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Quick Facts on Max

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 111
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Max

  • Cooperative
  • Considerate
  • Compassionate
  • Nurturing
  • Sensitive
  • Patient
  • Loving
  • Kind
  • Gracious
  • Balanced

Etymology & Historical Origin - Max

Max is the short form of Maximus, Maximo, Maxim, Maximilian or Maxwell. It is also sometimes used as a pet form of the female name Maxine. Almost all Max names are derived from the Latin “Maximus” which means ‘greatest’ and was mainly used as the cognomen (the third name) for aristocratic old Roman families. Max has long been an independently given name in its own right for well over a century among English-speaking nations and elsewhere. Today, the name Max is quite common throughout the British Isles as well as Australia, Canada and the United States. Max is also a favorite among some of the Scandinavian countries, in particularly the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.

Popularity of the Name Max

Max has had a constant presence on the U.S. popularity charts since the government began tracking naming trends in 1880. In fact, today, the simple name “Max” is the most common of all the Max names (followed by Maxwell, Maximus and Maximilian). It’s not surprising that American parents prefer the uncomplicated Max to his more fanciful brothers. There’s no two ways about it – Max is a cute name. While Max has always enjoyed consistent usage in the United States, it is experiencing the same levels of success today that it enjoyed in the early 1900s. There are a couple of caveats to this name. One, it’s sometimes considered overused; and two, it’s a common name for dogs (like Bailey, Daisy, Riley and Marley, for instance). Max is the name of the Grinch’s dog in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and it’s also the name of George Clooney’s pet pig! Regardless, Max is a longtime favorite in America for little boys. Indeed, it’s among the “greatest” of names!
Popularity of the Boy Name Max
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Max

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Max

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Max

    Max (Where the Wild Things Are) Max is the little “bad boy” of Maurice Sendak’s classic 1963 children’s story, which he also illustrated, Where the Wild Things Are. Young Max, being punished for his mischief, is sent to bed without dinner. Once in his room, aided by his extravagant imagination, Max is taken on a wild journey to where the wild things are – right there in his room. And Max is one of the wildest of them all! So he becomes King of the Wild Things. Nonetheless, our young hero soon finds himself missing home and family, and he makes his way back to the comforts of the hearth, including a good, hot supper. There is room in our world for both the dark and the light, but at the end of the day, there’s no place like home, as a good witch once said to a little girl from Kansas.

    Max Demian (Demian) Max Demian is a major character of the book “Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair’s Youth”, written by Hermann Hesse and first published in 1919. Young Emil struggles with the opposing forces of good and evil as he grows from young innocence to mature adulthood, and Max, his charismatic older friend, is there to spur him on, pointing up the different points of view available in any worldly experience and challenging Emil to find his “world of light” in unlikely places. Max guides Emil to the realization of the power of individualism in a world of unquestioning conformity. All of this plays out on the eve of World War I, after which the old world dies, and things will never be the same again. Max has understood this; so, too, will Emil.

    Maximilian “Max” de Winter (Rebecca) Max is the husband in Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier’s extremely popular 1938 novel. It was later made into an equally popular Hitchcock film, with Laurence Olivier, in 1940. Max is a handsome, rich and sophisticated English landowner and widower, who marries the second Mrs. De Winter after a whirlwind courtship in Europe. She arrives at her new estate with her new husband only to find herself the object of scorn and contempt from Mrs. Danvers, the housekeeper, who revered the late Rebecca, the first Mrs. De Winter. Max harbors secrets he does not divulge to our young heroine, who becomes increasingly distressed and depressed over her inability to live up to the glorious reputation of the first Mrs. Max. All of this has dire consequences, naturally, and the family skeletons are finally revealed just short of absolute disaster for all. Great fun, of its time, and even in today’s feminist world, one might just find the brooding Max de Winter as fascinating as did his meek little bride.

  • Popular Songs on Max

    Popular Songs on Max

    Max - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Max.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Max

