
91
(-8 from 1890)
0.08328
1890143
(+17 from 1889)
99
(+16 from 1889)
0.08271
1889160
(-28 from 1888)
83
(-35 from 1888)
0.06973
1888132
(+42 from 1887)
118
(+45 from 1887)
0.09083
1887174
(+8 from 1886)
73
No change from 1886
0.06678
1886182
(+1 from 1885)
73
(+2 from 1885)
0.06132
1885183
(-7 from 1884)
71
(-9 from 1884)
0.06124
1884176
(-13 from 1883)
80
(+5 from 1883)
0.06518
1883163
(+19 from 1882)
75
(+1 from 1882)
0.06668
1882182
(-7 from 1881)
74
(+8 from 1881)
0.06064
1881175
(+50 from 1880)
66
(+14 from 1880)
0.06096
1880225
First SSA data recorded
52
First SSA data recorded
0.04392

American States Popularity Rankings for Max

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

California (CA) flagCalifornia (CA)#1182021#1242022#1322023

New York (NY)

New York (NY) flagNew York (NY)#1172021#972022#1012023

Texas (TX)

Texas (TX) flagTexas (TX)#2262021#2222022#2252023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#1462021#1502022#1302023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#2172021#1642022#1762023

Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#1492021#1612022#1542023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#1882021#1952022#1852023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#1952021#1972022#1842023

Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#1682021#1602022#1672023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#2082021#2082022#2532023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#892021#912022#992023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#1132021#1042022#1052023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#1282021#1562022#2022023

Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#1742021#1752022#2032023

Utah (UT)

Utah (UT) flagUtah (UT)#892021#852022#1002023

Kansas (KS)

Kansas (KS) flagKansas (KS)#1842021#2122022#1842023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#1212021#1282022#1342023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#1202021#1462022#1382023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#1562021#1122022#1412023

Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#2282021#1722022#2952023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#1392021#1762022#1692023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#2322021#2472022#2232023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#1382021#2132022#2192023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#1952021#1932022#2592023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#1752021#1832022#2392023

Nebraska (NE)

Nebraska (NE) flagNebraska (NE)#1642021#1462022#1222023

Maryland (MD)

Maryland (MD) flagMaryland (MD)#2262021#1452022#2052023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#2932021#2392022#2452023

Oregon (OR)

Oregon (OR) flagOregon (OR)#1512021#1612022#1302023

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana (LA) flagLouisiana (LA)#2142021#2102022#2822023

Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas (AR) flagArkansas (AR)#2102021#3112022#2092023

Connecticut (CT)

Connecticut (CT) flagConnecticut (CT)#1252021#1132022#952023

New Mexico (NM)

New Mexico (NM) flagNew Mexico (NM)#2512021#1742022#3252023

Idaho (ID)

Idaho (ID) flagIdaho (ID)#2142021#1282022#1442023

Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#2332021#2722022#3342023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#2252021#2752022#3542023

West Virginia (WV)

West Virginia (WV) flagWest Virginia (WV)#2822021#2882022#2322023

Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi (MS) flagMississippi (MS)#3692021#4482022#3592023

District of Columbia (DC)

District of Columbia (DC) flagDistrict of Columbia (DC)#332021#462022#702023

Nevada (NV)

Nevada (NV) flagNevada (NV)#2352021#1722022#2012023

South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota (SD) flagSouth Dakota (SD)#1782021#1382022#2262023

Montana (MT)

Montana (MT) flagMontana (MT)#1912021#2162022#982023

New Hampshire (NH)

New Hampshire (NH) flagNew Hampshire (NH)#1012021#1372022#2592023

Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii (HI) flagHawaii (HI)#2292021#1622022#1252023

North Dakota (ND)

North Dakota (ND) flagNorth Dakota (ND)#1312021#1902022#1322023

Rhode Island (RI)

Rhode Island (RI) flagRhode Island (RI)#1912021#972022#1642023

Maine (ME)

Maine (ME) flagMaine (ME)#1552021#1962022#1662023

Alaska (AK)

Alaska (AK) flagAlaska (AK)#972018#1742021#1332023

Wyoming (WY)

Wyoming (WY) flagWyoming (WY)#1282016#1132017#1192021

Vermont (VT)

Vermont (VT) flagVermont (VT)#1142019#882020#982022

Delaware (DE)

Delaware (DE) flagDelaware (DE)#1692018#1882020#1182022

Popularity Rankings for Max in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Catalonia, Spain

