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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Max Family Origin

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Max Family Occupations

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In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Max. The most common Max occupation in the USA was Farmer. 23% of Max's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Max family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

    23%
  • Laborer

    7%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Carpenter

    4%

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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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