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Max

    Art & Max (David Wiesner) - With eye-popping illustrations, three-time Caldecott medalist David Wiesner takes readers on a stunning journey through the art world. Art & Max is the story of two artists: Art, a collared lizard who is studiously painting a portrait when we first meet him, and Max, who has just picked up paints and brushes and is ready to go. What follows is a magical journey of explosive color--brilliantly highlighted by the desert background--where acrylic paints, watercolor, and line drawings, are deconstructed and re-invented, and Art undergoes a Jackson Pollack-like transformation. Combining minimal text with remarkable images, this is a book to be cherished and poured over, inspiring the artist in all of us. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Big Max (Kin Platt) - "The world's greatest detective" follows the clues that lead to the King of Pooka Pooka's missing prize elephant. "The character of Big Max, a kind of miniature Sherlock Holmes, is well drawn in both words and pictures." Also by Kin Platt: Big Max and the Mystery of the Missing Giraffe. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Max (Bob Graham) - What's a family of superheroes to do when their progeny is slow to develop his flying skills? Graham introduces just this dilemma in his sweetly silly picture book about discovering one's specialness. Caped crime fighters Captain Lightning and Madam Thunderbolt can't wait for their young son Max to accompany them on their daring, do-good missions. But although he wears his tights, mask and cape well, Max hasn't mastered the superhero flight patterns. Enthusiastic coaching and coaxing from his parents and grandparents don't help. Neither does teasing from the kids at school ("Why don't you do tough things like your mom and dad?"). But when a helpless baby bird needs rescuing, Max's superhero genes suddenly kick into gear. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Max (Rachel Isadora) - Max is a crack baseball player. Saturday mornings he walks with his sister, Lisa, to her dancing school on his way to the park for his weekly game. One morning Max is early, and Lisa's teacher invites him to join the class. Max stretches at the bar. He struggles for a split. And before he knows it, he's having fun! Young ballplayers and ballet dancers will share Max's delight when he discovers that dance class is a great way to warm up for a home run. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Max the Minnow Picture Book (William Boniface) - This irresistible Eyeball Animation book takes us deep below the sea for a fish-eyed view of the ocean unlike any seen before. A wild pair of eyeballs built into this high quality hardcover picture book bounce up and down and all around like a dinghy in rough waters. A glossary of the diverse sea life showcased throughout the story makes it a great teaching tool, as well! William Boniface relays the tale of Max the Minnow in charming and witty verse that is as much of a treat for adults to read as for children to hear. Through his bold and colorful style, Don Sullivan's wildly humorous illustrations bring the underwater world of Max and his friends to vivid life. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Max's Words (Kate Banks) - Max's brother Benjamin collects stamps; his brother Karl collect coins. Max wants to collect something too; he decides to collect words. He begins with small, familiar ones--ate, who, big--which he cuts out of magazines and newspapers. Then he finds longer ones--alligator, baseball. He collects words of things he likes to eat, words that describe colors, and strange words that he finds in the dictionary. When his collection grows too big for his desk, he spreads his words on the floor. Lured by the creative power of words, his brothers rearrange, change, and move the words to create a story. Also by Kate Banks, check of “Max’s Dragon” and “Max’s Castle”. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Mighty Max (Harriet Ziefert) - Clear, childlike, crayon pictures capture a small boy’s heroic fantasies in this picture book. Daddy is worried that Max will hurt himself when he is on the jungle gym or the rock pile, playing Superman and King Kong, or vrooming on a bike like Evel Knievel. Then Max tells Daddy that he has given up other heroic role models in order to become his own superhero: Mighty Max. The pictures show small Max in the thrilling adventures, and preschoolers will recognize their own imaginative play, as well as the adult protection that allows Max to fly but never fall. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Peekaboo: Baby Max and Ruby (Rosemary Wells) - Rosemary Wells has written a delightful series of books about baby Max and his sister Ruby. The popular bunny siblings now appear in a brand-new board book series - but as their baby selves. Baby Max is mischievous as ever while he plays peekaboo. With lift-the-flaps novelty elements as well as eye-catching accents of foil or glitter, this irresistible board book will introduce the very youngest readers to the beloved bunny pair, who star in their own show on Nick Jr. and Noggin. Check out the scores of other Max & Ruby books by Wells, including Goodnight Max, Max Cleans Up, and Max & Ruby’s Bedtime Book. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

    Royal Mice (Loretta Krupinski) - When mice overrun the castle, the queen summons Max the Magnificent, the largest cat in the kingdom, to get rid of them all. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak) - Where the Wild Things Are is one of those truly rare books that can be enjoyed equally by a child and a grown-up. If you disagree, then it's been too long since you've attended a wild rumpus. Max dons his wolf suit in pursuit of some mischief and gets sent to bed without supper. Fortuitously, a forest grows in his room, allowing his wild rampage to continue unimpaired. Sendak's color illustrations (perhaps his finest) are beautiful, and each turn of the page brings the discovery of a new wonder. The book tells the story of Max, who one evening plays around his home making "mischief" in a wolf costume. As punishment, his mother sends him to bed without supper. In his room, a mysterious, wild forest and sea grows out of his imagination, and Max sails to the land of the Wild Things. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Max

    Famous People Named Max

    Famous People Named Max - Max von Sydow (Swedish actor); Max Bentley (hockey player); Max Born (Nobel Prize Winner, physics); Max Carey (baseball player); Max Delbrück (Nobel Prize Winner, medicine); Max Von Laue (Nobel Prize Winner, physics); Max Ferdinand Perutz (Nobel Prize Winner, chemistry); Max Planck (Nobel Prize Winner, physics); Max Theiler (Nobel Prize Winner, medicine 1951); Max Weber (German sociologist); Max Fleischer (cartoonist); Max Baer (boxer); Max Cavalera (Brazilian singer/guitarist); Max Chilton (racecar driver)

  • Children of Famous People Named Max

    Children of Famous People Named Max

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Max - Amy Irving (actress); Carl Bernstein (journalist); Christina Aguilera (singer); Cynthia Nixon (actress); Henry Winkler (actor); Jennifer Lopez (actress/singer); Joan Lunden (TV personality); John Landis (director); Jon Favreau (actor); Kenny G (singer); Lance Armstrong (cyclist); Marc Anthony (musician); Marc Cohn (musician); Mark McGwire (baseball player); Nora Ephron (writer); Theresa Russell (actress); Steven Spielberg (director)

  • Historic Figures

    Max - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Max - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Max.

Personality of the Boy Name Max

The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.

Variations of the Baby Name - Max

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