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Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. ma-ksee-MEE-lyan(German)
mak-sə-MIL-yən(English)
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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.
VariantMaximillian(English)
DiminutivesMax(German) Max(English) Max(Swedish) Max(Norwegian) Max(Danish)
Feminine FormsMaximiliane(German) Maxene, Maxine(English)
Other Languages & CulturesMaximilianus(Ancient Roman) Maxmilián, Max(Czech) Maximiliaan, Max(Dutch) Maximilien(French) Miksa(Hungarian) Massimiliano(Italian) Maksymilian(Polish) Maximiliano(Portuguese) Maksimilian(Russian) Maximilián(Slovak) Maximiliano(Spanish)
Same SpellingMaximilián

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