Max Family History
Max Name Meaning
German Flemish and Dutch: from a short form of the personal name Maximilian (from Latin Maximillianus a derivative of Maximillus a diminutive of Maximus ‘greatest’) borne by a 3rd-century Christian 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. English: variant of Macks .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022