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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Max

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Max in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Max:

  • Records indicate that 130,741 boys in the United States have been named Max since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2011, when 3,928 people in the U.S. were given the name Max. Those people are now 9 years old.

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      49 Positive Comments

  • "Max is a a great name, I am reminded of the character of Max Goldman from the 1993 film "Grumpy Old Men" & the 1995 sequel "Grumpier Old Men" Max Goldman was superbly played by Walter Matthau" Oct. 27, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I got a friend called Max. While now he likes to be called Harry Potter! Ha ha! But yeah max is a cool name and a great friend" Dec. 9, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am pregnant with my #3 baby and his name will be Max just Max I love this name my other kids are Lucy, Charlie and now Max!! So many people say it's a dog name but I don't care I guess my other kids are dog names too (why can't people name there dogs Poochie or snoopy ect not people names) but I love Max it's such a strong handsome name that is also cute and mischievous for a little guy too:)" Jun. 29, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im gonna have my first child in 3 months and i plan to call him MAX.. My real name is Terry but my nickname is Maxi-T, More like Maximum-Terry. So now i wanna have an original MAXimum. NOT maxwell or maximillian. Just Max (MEANING MAXIMUM TO ME)... My boy's gonna be the best(Maximum) blessing i ever had.." Feb. 24, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "We just named our new son Maxwell. We call him MaX...I absolutely love the name, it's timeless, respectable and suits at every age!" Mar. 10, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is max, just max actually. the only thing i get asked is what its short for, usually people want to know. but its a great name to have, i havent met alot of others with the name either. the only thing is on the phone/or loud situations people tend to hear matt" Feb. 23, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I absolutely love this name! One day my boyfriend and I want a son named this. But we don't know whether to name him Maxwell, just Max or Macks, or something else. What are some other names that you can say Max for short?" Dec. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Its a awsome name that i love cuz its my puppy boys name!" Dec. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "absolutely love the name Max - its a name that sounds just perfect at every age" Oct. 11, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "hi my name is max and i 4 1 think that max is an awsome name but every1 thinks that my real name is maxwell buts really just max. a lot o people don't hear the "x" in max so thy end up calling me mat" Jun. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Maxfield, Max for short. Maxfield Parrish was a favorite artist of mine and Max is just a great boy's name." May. 11, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Just named my new born son Max short for Maximilian. We love this name and he came out a big strong baby. Who else can claim they share the same name as a evil robot in Disney's "Black Hole" :)" Apr. 29, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 29 years old and my name is Max - not short for anything. I really like my name - it's unusual and unique and a lot of people like my name too - however, some people don't hear the "x" and sometimes call me "Mat"" Feb. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 4 year old is called Max, I ummmed and arrred about the name before he was born because my mum's neighbour had a dog called Max, but we stuck with it, he couldn't be anything else, the name is perfect for him. He's what a max should be, completely boyish, cute, loving but tough!!! My gorgeous Max!!" Feb. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my son is called Max, not shortened as i prefer not to have my kids names shortened. he is called maxi or maxiboy ! hes a typical boy and is the Greatest as the name suggests lol and i love it and dont know of any other Max's" Jan. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm sixteen years old and my name is Max and it's not short for anything. I love my name. What else do you want in a name? It means the greatest! I don't like that Max has become a popular name for dogs. Other than that and Maxi Pad, I cannot complain. People are gonna find a way to make fun of your name any way they can when growing up. It's better than naming your child boring Michael or something like Moonflower Gummibear." Jan. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son was born in 2006 and we named him Maxwell, but call him Max. I wanted to name him just Max, but the whole name didn't sound right with only a one syllable first name. We didn't know any Max's when he was born, but now there are a million, so it's not quite as different as we planned. Oh, well! I got it from both "Where the Wild Things Are" and the "Max & Ruby" books by Rosemary Wells." Dec. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my 6month old son Max, its such a beautiful strong name. iv always loved the name, im glad iv been able to use it for my own son." Nov. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 8-year-old is Max, short for Maxfield. Wish I'd just kept Max - short but very strong. He loves his name and the girls seem to love saying it. And he's always doing things "to the max."" Nov. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is max (short for Maxfield) and I love it! God tier name." Nov. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "hey i'm 14 years old the name is great its a leo name i think and it does mean the greatest, i guess my official name is "just Max" because thats what is on my birth certificate (everybody in the hospital asked if it was short for something) but i love it. I've gotten the odd Maxi pad here and there but it has not fazed me at all" Oct. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Max, that's my name. People think it's odd that my name is Max because i'm a girl. People always ask if my name is Maxine, but my actual name is Maxiumum (my parents came up with it before the books). i love it!" Oct. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 15 month old son's name is Max but his full name is Maxamus James. It was my husband's idea, the Maxamus part, because he's always loved that movie with the Gladiator, and I went along with it because I really liked the name Max, and knew that's what we would mostly call him anyway. I did change the spelling though from Maximus to Maxamus just to make it a little bit different. So far, it's been great, I don't know any other kids or people named Max, and neither does anyone in our family, so it was a great way to have a more original sort of name and not be too weird or off the wall. I love my Max! :-)" Aug. