How popular is the baby name Maxi in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Maxi and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Maxi.
Could Maxwell become a girl name?
As of right now, it’s used almost exclusively for baby boys:
- 2010: 2,985 baby boys and 5 baby girls named Maxwell
- 2009: 3,068 baby boys (and <5 baby girls) named Maxwell
- 2008: 3,050 baby boys and 5 baby girls named Maxwell
- 2007: 2,711 baby boys and 6 baby girls named Maxwell
- 2006: 2,789 baby boys and 5 baby girls named Maxwell
- 2005: 2,809 baby boys (and <5 baby girls) named Maxwell
But I think that could change.
Several months ago, a minor celebrity named her daughter Maxwell Lue.
And rumor has it that singer Jessica Simpson is also considering Maxwell, nn Maxi, for her baby girl due in a couple of weeks.
(In fact, the rumor has gotten so much press that I think the rumor itself could influence expectant parents — regardless of what Simpson actually names her baby.)
Do you think celebrities naming their baby girls Maxwell will inspire enough non-celeb parents to follow suit that Maxwell becomes dual-gender (à la Rory, Elliot, Charlie, Avery & Peyton)?
Do you like Maxwell as a girl name, or do you prefer it on boys only?
P.S. Maxwell was originally a locational surname. It was first recorded in 12th century Scotland as Mackeswell, meaning “Mack’s spring” or “Mack’s stream.” Mack was a short form of the Scandinavian name Magnus, which comes from the Latin word for “great.”
I thought I would follow up my posts on bad meanings and unlikable names with ten baby names that have been rendered fairly unusable for modern parents, for various reasons.
- Dorcas (f) – last ranked among the top 1,000 U.S. names in 1950.
- Fairy (f) – last ranked in 1932.
- Fanny (f) – last ranked in 1939.
- Gaylord (m) – last ranked in 1956, though — who knows? — maybe those Focker movies will spark a comeback. :)
- Hortense (f) – last ranked in 1941.
- Hymen (m) – last ranked in 1913.
- Maxie/Maxi (f) – Maxie last ranked in 1962; Maxi has never ranked.
- Pansy (f) – last ranked in 1952.
- Philander (m) – has never ranked, likely because its negative connotation dates all the way back to the mid-19th century (before data was collected).
- Rube (m) – last ranked in 1907.
Did I miss any good ones? (Good as in bad, of course.)