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Etymology & Historical Origin - Maximo
Máximo is the Spanish form of Maximus. In ancient times, Maximus was used as an Old Roman cognomen (nickname), the last element of the Roman three-part naming system (called the tria nomina): the praenomen (given name), nomen (clan name) and cognomen (nickname). Eventually the nomen and cognomen were combined and became hereditary. Maximus is the Latin word for “greatest” (not a bad nickname). Originally reserved for the aristocracy, the cognomen usually referred to a moral or physical attribute distinct to the family. Maximus is clearly an example of one of the least modest of such families. Quintus Fabius Maximus was an early bearer of the name in the 3rd century B.C. and was descended from a long line of early Roman Consuls (the highest political office of the Roman Republic). Q. Fabius Maximus is remembered in history as a war great general and one of the Republic’s Dictators during the Second Punic War (against Carthage and its leader Hannibal). Having suffered a series of defeats against Hannibal and his army, the Roman senate elected Q. Fabius Maximus a Dictator in a panic. Fabius Maximus’ strategy was to wear down Hannibal’s army through a prolonged “war of attrition” rather than execute a series of daring and heroic battles directly against the enemy. Even today the “war of attrition” military strategy is still referred to as “Fabian tactics” – tactics which were not exactly popular among the general Roman citizenry who saw this military strategy as cowardly. Although history informs us that Fabius Maximus was right on the money (even if his fellow countrymen gave him the nickname Cunctator, “the Delayer”, in a not-so-flattering way). The “great” cognomen Maximus was common in ancient Rome, but the name barely survived the Middle Ages despite the fact that several early saints bore it (naming children after saints was a common medieval naming practice). All of the “Maximus” names (including the Spanish equivalent of Máximo) have really only seen a revival in very recent years.
Popularity of the Name Maximo
Although Maximus is a 2,500 year old name (at least!), Maximo did not debut on the U.S. Top 1000 list of baby boy names until 2002. And, although he’s managed to maintain a position on the charts, Maximo is not a very common name by any means. Collectively, however, the “Max” names do pretty “great” overall. The lad-back one syllable Max is the most popular of all the “Max” names, with the surnamey sounding Maxwell on his trail. The Latin-sounding Maximus and Maximilano see respectable usage, as well. Maximilian, Maxim, Maximo, Maxton and Maxx round out the remaining options. There are a total of nine “Max” names on the charts today – that’s a lot to choose from. For Spanish-speakers, Maximilano and Máximo are the two most common.
Popularity of the Boy Name Maximo
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Maximo
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Maximo
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Popular Songs on Maximo
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Maximo
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Famous People Named Maximo
Famous People Named Maximo - Máximo González (Argentine tennis player); Maximo (Mexican wrestler); Maxïmo Park (name of a British alternative rock band); Maximo Yabes (American soldier); Máximo Gómez (Cuban military commander); Máximo Cortés (Spanish race car driver); Maximo Blanco (Venezuelan mixed martial artist); Máximo Tajes (former Uruguayan president); Maximos the Confessor (important early saint in the Orthodox tradition); Máximo Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear Pacheco (former President of Argentina)
Children of Famous People Named Maximo
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Maximo - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Boy Name Maximo
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Maximo