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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 2015: #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

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 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 Liron Bratman (b.2008), son of singer Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman
Max Riemelt, German actor known for starring in "Sense8," on Netflix
Max Factor, born Maksymilian Faktorowicz, a Polish-Jewish businessman, founder of the cosmetics giant Max Factor & Company, largely developed the modern cosmetics industry and popularized the term make-up in noun form based on the verb
Max Sheen (b. 2009), son of American actor Charlie Sheen
Max Aaron Gottfried (b. 2009), son of American comedian Gilbert Gottfried
Max Ellington Nixon-Marinoni (b. 2011), son of American actress Cynthia Nixon
Max Red Caspe (b. 2015), son of American actress Casey Wilson

Pop Culture References for the name Max

Max Miller, psychic on early season of "Supernatural"
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 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