Gender: Male Meaning of Major: "greater; or, a military rank" Origin of Major: Latin Major's Popularity in 2019: #351

Major Origin and Meaning

The name Major is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "greater; or, a military rank".

This bold choice soared in popularity from 2008 to 2013, and now seems to have plateaued. But watch out—the character Major Major Major Major in the classic absurdist novel Catch-22 had a terrible time.

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Rank in US: #351

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ambercat Says:


While it would be very interesting paired with a surname like "Strangefellow," it seems as thought there is just too much that can go majorly wrong when using it.

avenmaide Says:


Yes! That was the first encounter I had with the name Major. Brings a different level of “cool.”

Azi*Cwater Says:


Awkward when meeting a Magnus or a Maximus/Max. Magnus means great, Major means greater and Maximus means greatest.

girlvsglobe Says:


iZombie, anyone? I love the character, but not sure I'd use this as a baby name. Some titles have to be earned!

Zelliew Says:


it could cause confusion if it's taken as a title or rank

GraciousMe Says:


LOVE LOVE LOVE the name Major!

Bobcat108 Says:


For me, Major will always be my grandparents' Scotch collie that I adored.

Guest Says:


Well it could be seen as respectable or honorable depending on how one chooses to see it but for myself I don't really like titles as names. I don't hate the name though.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Not everyone has to like the name and say wonderful comments on it just because it's your sons name. Everyone has a different opinion and if that's your attitude then you shouldnt say anything negative towards a name in case it's someone's name.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


How is that even an offensive comment jfc it's just a persons thought.

Orchid_Lover Says:


I don't appreciate your trollish attacks on lesliemarion and have flagged all your hypocritical attack comments. (including the one this is replying to)

mrspraj4 Says:


I LOVE the name Major. It is my grandpa's first name and he's great!! Dh will not go for this name even though I have begged!!! :(

Guest Says:


I've met an adult Major and I've only heard it on Major Harris, TI's son and Major Garrett the journalist. I personally think the name is a bit tacky but I don't hate it like other noun-names like Maverick.

faithnamer Says:


I just met a little boy named Major! He was adorable, but I'm not too sure if the name fit him.

jessieo Says:


I knew a couple of pooches called Major!

DearestJules Says:


Whoa, I had no idea Major was in the Top 500! I've been on Nameberry for maybe a year now and have never encountered it before, nor have I ever met anybody in real like with this name before either.

lesliemarion Says:


I like it, but it does sound like a big dog with a deep bark,

hamwan Says:


Like the name Captain, Major sounds funny as a name.