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SC asked in Arts & HumanitiesGenealogy · 1 decade ago

Origin of the last name Max?

What's the background of the last name 'Max'? German?

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Max Surname

    The German surname of MAX is from a short form of the given name MAXIMILIAN. The name was rendered in ancient documents in the Latin form MAXIMILLIANUS, meaning 'greatest'. The name was borne by a 3rd century saint venerated particularly in the region of Passau, where he founded a church. This given name was comparatively rare at the most popular period of surnames coming into being; it gained popularity from the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I (born in 1459), who was named by his father, Frederick III of Austria, in honour 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. Another spelling is MILIJANOVIC. Surnames which were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have the same meaning in many languages. The court of Charlemagne (Charles the Great, king of the Franks (742-814) was Christian and Latin speaking). The vernacular was the Frankish dialect of Old High German, and the personal names in use were Germanic and vernacular. These names were adopted in many parts of northwest Europe, particularly among the noble ruling classes. Hereditary surnames were found in Germany in the second half of the 12th century - a little later than in England and France. It was about the 16th century that they became stabilized. Another notable of the name was MAXIMILLIAN (1832-1867) the Emperor of Mexico. He accepted that title when the French emperor, Napoleon III's troops occupied the country, but encountered resistance from the deposed president Juarez. In 1866 after the French troops withdrew on the insistence of the United States, Maximillian was captured by Mexican republicans and shot. http://www.4crests.com/max-coat-of-arms.html

    Max Last name origin & 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. http://baby-names.familyeducation.com/name-meaning...

    The surname Max can be German or Dutch and is a short form of the personal name Maximiliam which ultimately derives from the Latin Maximillus meaning greatest. You would want to research your ancestors to learn their origins to be certain of the origin of your Max surname.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Max Name Meaning and History

    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(s): ancestry.com
  • 5 years ago

    Two records show members of the Max or Maxx family as Quakers in London in the 1600s. The family appears to have been concentrated around Northampton, England, although Maxes crop up in several locations.

    Members of the Max family appear to have emigrated to Ireland in the late 1600s and there was a Quaker connection there, too.

    The most notable Max was Mary, who as a 16-year-old was kidnapped and forced to marry her cousin.

    Various Maxes appear to have immigrated to England in the early 1800s, judging by "born Ireland" censuses in Victorian times.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Place of Origin Alfisi Immigrants Palermo 2

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  • 5 years ago

    Maximilian Name Meaning

  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    This is a Germanic name a shortened version of a given name of Maximilian, it means 'Great'

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