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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 2016: #118

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 118, close to the the highest it's been on the Social Security list since 1917, after which 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.

Famous People Named Max

Max Emilian Verstappen, Dutch Formula 1 Driver
Karl Emil Maximilian "Max" Weber, German sociologist
Carl Adolf "Max" von Sydow, Swedish actor
Max Greenfield, American actor
Maximillian Kolenda "Max" Pacioretty, American ice hockey player
Maximillion Drake "Max" Thieriot, American actor
Maximillian Weisner "Max" Starks IV, American NFL football player
Maxwell McCandless "Max" Unger, American NFL football player
Maximillian Alberto "Max" George, English singer of The Wanted
Max Changmin, South Korean singer of duo TVXQ
Max Lloyd-Jones, American actor
Max Charles, American actor
Max Stanley, aka Maxmoefoe, Australian YouTuber
Max Carver (born Robert Maxwell Martensen), American actor; twin brother Charlie Carver
Max Perlich, American actor
Maxwell M. "Max" Scherzer, American baseball player
Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck, German theoretical physicist; Nobel Prize winner
Max Born, German physicist and mathematician; Nobel prize winner
Max Theodor Felix von Laue, German physicist; Nobel prize winner
Max Ludwig Henning Delbrück, German-€“American biophysicist; Nobel prize winner
Max Riemelt, German actor
Max Factor (born Maksymilian Faktorowicz), Polish-Jewish founder of cosmetics giant Max Factor & Company
Max Brooks (b. 1972), son of actors Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft
Max Bernstein (b. 1979), son of screenwriter Nora Ephron and journalist Carl Bernstein
Max Fuse (b. 1983), son of actress Olivia Hussey and musician Akira Fuse
Max Samuel Spielberg (b. 1985), son of film director Steven Spielberg
Max Todd (b. 1991), son of reality TV personality Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd
Max Cohn (b. 1991), son of singer Marc Cohn
Maxwell J. "Max" Heard (b. 1994), late son of actor John Heard
Max Greathouse Allen (b. 1996), son of Kara Kennedy; grandson of Sen. Ted Kennedy
Max McGinley (b. 1997), son of actor John McGinley
Max Favreau (b. 2001), son of actor Jon Favreau
Max Whitfield (b. 2003), son of singer Patricia Lewis and Mark Whitfield
Max Ullrich (b. 2007), son of cyclist Jan Ullrich
Max Hugh Gorman (b. 2008), son of actor Burn Gorman
Max Liron Bratman (b. 2008), son of singer Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman
Maxwell Mark "Max" Croft (b. 2008), son of singer Kerry Katona and Mark Croft
Max Sheen (b. 2009), son of actor Charlie Sheen
Max Aaron Gottfried (b. 2009), son of comedian Gilbert Gottfried
Max Schmeichel (b. 2010), son of footballer Kasper Schmeichel
Max Corden (b. 2011), son of TV host James Corden
Max Ellington Nixon-Marinoni (b. 2011), son of actress Cynthia Nixon
Max Wilde Presnall (b. 2012), son of musicians Derek and Jamie Presnall
Max Neville Ling (b. 2012), son of AFL player Cameron Ling
Max O'Gara (b. 2014), son of rugby union player Ronan O'Gara
Max Red Caspe (b. 2015), son of actress Casey Wilson
Max Bowie Band (b. 2016), son of singer Alex Band of The Calling
Max Kerman, lead singer of the Arkells
Max Miller, comedian

Pop Culture References for the name Max

Max, main character in Maurice Sendak's "Where The Wild Things Are"
Max, dog in Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
"Mad Max" Rockatansky, main character in the "Mad Max" movie series
Max Bialystock, main character in movie and musical "The Producers"
Max Fischer, main character in movie "Rushmore"
Max, character of Canadian dance show "The Next Step"
Max, rabbit character on animated series "Max and Ruby"
Max, character on animated series "Dragon Tales"
Max Evans, character on TV's "Roswell"
Max Blum, character on TV's "Happy Endings"
Max Branning, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Max Miller, psychic on early season of "Supernatural"
Max de la Costa, character in movie "Elysium"
Max, main character in movie "Sharkboy and Lavagirl"
Maxwell "Max" Smart, main character on TV's "Get Smart"
Max Thunderman, character on TV's "The Thundermans"
Maximillion "Max" Galactica, character in video game "Ace Attorney"
Max, character on TV's "24"
Max, character in Comet Man comics
Max, talking spaceship in movie "Flight of the Navigator"
Max, character in the Pokemon animated series
Max, rabbit character in the Sam & Max series
Max Vandenburg, character in Markus Zusak's "The Book Thief"
Max Britsky, main character in "Max" by Howard Fast
Max Rhaymer, character from the 2016 TV movie "Backstabbed"
Max Factor, cosmetic company

Maxy, Maxie, Maxey, Maxx