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am thinking about using the name Max but can't find a good middle name..any suggestions?" Aug. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Maximilian in 2007 and call him Max for short. All the daycare kids like saying his name and I call him Maximo for fun. My husband got it from Mad Max and it fits him as he is definitely "all boy"." Jun. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Maximilian James but we call him Max. Great theatrical and "European-Continental" sounding name. I have known many Maxes, and they are all out-going, friendly, fun-loving guys." May. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My nephew's name is Max and it's wonderful. My brother actually chose it from "Mad Max"; he really likes the idea of a strong, self-reliant man in the "end times". It's clever and fun because it is entirely original nowadays with a strong history (unlike "Rain" or something)." May. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Max 18 years ago. He's never complained about his name, the girls love it. Yes comments have been made like "maxi pad" but it's usually more like "to the MAX!"." Apr. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My three year old son's name is Maxwell and we call him Max. I love the name because it is unique without being weird, and I think it sounds strong yet fun. I'm hoping we can find as solid a name for our second son who is arriving soon. Any ideas?" Apr. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My new friend, Max, is 2 yrs old; I'm 65. We met as he checked out the (lit)fireplace in a favorite coffee shop - and I was reading nearby. He took immediately to me, especially when his mom called out "Max!" - and I instinctively responded, "Yes?" We both laughed, and became fast friends. It all goes with the name!" Apr. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm thinking about naming our son "Max" and can't decide if we should call him just Max or Maximus, Maximillian" Apr. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am thinking of naming my baby boy Max or Maxx. I am a little worried that it might be TOO common now a days..." Mar. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Maximillian but most of my friends just call me max, but mostly make different nicknames from it... they say dat my name is very strong and unique, i luv my name alot and i thank my parents for givin that name to me! Maximillian means greatness, i'm not great now, but i know i will be someday :)" Jan. 31, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My oldest son's name is Maxxon - he is six years old now and of course goes by Max most of the time. I loved the name since I was a little girl and my dad read my Where the ild Things Are, but thought "Max" was too short of a name by itself and didn't want something that sounded as pretentious as Maxwell or Maximilian. I lovelovelove his name and we have yet to meet another Max his age - and definitely not a Maxxon!" Nov. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son named our second son Max 15 years ago, I wasn't sure about it at first - thought it sounded like an old man. Of course, I didn't realize how cute it could be. It is perfect for him! He's a real character, so funny and very, very strong willed. I never would have picked it myself, but I'm so glad he did!" Aug. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "yeah my name is Max and the thing about it is that it sounds so much bigger then just three letters. such a strong and dominate name in our American culture, and i am always the only Max people know but the funny thing is one of my best friends is also named Max haha" Jul. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just found out today that I'm having a boy, and we're naming him Max!" Jun. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really love it. I named my 7mth. old baby boy Max, just Max. I have had people think that his name is Mack a couple of times and if they dont quite get it, my 6 year old kindly chimes in M-A-X! I chose the name because I had always loved it in the book, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and then during my pregancy I met a little boy, Max, in my sons kindergarten class and I thought it would be a cute, but strong name. Now that he is here I love it still, and think that it is the best!" Apr. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I almost named my baby boy Max, but it didn't go with the family mn we had picked out. I love the name! I plan on naming my next child Max if it's a boy. Although I'm kinda peeved that it is now a trend with celebrities. that means it will be way more popular over the next few years." Mar. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "If we have a boy, we'll most likely pick Max. Great strong name!" Mar. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am naming my boy Maximiliano. Max or Maxim could be his nickname. It is masculine and works for both, baby boy and an adult man. I love it." Mar. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Max is a nice counter against all these attempts to be special and/or exotic. And the best is, you cannot abbreviate it." Mar. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandson's name is Max, but everyone thinks it has to be a nickname for Maximillian or Maxwell." Feb. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Max. This is my son's name. People often think his name is Matt instead of Max when you say it. I know of 2 other boys named Max. It is a great strong boy name, but short & sweet." Jan. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is called Max, I love it and so does he. I wish I'd called him Maximilian though!" Oct. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My first son is named Max. I like the name alot and it came from his great-grandfather. Many times, when someone hears the name, they follow-up with, 'is it short for maxwell, maximillion, etc'. Nope, just max." Oct. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Max! Me nickname for a Max is usually Maxie. But i really haven't tried it out on a Max." Jun. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Max, it's my boyfriends name, his full name is actually Maxton not Maxwell or Maximillion" May. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Maximus we think that Max is a great name and have even nicknamed our son (Baby Max) Mark" Apr. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      18 Neutral Comments

