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Gender: male
Pronunciation: maks, mahks, macks
Meaning: great, dweller by Maccuspool, stream of Mack
Related Names: Mack, Maks, Maxence, Maxene, Maxi, Maxie, Maxim, Maximillian, Maximo, Maximus, Maxine, Maxson, Maxwell, Maxx

Length: 3 Gender: {{#if male



Rank in 2000s: 160


Name: max Origin: {{{origin}}}, [[Category:{{{origin}}} Names]], [[Category:{{{origin}}} Given Names]] Meaning (no case): great, dweller by maccus’ pool, stream of mack



The name Max originates as a shortened or pet version of the English name Maxwell meaning “dweller by Maccus’ pool” or “the stream of Mack.” Max is also a nickname for the German Maximillian meaning “great.” However, Max evolved into a given first name in its own right.


According to the 1990 United States Census [1], Max ranked as the 255th most popular male first name and the 11,823rd most popular last name. In the United States, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular boys' names every year since 1880, when it ranked 230th.

According to the Social Security Administration [1], in the 21st century, the name ranked in the Top 200 most popular boys' names every year from 2000 (164th) through 2006 (160th).

United States Popularity of the boy's name Max in the 21st Century:

  • Year: 2006 Rank:160th
  • Year: 2005 Rank:165th
  • Year: 2004 Rank:164th
  • Year: 2003 Rank:162nd
  • Year: 2002 Rank:165th
  • Year: 2001 Rank:159th
  • Year: 2000 Rank:164th

In 2007, the popularity of the boy's name Max ranked 26th in Australia, 24th in New Zealand, 24th in Sweden and 17th in the Netherlands.


  • Days are celebreted in honor of the name Max in Sweden (February 1st), the Ukraine (August 1st and October 22nd) and Slovakia (October 12th). [1]
  • “Max” is a first name bestowed upon children of celebrities Henry Winkler, Joan Lunden, John Landis, Kim Zimmer and Nora Ephron.[1]
  • According to a recent survey, Max is the most common male pet name for both dogs and cats in the United States.[1][1]


  • “Maxim” is the name of a men’s magazine.
  • Mad Max is the title of a 1979 adventure movie starring Mel Gibson as 'Mad' Max Rockatansky. A sequel to the movie, Mad Max 2, appeared in 1981 and a third movie in the series was titled Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and was released in 1985. [1]


  • Max Beerbohm (aka Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm) – 19th and 20th century English caricature artist and satire writer. [1]
  • Max Carl Adolf von Sydow – Film and television actor who was nominated for an Academy Award (Oscar) for “Best Actor in a Leading Role” for his role in the 1987 movie Pelle erobreren. [1]
  • Max Ernst – Influential German 20th century Dada and Surrealistic painter. In modern time, the artist has been influential on the progressive rock music group “The Mars Volta.” [1]
  • Max Delbrück – Won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1969.
  • Max Ferdinand Perutz – Won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1962.
  • Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck – 19th and 20th century German physicist who won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1918. [1]



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Author: Rich Kachold

Facts about MaxRDF feed
Gender male  +
Length 3  +
Meaning great, dweller by Maccus’ pool, stream of Mack  +
Meaningnc great, dweller by maccus’ pool, stream of mack  +
Name max  +
Origin {{{origin}}}  +
Popularity 2  +
Pronunciation maks, mahks, macks  +
Rank in 2000s 160  +
Related Mack  +, Maks  +, Maxence  +, Maxene  +, Maxi  +, Maxie  +, Maxim  +, Maximillian  +, Maximo  +, Maximus  +, Maxine  +, Maxson  +, Maxwell  +, and Maxx  +
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