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The surname Max was 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.

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


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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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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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  • Ralph C. Max, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 7th District, 1942
  • Matthew Max, American Democrat politician, Real estate and insurance business; shoe merchant; Mayor of Ypsilanti, Michigan, 1929-34
  • Herbert J. Max, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Iowa State Senate 6th District, 1970
  • Herbert J. Max, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 12th District, 1944
  • Adolphe Max (1869-1939), Belgian politician


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  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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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.

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