  • "Im A Girl I Absolultley Love My Name Max its Short For Maxamillion Most People Think Its Short For Maxine But Its Not." Jul. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I names my youngest son Maximillion "Max" for short. I love the name Max however my oldest son is named Alexander and I thought Maximillion sounded better with Alexander then just "Max"" May. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my cat is called Max. I think it is a very good name for pets. Sorry guys if your name is Max and you are actually human beings." Mar. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I want to name my baby boy,who is due in July, Max.I love this name, sounds very masculin." Mar. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i am going to call my boy "max" when he arrives!!! Can't wait to meet him" Feb. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We're naming our second son (due April 2010) Max. Not short for anything, just Max. It's a good solid name that defies all trend and is timeless." Nov. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Max! It is my grandpa's name and everyone loves him so much. So I have decided to name my newborn Max after him." Oct. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I want to name my son Max. But a lot of people do not like it because they say it is a name for a dog. Is this true? Help." Apr. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our 5 year old son is called Max, he really suits it, i think its the greatest boys name around, oh it also means the greatest, LOL!" Jan. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Getting WAY too popular, just like anything these sheep here they replicate it!!!" Jan. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We are thinking of naming our first sons Max... It carries a strong sound to it and I love the name.. best thing is-it sounds like matt- which is my name and everyone has also mistaken my name for Max, which is how I came to my decision!" Oct. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Max, lol oh yeah, my name is unique. Max is the best name evaa!!" Sep. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Thirty years ago this name was mainly associated with doddery old men or middle-aged men with pipes or cigars in their mouths, and Max Miller was a well-known actor in his day (his real name was Harold Sargent Miller). However, it became cool again in the mid-Eighties, and in recent years has become a hot starbaby name - Jennifer Lopez named one of her twins Max, and Christina Aguilera chose it for her own son as well." Jun. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name of my guy-friend is Max, and it fits him perfectly. It is a fun, goofy and smart all at the same time--sort of like him. :)" Oct. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Max (born in 2005) and I love it! We live in Mexico and needed a name that fit both English and Spanish pronunciations and this worked perfectly (he is Maximiliano). I like it because it fits both a child and a grown man." Jun. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Max, And I for one love my name. I am usually the only Max a person knows. The only problem I get is that people assume my name is Matt, because they only hear the "M" "A" sound and just ASSUME Matt when I say my name. They also ask if I'm Maximillion, but I'm not, I'm Maxwell" May. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love the name naming my son Maxen and then Max for short of course" Jan. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This name is soooo cool and cute. Why do people always have to name their dogs it, thoough???" Dec. 17, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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