Catalonia, Spain flagCatalonia, Spain#172020#172021#202022

Popularity in Scotland

Scotland flagScotland#212021#232022#232023

Popularity in Australia (NSW)

Australia (NSW) flagAustralia (NSW)#252021#262022#232023

Popularity in New Zealand

New Zealand flagNew Zealand#232021#252022#292023

Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#372021#272022#312023

Popularity in Germany

Germany flagGermany#272021#282022#312023

Popularity in England and Wales

England and Wales flagEngland and Wales#282019#332020#342021

Popularity in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland#452021#442022#472023

Popularity in Austria

Austria flagAustria#442020#462021#472022

Popularity in Finland

Finland flagFinland#472020#482021#472022

Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#512020#592021#522022

Popularity in Sweden

Sweden flagSweden#722021#732022#582023

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#592021#602022#612023

Popularity in Norway

Norway flagNorway#662021#662022#722023

Popularity in Belgium

Belgium flagBelgium#1182020#892021#812022

Popularity in Spain

Spain flagSpain#962020#912021#962022

Popularity in Czechia

Czechia flagCzechia#1042014#1032015#922016

Popularity in Chile

Chile flagChile#1262019#1512020#1202021

Popularity in Iceland

Iceland flagIceland#3292021#1262022

Popularity in Poland

Poland flagPoland#1342021#1442022#1422023

Popularity in France

France flagFrance#1901971#1842002#1982003

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#1902020#2622021#2192022

Popularity in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico flagPuerto Rico#2702016#2082022#2842023

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Max a Name for Boys or Girls?

While Max is commonly used for boys, it has also become increasingly popular as a unisex name. The name’s straightforward, no-nonsense charm appeals to many parents for both their sons and daughters.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Max

  • Maxwell
  • Maximus
  • Maximilian
  • Maxim
  • Maximo
  • Maxence
  • Maksim
  • Massimo
  • Maxen
  • Macsen
  • Big Mac
  • Em
  • LilMaxy
  • Maxibear
  • Maxidoodle
  • Maxmus
  • Maxie
  • Mackie
  • Maxy
  • Maxi
  • Mack
  • Maxie
  • Maxo
  • Macks
  • Maxxie

Max in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Max Planck (Physicist, 1858–1947): A German theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918.
  • Max von Sydow (Actor, 1929–2020): A Swedish actor known for his work in international cinema, including films like "The Seventh Seal" and "The Exorcist."
  • Max Weber (Sociologist, 1864–1920): A German sociologist, philosopher, and political economist who profoundly influenced social theory and research.
  • Max Ernst (Artist, 1891–1976): A German painter, sculptor, and graphic artist, a pioneer of the Dada and Surrealist movements.
  • Max Verstappen (Racing Driver, born 1997): A Dutch Formula One racing driver who won the World Championship in 2021.
  • Max Scherzer (Baseball Player, born 1984): An American professional baseball pitcher, known for his multiple Cy Young Awards.
  • Max Irons (Actor, born 1985): A British actor known for his roles in films like "Red Riding Hood" and "The Host."
  • Max Brooks (Author, born 1972): An American author known for his novel "World War Z."
  • Max Rockatansky ("Mad Max," 1979 Film Series): A road warrior in a post-apocalyptic world who battles against brutal gangs.
  • "Max" (2015 Film): A family film about a military dog named Max who helps his handler's family heal after a tragic loss.
  • Max Goof ("A Goofy Movie," 1995 Film): The son of Goofy who goes on a road trip with his dad and learns valuable life lessons.
  • Max Guevara ("Dark Angel," 2000 TV Series): A genetically enhanced super-soldier on the run from the government.
  • Max Mayfield ("Stranger Things," 2016 TV Series): A skateboarding tomboy who joins the group of kids in Hawkins and faces supernatural threats.
  • Maximus Decimus Meridius ("Gladiator," 2000 Film): A Roman general who seeks vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family.
  • Max Dillon ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2," 2014 Film): An electrical engineer who transforms into the villain Electro.
  • "Where the Wild Things Are" (1963 Children's Book by Maurice Sendak): Follows Max, a young boy who journeys to an island of wild creatures.
  • Max Braverman ("Parenthood," 2010 TV Series): A boy with Asperger's syndrome navigating the challenges of growing up.
  • Max Payne ("Max Payne," 2001 Video Game): A vigilante cop seeking justice for the murder of his family in a gritty, noir-inspired setting.
  • Max City (North Dakota, USA): A small city in McLean County known for its rural charm and community spirit.