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Max Name Meaning

German and Dutch: from a short form of the personal name Maximilian (Latin Maximillianus, a derivative of Maximillus, diminutive of Maximus ‘greatest’), borne by a 3rd-century saint venerated particularly in the region of Passau, where he founded a church. The personal name was comparatively rare at the most productive period of surname formation; it gained popularity from the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I (born 1459), who was named by his father, Frederick III of Austria, in honor of the Roman heroes Q. Fabius Maximus and Scipio Aemilianus, as if with a combination of their names. The name is also borne by Ashkenazic Jews, presumably as an adoption of the German surname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


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Where is the Max family from?

You can see how Max families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Max family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Max families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Max families living in Ohio. This was about 50% of all the recorded Max's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Max families in 1840.
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What did your Max ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Max. 14% of Max men worked as a Salesman and 10% of Max women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Max were Manager and Clerk.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Salesman
    14%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Manager
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Waitress
    10%
  • Clerk
    8%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Max. For the veterans among your Max ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Max lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Max life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Max in 1949 was 42, and 75 in 2004.

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