Gender: Male Meaning of Max: "greatest" Origin of Max: English and German diminutive of Maximilian or Maxwell Max's Popularity in 2019: #137

Max Origin and Meaning

The name Max is a boy's name of German, English, Aboriginal origin meaning "greatest".

Max was derived from Maximilian, a Latin name that originated from the Roman family name Maximus. The character name Max in the children's classic Where the Wild Things Are had an impact on baby namers. Max is a widely used name internationally.

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 close to the the highest it's been on the Social Security list since 1917, after which German-sounding names went out of favor.

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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Rank in US: #137

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QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Sounds like a dog to me.

Boba_Buddy_Le Says:


For me, it suits a dog better than a human.

abertawe Says:


Lol people age

Boymomma2 Says:


Mason and you could do a middle name with x somewhere. You could really make any Ma name work..

fullabeans Says:


What about Maxim or Maxen? Or a bit more different...Malcolm, Maddox, Malik, Marcus Mackenzie(or another Mac name)

Ellen Howard Says:


I'm expecting in may and we like the name Max, but as a nickname. We want something besides maxton, maximillion, maximus and all the usual "max" names. We need help though because we cant find anything!

kertheshe Says:


Lol at the warning. Daisy is also a popular dog name but you don't see people hesitating to name their kids this. Max is a great name, in my opinion. I prefer Maxton and Maximus, though.

Addie88 Says:


This name is growing on me.

Catastroffy Says:


Max, grandpa? Absolutely not. To me Max is either an annoying little brother or a spiky-haired youth.

babymagic Says:


This is a very popular name in the canine community, but personally I wish it was used more often on humans (whether boy or girl).

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


It's not a favorite of mine because I prefer more unusual names, BUT I do think Max is really cute sounding! :)

quartzknee Says:


We named our son Max. Pretty much every man likes Max. With women, mixed reviews. I think It's the name of a cool person.

Leah3456 Says:


I actually like Max by itself. I try to like the longer forms, but I can't.

Guest Says:


I never even knew Max was once a grandpa name! I thought it was always young and cool! It's timeless :)