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Gender: Female Meaning of Maxine: "greatest" Origin of Maxine: Latin Maxine's Popularity in 2017: #874

The name Maxine is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "greatest". Maxine is ranked #874 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Hipster British Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

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With the success of all names Max, from Max itself to Maxwell to Maxfield to Maximilian, it's just possible that Maxine could be lured away from her mah-jongg game at the clubhouse and into the nursery. She's already been chosen by hip musician Nick Hexum for his daughter, sister to Echo.

Maxine was a Top 100 name from 1915 to 1930, attached to such celebs at the time as actress Maxine Elliott and one of the singing Andrews Sisters, and now to Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Chinese-born writer Maxine Hong Kingston. Reentered the US Top 1000 after a two decade absence in 2016.

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Famous People Named Maxine

Maxine Frank Singer, American molecular biologist
Maxine Audley, British actress
Maxine Hong Kingston, American novelist
Maxine Moore Carr Waters, U.S. Congresswoman from California
Maxine Mawhinney, Northern Irish newscaster
Maxine Kumin, American poet
Maxine Peake, English actress
Maxine Margaret McKew, Australian MP
Maxine Elliott (born Jessie McDermott), American stage actress
Maxine Sullivan (born Marietta Williams), American jazz singer
Maxine Nightingale, singer
Maxine Magalona, Filipino actress
Maxine Swann, American author
Maxine Sanders, English occultist, co-founder of Alexandrian Wicca
Maxine Birley, birth name of Anglo-Irish fashion model Maxime de La Falaise
Maxine Hexum (b. 2011), daughter of American singer Nick Hexum

Pop Culture References for the name Maxine

Maxine Stephanie Blake Minniver, character on British soap "Hollyoaks"
Maxine Fortenberry, character on TV's "True Blood"
Maxine Grey, character on TV's "Judging Amy"
Maxine Joseph Chadway, character in the movie/TV series "Soul Food"
Maxine George "Max" Black, a main character on TV's "2 Broke Girls"
Maxine "Max" Hardy, character on TV's "The Following"
Maxine Denver, character on TV's "The Forgotten"
Maxine "Max" Felice Shaw, character on TV's "Living Single"
Maxine "Max" Gibson, character in DC Universe
Maxine, the spunky old lady found on Hallmark cards
Maxine "Max" Caulfield, character in "Life Is Strange"
Maxine Small , Character on TV's "Girl vs Boy"
Maxine Williams, character on Danielle Steel's novel "Rogue"
Maxine Russo, female version of Max on TV's "Wizards of Waverly Place"
Maxine Griffin, character on TV's "Quantico"
Maxine "Max" or "Madmax" Hargrove, character on TV's Stranger Things
Maxine Conway played by Socratis Otto on TV's Wentworth (Australia)

Maxina, Maxyne, Maxeen, Max, Maxna, Maxena, Maxima, Maxa, Maxene, Maxie

Maxine's International Variations

Maxime (French)