GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: mahk-see-MEE-lee-ahn (German), mak-si-MIL-ee-ən (English), mak-si-MIL-yən (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the Roman name Maximilianus, which was derived from MAXIMUS. It was borne by a 3rd-century saint and martyr. In the 15th century the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III gave this name to his son and eventual heir. In this case it was a blend of the names of the Roman generals Fabius Maximus and Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus (see EMILIANO), who Frederick admired. It was subsequently borne by a second Holy Roman Emperor, two kings of Bavaria, and a short-lived Habsburg emperor of Mexico.
Related Names
VARIANT: Maximillian (English)
DIMINUTIVES: Max (German), Max (English), Max (Swedish), Max (Norwegian), Max (Danish)
FEMININE FORMS: Maximiliane (German), Maxine, Maxene (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Maximianus, Maximilianus, Maximinus, Maximus (Ancient Roman), Maksim, Maxim (Belarusian), Maxmilián (Czech), Maximiliaan, Max (Dutch), Maxime, Maximilien (French), Miksa (Hungarian), Massimiliano, Massimo (Italian), Maksim (Macedonian), Maksym, Maksymilian (Polish), Maximiano, Maximiliano, Maximino (Portuguese), Maksim, Maksimilian, Maxim, Maks (Russian), Maximilián (Slovak), Maximiano, Maximiliano, Maximino, Máximo (Spanish), Maksim, Maksym, Maxim (Ukrainian), Macsen, Maxen (Welsh)
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