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Gender: M Meaning of Maximus: "greatest" Origin of Maximus: Latin Maximus's Popularity in 2012: #206

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The powerful name of the powerful character played by Russell Crowe in the 2000 film Gladiator first appeared on the popularity charts that same year. Max to the max. One time considered a "too much name" name, Maximus has entered the realm of possibility--enough so that there were close to two thousand boys given that name last year.

Maximus was originally a Latin title of honor given to successful military commanders, such as Quintus Fabius Maximus, and then came to be a personal name, borne by several early saints.

In George Eliot's novel Felix Holt: The Radical, Maximus Debarry is very much an aristocrat.

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Famous People Named Maximus

St. Maximus, patron of babies and the dying
Bryce Maximus James (b. 2007), son of LeBron James
Marius Maximus, Roman Emperor

Pop Culture References for the Name Maximus

Maximus "Max" - a white horse in Disney's 2010 animated movie "Tangled".
Maximus Decimus Meridius - From the 2000 film starring Russell Crowe "Gladiator".

Maximus's International Variations

Maxime (French) Màmus (Gaelic) Maximos (Greek) Massimo (Italian) Makimus (Polish) Maximino (Portuguese) Maxsimiano, Maximiano, Másimio, Masimiano, Máximo, Miximino, Méssimo, Máxcimo (Spanish)