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Quick Facts on Maximilian

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 431
Simple meaning:
The greatest

Characteristics of Maximilian

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Maximilian

The name Maximilian comes from the Latin “Maximilianus” which is a form of “Maximus” meaning ‘greatest.’ Maximilian became a traditional name among the royal Habsburg family members in Austria-Hungary as well as the royal house of Bavaria. It is thought that Maximilian comes from the blending of two names, in homage to the classical Roman generals – Fabius Maximus and Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus. Fabius Maximus lived in the 3rd century B.C. and made a name for himself during the Second Punic War (Roman Republic vs. Carthage). He was given the nickname “Cunctator” meaning ‘delayer’ because of his “war of attrition” strategy on the Italian battlefield (known as “Fabian Tactics”). The idea was to wear down the enemy over a long period of time rather than through pitched, confrontational battles. He also prevented Hannibal’s army from receiving needed resources while preserving the strength of his own forces. The Romans found this approach rather un-heroic and Fabius Maximus was relieved of his dictatorship. Later, when the Roman army resumed the pitched battle strategy losses were severe and the “Fabian Tactics” were vindicated. Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus was a leading general of the Roman army during the Third Punic War and commanded the final siege of Carthage (present day Tunisia) in the 2nd century B.C. This resulted in the complete destruction of Rome’s long time enemy. Together, the names of these two remarkable Roman generals formed the word for ‘greatness’. Maximilian is currently the #1 male name in Austria (2010), ranked in 6th place in Germany (2011), and it is also on the Top 100 in Sweden.

Popularity of the Name Maximilian

Maximilian is not a popular name in the United States, and never really has been. It doesn’t even enter the charts until 1986 and still hasn’t gained much ground since then. Max, however, is a popular diminutive of many derivations, so from that perspective the name can be considered popular in America. Maximilian specifically connotes a sense of royalty and greatness (hence the name’s meaning). There is a very sophisticated sound to the name Maximilian that is isolated to parents who either expect greatness from their son, or else simply prefer the erudite and regal sound of the name. It’s so unapologetically pretentious you can’t help but to love it!
Popularity of the Boy Name Maximilian
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Maximilian

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Maximilian

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Maximilian

    Maximilian de Winter (Rebecca) Maximilian 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.

    Maximilian Morrel (The Count of Monte Cristo) Maximilian Morrel is the son of Monsieur Morrel in Alexandre Dumas’ 1844 adventure novel, “The Count of Monte Cristo.” Brave and honorable like his father, Maximilian becomes Edmund Dantès’s primary beneficiary. Maximilian and his love, Valentine, survive to the end of the story as two good and happy people, personally unaffected by the vices of power, wealth, and position.

  • Popular Songs on Maximilian

    Popular Songs on Maximilian

    Maximilian - We cannot find any songs featuring the name Maximilian.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Maximilian

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Maximilian

    Addie Meets Max (Joan Robins) - His name is Max , and he has a huge, noisy dog. He's already knocked into Addie with his bicycle. Addie wants him to move to the moon - forever! But Mother has asked him over for lunch. What will Addie do? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    An Indian Winter (Russell Freedman) - This is the story of an exploration made by German Prince Maximilian and young Swiss artist Karl Bodner of the Missouri River Valley in 1833. They spent the winter with the Mandan and Hidatsa people living in what now is North Dakota. An interesting portrait of a part of American history. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    “Max and Ruby" Series (Rosemary Wells) - A delightful series of books which follows the everyday adventures of sibling bunnies—curious three year old Max and bossy seven year old Ruby. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Big Max (Kin Platt) - The King of Pooka Pooka's elephant is missing, and Big Max, the world's greatest detective, is hired to find him. Where did Jumbo go, and why? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Mary Moon Is Missing (Patricia Reilly Giff) - Assisted by her cat Max and her friend Cash, Minnie tries to find Mary Moon, a valuable racing pigeon that has disappeared just before a big race. 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 barre. 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 for President (Jarret Krosoczka) - Max thinks that he would like to be class president. So does Kelly. But there can only be one president! Who will the class elect? Full of laughs and suspense, Max for President is a lively story of good sportsmanship—and a great way for kids to learn a little about elections, too! Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Max's Four Questions (Bonnie Bader) - Max is the youngest of four brothers and lives in a house with four dogs, four parakeets, and four goldfish—so all the grown-ups are usually too busy to answer his questions. That is, of course, until Passover comes along and he gets to ask the four questions. Little ones will delight in this sweet, funny story that teaches them all about Passover with this lovable main character. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    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. Kids are naturally inclined to collect things, and the idea of accumulating something intangible in this delightful homage to storytelling will intrigue them. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    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 4-7.

    The Mystery of the Missing Dog (Elizabeth Levy) - Chip the invisible boy loses Max (his invisible dog) at the local dog show. Luckily, Chip and friends Justin and Charlene make up Invisible Inc., a team of clever detectives who use their special abilities to solve mysteries. Soon they're hot on the trail of the dognapper, following leads that enable them to solve the case in time for Max to collect a blue ribbon in the show". If you enjoy this book be sure to check out the rest of the Invisible Inc. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak) - Max dons his wolf suit in pursuit of some mischief and gets sent to bed without supper. Fortunately, a forest grows in his room, allowing his wild rampage to continue unimpaired. A true classic children's book. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Where's My Dreidel? (Betty Schwartz) - Where can Max's dreidel be? As he searches his home, Max joins his family as they prepare for Hanukkah. By story's end, everyone -- including Max -- has what he needs to enjoy Hanukkah dinner. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

  • Famous People Named Maximilian

    Famous People Named Maximilian

    Famous People Named Maximilian - Maximilian I and Maximilian II (royalty); Maximilian I and Maximilian II (Holy Roman Emperors); Maximilian of Baden (Chancellor of Germany); Maximilian Schell (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Maximilian

    Children of Famous People Named Maximilian

    Famous People who Named their Son Maximilian - Archduke of Austria (royalty); Jennifer Lopez (actress/singer); Marc Anthony (singer)

  • Historic Figures

    Maximilian - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    St. Maximilian (3rd Century) - St. Maximilian refused to enter the Roman army because of his Christian beliefs and was thus beheaded – and, as a consequence, martyred. His Feast Day is March 12.

Personality of the Boy Name Maximilian

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Maximilian

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