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What does Max mean?

Max Pronunciation of Max [max] as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' name Max) is pronounced maks. Short form of Maximilian, Maximo, or Maxwell. Writer Max Beerbohm; actor Max von Sydow.


Max has 4 variants: Maks, Maxence, Maxson and Maxx.

Affiliated boy name: Maximus.

8 more related forms via Maximilian, Maxwell: Mac, Mack, Maxey, Maxie, Maxim, Maxime, Maximo and Maxy.

1 feminine form: Maxine.

Creative forms:
(male) Mago, Mami, ..

(female) Main, Mamy, ..

Middle name pairings:
Max Clive (M.C.), ..

How popular is Max?

Max is a very popular first name for men (#255 out of 1220, Top 21%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#10037 out of 150436, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Max reached its apex position of #96 in the U.S. in the year 2011, and is at #118 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Maxwell (#113 from recent data), Maximus (#197), Maximilian (#437), Mack (#661), Maxim (#779), Maximo (#854), Mac (#1096), Maxx (#1146), Maxie and Maxson are the prominent alternative forms of Max (#118 from recent data). These relations of Max were favored as birth names in 2014 (average #863) and have remained as popular to this day (#854, 2.3%), but with the version Mack becoming somewhat dated. Max has been the most popular choice, though Maxwell is now the most fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Max, Mac, Mack, Maxie, Maxim in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maximilian, Maximo, Maximus, Maxson, Maxwell, Maxx in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Max, Maximilian, Maxwell outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Bax, Dax, Jax, Man, Mar, Marx and Mat. These names tend to be less frequently used than Max.