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Max

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146k
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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Max mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Max

"Max" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "Greatest". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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  1. Street names for gamma hydroxybutyrate
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Borrowed from the German diminutive of Maximilian in the 19th century, later also used as a nickname for Maxwell.

  1. A male given name.

Max was also found in the following language(s): Danish, French, German, Hungarian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Max

Max Weber was a scientist in the fields of max weber, sociology, and chinese philosophy. Max was given the name Karl Emil Maximilian Weber on April 21st, 1864. He left this life on June 14th, 1920.

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Max von Sydow is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1949 to present. Max was given the name Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10th, 1929 in Lund.

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Max was born on December 4th, 1991 in Waianae, Hawaii.

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Max Martin is a pop music, dance-pop, pop rock, electropop, contemporary r&b, and europop musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1985 to present. Max was given the name Martin Karl Sandberg on February 26th, 1971 in Stockholm.

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Max Minghella is an actor. He was most prominent from 1999 to present. Max was given the name Max Giorgio Choa Minghella by his parent Anthony Minghella on September 16th, 1985 in Hampstead, London, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Max

Tucker was born on September 27th, 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

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Sam & Max is a comics character.

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Peter Max is an artist in the fields of painting and pop art. Peter was given the name Peter Max Finkelstein on October 19th, 1937 in Berlin.

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Prince Max is royalty. He holds the title Prince of Bavaria and Duke in Bavaria. Prince was born as the child of Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria, and Countess Maria Draskovich of Trakostjan on January 21st, 1937 in Munich.

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Kevin Max is a christian rock and alternative rock musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1988 to present. Kevin was given the name Kevin Max Smith on August 17th, 1967.

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Philipp Max is a soccer player for the FC Augsburg, TSV 1860 München, FC Bayern Munich, FC Schalke 04 II, FC Schalke 04, and Karlsruher SC. Philipp was born on September 30th, 1993 in Viersen.

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How popular is the baby name Max in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 52 0 52
1881 66 0 66
1882 74 0 74
1883 75 0 75
1884 80 0 80
1885 71 0 71
1886 73 0 73
1887 73 0 73
1888 118 0 118
1889 83 0 83
1890 99 0 99
1891 91 0 91
1892 95 0 95
1893 107 0 107
1894 99 0 99
1895 95 0 95
1896 145 0 145
1897 122 0 122
1898 132 0 132
1899 127 0 127
1900 141 0 141
1901 110 0 110
1902 133 0 133
1903 110 0 110
1904 134 0 134
1905 140 0 140
1906 156 0 156
1907 197 0 197
1908 218 0 218
1909 228 0 228
1910 277 0 277
1911 360 0 360
1912 739 5 734
1913 897 0 897
1914 1,165 6 1,159 #99 boy name
1915 1,434 0 1,434
1916 1,493 0 1,493
1917 1,518 7 1,511
1918 1,544 8 1,536
1919 1,470 11 1,459
1920 1,571 10 1,561
1921 1,569 12 1,557
1922 1,531 14 1,517
1923 1,455 13 1,442
1924 1,403 7 1,396
1925 1,396 10 1,386
1926 1,263 10 1,253
1927 1,241 12 1,229
1928 1,415 12 1,403
1929 1,349 13 1,336
1930 1,190 8 1,182
1931 1,191 10 1,181
1932 1,167 11 1,156
1933 1,137 12 1,125
1934 1,340 8 1,332
1935 1,293 10 1,283
1936 1,249 0 1,249
1937 1,106 0 1,106
1938 1,170 7 1,163
1939 979 0 979
1940 951 0 951
1941 931 0 931
1942 978 7 971
1943 880 5 875
1944 779 0 779
1945 808 7 801
1946 840 0 840
1947 874 5 869
1948 745 0 745
1949 763 0 763
1950 757 0 757
1951 811 6 805
1952 770 7 763
1953 730 5 725
1954 747 5 742
1955 723 0 723
1956 747 0 747
1957 746 6 740
1958 738 0 738
1959 696 6 690
1960 669 0 669
1961 649 0 649
1962 580 7 573
1963 549 0 549
1964 525 0 525
1965 428 5 423
1966 449 0 449
1967 396 0 396
1968 414 0 414
1969 377 0 377
1970 488 0 488
1971 408 0 408
1972 393 0 393
1973 434 0 434
1974 413 0 413
1975 415 0 415
1976 415 5 410
1977 403 0 403
1978 418 6 412
1979 461 0 461
1980 483 0 483
1981 502 0 502
1982 464 0 464
1983 535 5 530
1984 633 0 633
1985 768 8 760
1986 930 7 923
1987 1,456 7 1,449
1988 1,401 17 1,384
1989 1,616 11 1,605
1990 1,791 0 1,791
1991 1,839 13 1,826
1992 1,886 10 1,876
1993 1,894 9 1,885
1994 1,631 7 1,624
1995 1,577 12 1,565
1996 1,495 10 1,485
1997 1,705 7 1,698
1998 2,163 7 2,156
1999 2,298 0 2,298
2000 2,363 8 2,355
2001 2,412 9 2,403
2002 2,328 9 2,319
2003 2,459 0 2,459
2004 2,494 13 2,481
2005 2,500 7 2,493
2006 2,654 12 2,642
2007 2,887 8 2,879
2008 3,375 6 3,369
2009 3,965 10 3,955
2010 3,855 8 3,847 #98 boy name
2011 3,961 8 3,953 #96 boy name
2012 3,707 15 3,692
2013 3,534 19 3,515
2014 3,502 14 3,488
2015 3,432 23 3,409
2016 3,448 54 3,394

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Popularity of Max as a first name

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Popularity of Max as a last name

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Common last names for Max

  • Cohen
  • Miller
  • Schwartz
  • Smith
  • Goldstein
  • Brown
  • Levine
  • Katz
  • Friedman
  • Kaplan
  • Davis
  • Johnson
  • Klein
  • Greenberg
  • Shapiro
  • Weiss
  • Rosen
  • Stein
  • Rosenberg

Common first names for Max

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Max U.S.
  White 78.98% 64.26%
  African American 5.74% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.65% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.82% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.95% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.86% 16.26%

Of Last Name Max

People with the last name Max are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Max

  • How Popular is the name Max? Max is the 486th most popular name of all time. As a last name Max was the 11,388th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Max have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 145,597 babies born with the first name Max in the United States. That's more than enough people named Max to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Max? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 52 new born babies.
  • When was Max first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Max is Monday, January 13th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Max born? The highest recorded use of the first name Max was in 2009 with a total of 3,955 babies. That's a lot of babies named Max!
  • Random Max Factoid: According to the 1942 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Max ranks 95th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Iowa. Imagine that, 43 babies in Iowa have the same name as you in 1942.
  • Weird things about the name Max: Your name in reverse order is Xam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Max. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Max? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,769 people with the last name Max.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Max? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Max as their last name since less than 1 person in 106k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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