Maxim History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Maxim family

The surname Maxim 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 Maxim family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maxim 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 Maxim History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Maxim Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Maxim family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Maxim Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Maxim family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..


Contemporary Notables of the name Maxim (post 1700) +

  • Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim (1840-1916), inventor of the Maxim Gun in 1881, the first portable, fully automatic machine gun
  • Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich (1984-2020), better known as Tesak, a Russian neo-Nazi activist, media personality
  • Maxim Tomkin (b. 1992), Russian professional ice hockey defenceman
  • Maxim Joseph St. Pierre (b. 1980), Canadian professional Major League Baseball catcher for the Detroit Tigers in the 2010 season
  • Maxim Alexander "Max" Baldry (b. 1996), English actor, best known for his role as Stepan in Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)
  • Maxim Gaudette (b. 1974), Canadian actor from Quebec
  • Maxim Boilard (b. 1978), Canadian Olympic sprint canoer
  • Maxim Biller (b. 1960), German writer
  • Maxim Lapierre (b. 1985), Canadian NHL hockey player
  • Maxim Litvinov (1876-1951), Russian politician


  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)


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