The Emergence of Maxx

Norman and Maxx

The baby name Maxx — which briefly reached the boys’ top 1,000 about a decade ago — first appeared in the SSA data back in 1980. In fact, it was a rare dual-gender debut:

  • 1982: unlisted
  • 1981: 7 baby boys named Maxx
  • 1980: 5 baby girls and 8 baby boys named Maxx
  • 1979: unlisted
  • 1978: unlisted

What boosted it into the data that year?

A short-lived sitcom called Me and Maxx, which lasted just 10 episodes (March to July, 1980). One of the main characters was an 11-year-old girl named Maxx (played by Melissa Michaelsen). The other main character was Maxx’s father, Norman, “who trie[d] to balance the responsibility of fatherhood with his romantic adventures.”

Maxx’s character was inspired by and named after Maxx Komack, the real-life daughter of the show’s creator, James Komack.

What do you think of the double-X name Maxx — do you like it more or less than the single-X version, Max?

Source: Me and Maxx – Wikipedia, Me and Max – TV Guide

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