Max History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Max family

The surname Max was first found in Northamptonshire at Maxey, a parish, in the union and soke of Peterborough. [1] Now part of Cambridgeshire, this ancient Saxon village dates back to c. 963 when it was known as Macuseige and literally meant "island or dry ground in marsh, of a man called Maccus" from the Viking personal name. [2]

The first record of the family was found here in the original Latin form, Suein de Makesia in the Pipe Rolls of 1185. The next record of the family was found over one hundred years later in Cornwall when Nicholas de Makeseye was mentioned in 1297. [3]

Maxey Castle was a medieval fortified manor house castle built around the 1370s by William Thorpe near the village of Maxey. Only the remnants of the castle can be seen today.

Early History of the Max family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Max research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1617, 1510, 1600, 1137, 1432, 1484, 1541, 1542, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Max History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Max Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Max family (pre 1700)

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Max Ranking

In the United States, the name Max is the 11,823rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4] However, in France, the name Max is ranked the 3,785th most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [5]


United States Max migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Max Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Max, aged 21, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [6]
Max Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mathilde Max, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1846 [6]
  • Harris Max, aged 34, who arrived in Missouri in 1848 [6]
  • Meyer Max, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [6]
  • Louis Max, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1854 [6]
  • Henry Christian L Max, aged 29, who landed in New York, NY in 1855 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Max migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Max Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Michael Max a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir George Grey" in 1864

Contemporary Notables of the name Max (post 1700) +

  • Ralph C. Max, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 7th District, 1942 [7]
  • Matthew Max, American Democratic Party politician, Real estate and insurance business; shoe merchant; Mayor of Ypsilanti, Michigan, 1929-34 [7]
  • Herbert J. Max, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Iowa State Senate 6th District, 1970 [7]
  • Herbert J. Max, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 12th District, 1944 [7]
  • Adolphe Max (1869-1939), Belgian politician
  • Sigurd Max Fordham OBE RDI FREng FCIBSE Hon FRIBA (1933-2022), British designer, engineer and pioneer of sustainable design and environmentally friendly engineering, founder of building services engineering firm Max Fordham LLP
  • Sir Eardley Max Bingham QC (1927-2021), Australian politician, Deputy Premier and Opposition Leader of Tasmania, who represented the electorate of Denison for the Liberal Party in the Tasmanian House of Assembly from 1969 to 1984
  • Joseph Max Berinson (1932-2018), Australian politician, Australian Minister for the Environment in 1975, Attorney-General of Western Australia (1983-1993)
  • Keith Max Jackson (1928-2018), American sportscaster, known for his career with ABC Sports (1966–2006), awarded Jackson the Gold Medal Award in 1999 by the NFL, inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 1994
  • Valentine Max Jeffery AFSM OAM (1934-2017), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly for Brindabella in 2016


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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