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Gender: Male Meaning of Maximus: "greatest" Origin of Maximus: Latin Maximus's Popularity in 2017: #200

The name Maximus is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "greatest". Maximus is ranked #200 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Cool Boy Names From Ancient Cultures and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

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The powerful name of the powerful character played by Russell Crowe in the 2000 film Gladiator first appeared on the popularity charts that same year. Max to the max. One time considered a "too much name" name, Maximus has entered the realm of possibility.

Maximus was originally a Latin title of honor given to successful military commanders, such as Quintus Fabius Maximus, and then came to be a personal name, borne by several early saints.

In George Eliot's novel Felix Holt: The Radical, Maximus Debarry is very much an aristocrat. LeBron James used it as the middle name for his son Bryce.

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Famous People Named Maximus

Saint Maximus the Confessor, 6th century Byzantine monk, patron of babies and the dying
Saint Maximus the Greek, Greek-Russian monk and scholar
Maximus Planudes, Byzantine Greek monk and scholar
Maximus of Tyre, Greek rhetorician and philosopher
Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Malaysian politician
Marius Maximus, Roman biographer
Maximus Jack Szczerbiak (b. 2008), son of basketball player Wally Szczerbiak & Shannon Ward
Maximus Colin Ponton (b. 2012), son of trainer and TV personality Shannan Ponton
Bryce Maximus James (b. 2007), son of basketballer LeBron James
Prometheus Maximus Uygur, son of Young Turks host Cenk Uygur
Maximus Lipovetsky, son of Youtube personality Valeria Lipovetsky

Pop Culture References for the name Maximus

Maximus Decimus Meridius, main character in movie "Gladiator"
Maximus "Max," white horse in Disney movie "Tangled".
Maximus, Marvel Comics character
Maximus Cross, character in "The Masked Truth" by Kelley Armstrong

Maximus's International Variations

Maximino (Portuguese) Maxsimiano, Maximiano, Másimio, Masimiano, Máximo, Miximino, Méssimo, Máxcimo (Spanish) Massimo (Italian) Maxime (French) Makimus (Polish) Maximos (Greek) Màmus (Gaelic)


Ruanne Says:


If you're tired of the nickname Max, Moose would be pretty amazing.

Haids1987 Says:


First name Gluteus?

kertheshe Says:


Great name, would definitely name my kid this. The nickname would be 'Max', though.

ZPK Says:


I love names like that too but always considered them guilty pleasures. Maximus, Crixus, Tiberius, Cassius and Marcus are all great names. I even like Spartacus.

ZPK Says:


My favorite Max name for a boy.

indiefendi2 Says:


I love those -us names. Is it weird that I would to use Invictus ("unconquerable") for a name?!

eveyalecia Says:


Reminds me of ancient Rome. My personal favorite of the Max names.

lesliemarion Says:


I can't help it; it sounds like a dirty old playboy to me. Give me the cozy Maxwell or the artistic Maxfield any day.