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Max Meaning


What does Max mean?

The name Max is of Latin origin.

The meaning of Max is "nickname for names beginning with max-".

It is also of English origin, where its meaning is "the greatest".

Max is generally used as a boy's name.

It consists of 3 letters and 1 syllable and is pronounced Max.

The Given Name Max

Max is a diminutive of Maximillian. See Maximillian for further details.

Elegant and popular, it is a name considered by many parents.

A wonderfully classic name.

A chic name that will be attractive to parents.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Max 'Marty' Friedman, Max Bentley, and Max Born.

Max Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 136 in baby name popularity for boys with 2,857 occurrences. It ranked 2,938 in baby name popularity for girls with 56 occurrences.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 128 in baby name popularity for boys with 3,134 occurrences. It ranked 3,657 in baby name popularity for girls with 42 occurrences.

View the Max Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Max has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Max to other names.

Max Related Names

Max is a diminutive of Maximillian.

Famous Maxs

  • Max 'Marty' Friedman ~ Basketball Player
  • Max Bentley ~ Ice Hockey Player
  • Max Born ~ Scientist, Nobel Prize for Physics 1954
  • Max Brown ~ Actor
  • Max Carey ~ Baseball Player
  • Max Delbruck ~ Nobel Prize for Medicine 1969
  • Max Ernst ~ Artist
  • Max Gradel ~ Soccer Player
  • Max Perutz ~ Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1962
  • Max Planck ~ Scientist, Nobel Prize for Physics 1918
  • Max Schmeling ~ Boxer
  • Max Theiler ~ Nobel Prize for Medicine 1951
  • Max Verstappen ~ Driver
  • Max von Laue ~ Nobel Prize for Physics 1914
  • Max von Sydow ~ Actor

Max Numerology

What will your new littleMax be like?

It may all be in the numbers.

The numbers that make up your child's name.

Numerology may give you some insight.

Children named Max are often hearty and noteworthy but most of all they are read more >>

Max Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Max in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Max.

Just for fun, see the name Max in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Max in Nautical Flags page.