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?