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What does Maccabee mean?

Maccabee Pronunciation of Maccabee [mac-cabee] as a boys' name is of Aramaic origin, and the meaning of Maccabee is "hammer". Also possibly from a Hebrew phrase meaning "Who is like unto thee among the gods, oh Lord!" This was the surname of a group of Jewish leaders who overthrew Syrian rule in the century before Christ. The Hannukah story took place during this struggle.

Associated with: surname, leaders, rule (king), story (literary).


Maccabee has 2 variants: Macabee and Makabee.

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Middle name pairings:
Maccabee Coby (M.C.), ..

How popular is Maccabee?

Maccabee is an unusual given name for men but a somewhat prominent last name for all people (#98298 out of 150436, Top 65%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Maccabee has not been listed in the Top 2000 so far. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maccabee name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maccabee outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Barnabee, Cadbee, Jaycee, Kaycee, Macadam, Macaire, Macardle, Macario, Macbride, Macbryde (see Macbride), Maccario, Maccarios (see Makarios), Maccowan (see Macgowan), Maccowen (see Macgowan), Maccoy, Maccrae (see Maccrea), Maccray, Maccrea, Mace, Maceo, Macey, Macgee, Macghee (see Magee), Macguire, Machen, Mackario (see Makarios), Mackey, Mackie, Macmahon, Macniel, Macrae, Magee, Malakie, Malcam, Manases, Marcas, Marcel, Markaine, Mccain, Mccrea, Mcgee, Mckade, Mercuree, Micael, Michael, Michale, Mychael, Rabee and Waunakee. These names tend to be more frequently used than Maccabee.

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