Maxim History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Maxim family

The surname Maxim 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.

Important Dates for 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 1455, 1487, 1510, 1600, and 1617 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)

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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 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
  • Maxim Maximovich Litinov (1876-1952), Russian diplomat

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