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Where did the English Max family come from? What is the English Max family crest and coat of arms? When did the Max family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Max family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Maxey, Maxie, Max, Maxy, Maxse, Maxsey and others.

First found in Northampton where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Max research. Another 344 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, 1600, and 1617 are included under the topic Early Max History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Max Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Max Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Max, aged 21, landed in Virginia in 1635

Max Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mathilde Max, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1846
  • Harris Max, aged 34, arrived in Missouri in 1848
  • Meyer Max, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Louis Max, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1854
  • Henry Christian L Max, aged 29, landed in New York, NY in 1855


Max Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Michael Max a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir George Grey" in 1864

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  • Adolphe Max (1869-1939), Belgian politician


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  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Max Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Max Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 27 December 2012 at 10:49.

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