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Gender: M Meaning of Max: "greatest" Origin of Max: English and German diminutive of Maximilian or Maxwell Max's Popularity in 2013: #111

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Max was transformed from cigar-chomping grandpa to rosy-cheeked baby in the 1980s, along with card-playing partners Sam and Jake.

Never quite as popular as it seemed, Max is now, at Number 111, close to the the highest it's been on the Social Security list since 1917, when German-sounding names went out of favor. The character name Max in the children's classic Where the Wild Things Are had an impact on baby namers. Max is currently in the Top 20 in Britain, Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand.

Max has been a popular starbaby name for decades, most recently for the sons of Christina Aguilera, Cynthia Nixon and Charlie Sheen, while other celebs, such as Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, have used more formal appellations--Maximilian, Maxwell, Maxfield--on the birth certificate to get to the nickname Max. Skater Scott Hamilton put his own spin on it by maximizing the spelling of his son's name to Maxx.

Warning: Max has long been the top name for canines.

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Famous People Named Max

Max Greenfield, American actor
Max Pacioretty, American hockey player
Maximillion "Max" Thieriot, American actor
Maximillian "Max" Starks, American football player
Maxwell "Max" Unger, American football player
Max Liron Bratman(b.2008), son of Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman
Max George, English singer
Max Lloyd-Jones, American Actor
Max Charles, American child actor
Max Carver, American actor; twin brother Charlie Carver
Max Perlich, American actor
Max Scherzer, American baseball player
Max Planck, Noble prize winner in Physics
Max von Sydow, Swedish actor
Max Born, German physicist and mathematician and Nobel prize winner
Max von Laue, German physicist and Nobel prize winner
Max Delbrueck, German–American biophysicist and Nobel prize winner in Physiology or Medicine

Pop Culture References for the Name Max

Max, of 'Where The Wild Things Are'
"Mad Max" Rockatansky, title hero of the 'Mad Max' series of dystopian action films, played by Mel Gibson
Max, character on US children's show 'Max and Ruby'
Max, main boy on the children's show 'Dragon Tales' and little brother to Emmy
Max Evans, character on the show 'Roswell'
Max Blum, character on the TV show 'Happy Endings'
Max de la Costa, Matt Damon's character in the 2013 film "Elysium"
Max-main character in movie "Sharkboy and Lavagirl"
Maxwell "Max" Smart-Main character in Get Smart
Max Thunderman, from Nickelodeon show 'The Thundermans'
Maximillion Galactica, character from 'Ace Attorney'

Maxey, Maxie, Maxx, Maxy