Gender: Male Meaning of Maximilian: "greatest" Origin of Maximilian: Latin Maximilian's Popularity in 2019: #503

Maximilian Origin and Meaning

The name Maximilian is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "greatest".

This name once seemed a bit grand and pompous for an American baby boy, but a significant number of parents are now preferring it as a substantial platform for the nickname Max, among them Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, who chose it for their twin son.

Maximilian was a traditional royal name among the Hapsburgs in Austro-Hungary and also in Bavaria. In literature, it appears as the husband of Rebecca in the eponymous novel and also in The Count of Monte Cristo. Maximilian Schell was a highly respected Austrian actor who won a Best Actor Academy Award in 1961.

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Rank in US: #503

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Pop Culture References for the name Maximilian

Mack, Max, Maximus, Maximilianus, Maxymilian, Maxemilion, Maxi, Maxy, Maks, Maxey, Maxie, Maxemilian

Maximilian's International Variations

Maximilliano, Maximiano, Maximino, Mancho, Macimilian, Maximillano, Maximiliano, Chilano, Mascimiliano (Spanish) Maximo, Massimo (Italian) Maximilien, Maxime (French) Maxim, Maksim (Russian) Maximos (Greek)


penelope_lynson Says:


I know this is an old comment, but your sons’ names are amazing! Two of my brothers are named Alexander and Maximilian :)

penelope_lynson Says:


We sometimes call my brother Mills :)

(I know this is an old comment and former account, but I wanted to share this)

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Maxi is such a bratty nickname, in my opinion. It makes me think of that bratty yellow bully from Roary the Racing Car.

fearlessfirefly Says:


You misspelled both names.

LaulenaG Says:


I love this name! The king of "Max" names! I named a peacock Maximilian. Love.

eve Says:


magnis is stoopid maximilan is best ty

JH Says:


We did!

headintheclouds Says:


Love it. Maximilian is one of the best long boy's names out there, and it really lives up to its meaning, all grand and imposing with the ready-made appealing nickname Max for everyday. I personally prefer it as a middle name though; I like the idea of pairing this with a shorter first name for counter-balance, e.g. James Maximilian, Henry Maximilian.

EW314 Says:


Do it!

EW314 Says:


Gorgeous, refined, and substantial. I absolutely love it, and I love the most intuitive nickname Max as well.

My husband is called Maximilian and his family often call him Mill, which might be a nice, unconventional nickname option for those who want a more stand-out name.

EW314 Says:


I have the exact same issue! I ADORE Maximilian - it's an amazing name - but I had to go and marry one! And I'm really not a fan of Jr. names.

JH Says:


Really love this name. Possibly using it if we are blessed with boy #3!

indiefendi2 Says:


For a girl I'd just take of the Maxi part and make it Miliana! Maximilian is a stunning name.

Shea Says:


I agree:) we call our Maximilian. Max

Shea Says:


You should name him Maximilian then:) my 2nd son is Maximilian David:) my oldest is Alexander Brittain.. Which is my husband's name.. Brittain David!

jeanniebear Says:


I'm in love with this name. It's my hubby's name!!! I feel like giving up & giving our baby boy his name! I can't find the perfect name for him! This is perfect to me!

Guest Says:


Love the nickname Max!

Guest Says:


What a strong name! So many cool variations too like Massimo, Maxwell, Maxim, Maximus, Magnus, etc. I absolutely adore this name.