Quick Facts on Maverick
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Characteristics of Maverick
Etymology & Historical Origin - Maverick
Maverick is an English vocabulary word meaning “independently minded”. Interestingly, the word was coined in the mid-1800s by the ranch neighbors of Samuel Maverick, a Texas politician and land baron who refused to brand his cattle. The name received further “Wild Wild West” cachet in 1994 thanks to the movie “Maverick” set in the American Old West starring Mel Gibson as the wisecracking gambler Bret Maverick. In 1986 we saw the release of the hugely popular film “Top Gun” starring a young Tom Cruise as the independently defiant naval pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. The word and the name “Maverick” are both distinctly American. We like to think of ourselves as mavericks: free, bold and independent – just like the unbranded cattle who roamed the property of Samuel Maverick. It has also become a popular brand name, such as the basketball team Dallas Mavericks or Madonna’s record label Maverick Records. We also can’t forget the self-described “mavericks” from the 2008 presidential race: John McCain and Sarah Palin.
Popularity of the Name Maverick
Interestingly, the name Maverick appeared on the American male naming charts for the first time (and very briefly) in the late 1950s. In 1960, the name abruptly disappeared again not to reemerge for another 30+ years in 1994. Clearly, the resurfacing of Maverick as a boy’s name was influenced by the aforementioned movie starring Mel Gibson. The name has done “okay” on the charts – nothing earth shattering. It’s only achieved pretty low-moderate levels of usage. By no means is this a commonly used name. Like Wyatt, Carson or Colton, we think of Maverick as a brawny and masculine name strongly connected with the ideals of the American Old West. The only thing we might say if you chose this name for your little baby boy: be careful what you wish for. Bold independence is a great trait; we agree. But you are making a strong statement with a name like Maverick. It is also a commonly used name for pet dogs. Apropos, Maverick is a Number One in numerology – the independent number.
Popularity of the Boy Name Maverick
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Maverick
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Maverick
Maverick We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Maverick.
Popular Songs on Maverick
Maverick - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Maverick.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Maverick
Marley & Maverick's Christmas Secret (Kari Ward) - Do you know how Santa enters your house if you don't have a chimney? Marley and Maverick saw how Santa entered their house with their own eyes. It was unbelievable! It was out of this world! It was magic! Recommended for ages 3-6.
Marley & Maverick: The Perfect Tree House (Kari Ward) - The Perfect Tree House is a book about using your imagination. The mind is a beautiful place we should all explore. I hope this book inspires you to imagine your perfect tree house. Recommended for ages 3-6.
Maverick (Kathy Harlin) - Life is different now for 12-year-old Tom. His father accepted a job as elementary school principal and he and his parents are spending the summer adjusting to a new life in a small town. Tom is lonely and makes a new friend in the homeless dog that rescues him from the river. Maverick is shunned by the townspeople who think he is responsible for a series of chicken killings and Tom is criticized for endangering the town by trying to tame the wild animal. When a four-year-old girl becomes lost in the woods, Maverick becomes the girl’s only hope of survival. Will Tom be able to find Maverick before the searchers mistake the dog for a vicious killer? Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Maverick
Famous People Named Maverick - Maverick Matt (aka Matt Bentley, wrestler); Maverick Sabre (English singer-songwriter and rapper)
Children of Famous People Named Maverick
Famous People Who Named Their Son Maverick - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Maverick.
Maverick - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Maverick - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Maverick.
Personality of the Boy Name Maverick
The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged. They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.
Variations of the Baby Name - Maverick