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Etymology & Historical Origin - Maximus
Maximus started out as a Roman cognomen in ancient times and is the Latin word for ‘greatest’. The cognomen was the third name given to men and the last element of the full Roman name (the tria nomina as it was called). Originally reserved for the aristocracy, the cognomen usually referred to a moral or physical attribute distinct to the family. Maximus is 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 from a long line of early Roman Consuls (the highest political office of the Roman Republic). Q. Fabius Maximus was notable for his dictatorship during the Second Punic War against Carthage and Hannibal. Having recently suffered a massive defeat, the senate elected a dictator in a panic. Fabius Maximus’ strategy was to wear down Hannibal’s army through a prolonged war of attrition rather than heroic battles, a strategy that is still referred to as “Fabian tactics” today. Maximus was a popular name in Antiquity but less so in the Middle Ages. Its use as a given name in the English-speaking world is recent.
Popularity of the Name Maximus
The name Maximus first debuted on the U.S. popularity charts in 2000. Not coincidentally, that was the same year a historical epic film called “Gladiator” was released to high box-office receipts. In the movie, which focuses on ancient Roman times, General Maximus Decimus Meridius (played by Russell Crowe), is the heroic and morally upstanding protagonist. Obviously, this character had an immediate impact on future American parents, because the ancient name Maximus jumped onto the U.S. charts for the first time ever. By the next year (2002), Maximus advanced another 539 positions and landed in 311th place, giving this old name relatively moderate usage. Since then, Maximus has more or less remained at this level. Maximus is currently the 3rd most popular “Max” name on the charts, after Max and Maxwell. Maximus (like Maximilian) is probably the most fancy of these “greatest” of names.
Popularity of the Boy Name Maximus
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Maximus
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Maximus
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Popular Songs on Maximus
Maximus - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Maximus.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Maximus
Adventures of Maximus Mouse (Brian Ogden) - A color illustrated gift book suitable for younger readers, containing four stories previously published separately: "Maximus and the Lettuce Thieves", "Maximus goes on Holiday", "Maximus has a Bad Day", "Maximus and the Television". Recommended for ages 4-8.
Magnus Maximus, A Marvelous Measurer (Kathleen T. Pelley) - Magnus Maximus measures and counts everything from houses to people to spots on dogs and even the stinkiest socks. When his self-designed job leads him to measure an escaped circus lion, resulting in his saving the town, the people honor him with a statue. (Even the queen came!) The elderly man then takes his measuring to a new level. He works so hard that he falls asleep before he can count his blessings. It's not until he steps on his glasses that he takes a break and discovers some of the simple pleasures in life. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Maximus the Monster Roars No! (Dorothea DePrisco) - A touch-and-feel book. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.
Maximus's School for Super Villains (Tracey West) - Supreme Overlord Maximus I.Q. is fed up with incompetent villains. So he’s taking matters into his own hands by starting Maximus’s School for Super Villains. But Maximus’s ulterior motive is even more evil—he wants to train his very own army! Betty and her crew must thwart his dastardly plans, but in order to stop him they’ll have to disguise themselves as students! Will Betty be able to keep up with Maximus’s evil curriculum? Don’t miss the action and hilarity in this original story featuring Atomic Betty and all the usual suspects. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Famous People Named Maximus
Famous People Named Maximus - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Maximus.
Children of Famous People Named Maximus
Famous People Who Named Their Son Maximus - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Maximus.
Personality of the Boy Name Maximus
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 - Maximus