Gender: Female Meaning of Maxine: "greatest" Origin of Maxine: Latin Maxine's Popularity in 2019: #799

Maxine Origin and Meaning

The name Maxine is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "greatest".

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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Rank in US: #799

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Famous People Named Maxine

Pop Culture References for the name Maxine

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

Maxine's International Variations

Maxime (French)


Maxine123 Says:


I love my name Maxine, I've never, in 59 years had the nickname Max or Maxi. My form teacher at high school, however, sometimes called me 'Mixed up Maxi' haha.

I know 2 other Maxine's

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Maxi reminds me of that spoiled brat from Roary the Racing Car.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Not big on nn Maxi, as it reminds me of that spoiled brat from Roary the Racing Car. If you wanna use nn Maxi, at least spell it Maxie to distinguish it from its other uses.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Beautiful name

peachysugarbuns Says:


If you love the name Maxine and don't mind Maxi, then use it! Maxine is a fun, beautiful name!

I LOVE Maxine but hate the nickname "Maxi" (it's pointless - Maxine has the same number of syllables and practically the same sound!) but, unfortunately, I feel like people would use the nickname anyway. For me, my dislike of Maxi is enough to make me reconsider Maxine altogether. Your daughter will have the power to decide which she prefers and to let people know accordingly :)

zenithstarr Says:


My niece's name is Maxine and we always call her Maxxie, it's adorbs

bmrkmr Says:


So I LOVE this adorable name but my family is concerned about the nickname Maxi (they say its reminds them of maxi pads). Any thoughts?? This is probably my number one name for a girl!

Hailey Says:


I know 1 Maxine, a woman who is now in her middle ages, and she is one of the coolest people I know. This name has nice associations for me now. :)

Michaela Says:


I'm falling in love with this name again!

headintheclouds Says:


Absolutely lovely and sassy name. Maxine strikes me as very vintage noir-glamorous and fiery+spunky. Plus Maxine has that beautiful -ine ending, which I am a huge sucker for when it comes to girl's names. It's also timeless- I can picture this on a little girl, to young professional woman and elderly lady.

ZPK Says:


I love Maxine! I wish Maxie was a more usable nickname though. Adorable. This is my daughters middle and sometimes I wish I'd used it as her first. It's well enough known, easy to pronounce, yet not used often. I'd love to meet a little Maxine.

malloree Says:


This is tied at Number 1 with Milena! Maxine! So hip, yet has a vintage, yet tough feel to it! I can see Maxine as a reporter, author, successful businesswoman, anything! I get so excited when I hear this name! If I decide not to give my future daughter a Serbian name, Maxine is #1!

Jinxgirl Says:


I don't like the sound or look of this much, it just doesn't seem very pretty or feminine. Even Maxina might look better to me.

Mushyweetbix Says:


If our baby comes out a girl Maxine is on the top of the list nice to hear an 18 year old still likes her name :) I love that it can be max or Maxie for short

lynn_wentworth Says:


Never been a fan of "Max-" names. Even with the feminine "-ine" ending, it still feels old or too tomboyish.

Guest Says:


I think this name is cute. I can't get with "Maxwell for a girl"

Guest Says:


There used to be a snarky description about this being old haha. It's never as old as Mildred. LOL

Max Dexter Says:


I LOVE being named Maxine. I'm 18 and have only ever met one other person with the same name, and it was my namesake. Every time I meet someone, they always ask about it and are always very intrigued. How this name isn't more common, I'll never know.