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Max - Maxim or Maximilian

(32 Posts)
Kalina1 Thu 09-Feb-17 14:03:22

Hi all - we have chosen the name Max for our baby boy, but this has always sounded to me like a name that is short for something else. I wanted to ask your views on Maxim and Maximilian as full names. We are Eastern European so Maxim is the usual name we would go to...what bothers me about it is that there is the men's magazine with naked women "Maxim" that is very popular in the US (I used to live there). Do any of you associate it with that at all? If that's what comes to people's minds, I would go with Maximilian. Maximilian sounds like a mouthful, but I don't want to name my son after a nude magazine!

NoCapes Thu 09-Feb-17 14:03:58


Pipilangstrumpf Thu 09-Feb-17 14:33:42

I prefer Maximilian

Ilovecaindingle Thu 09-Feb-17 14:34:16


mrscrocopop Thu 09-Feb-17 14:51:30

Not Maxim! That's a name of a dirty lads mag!
Love Maximus

RedSauce Thu 09-Feb-17 15:02:04

Maxim is the name of the gross magazine to me too. Definitely not that.

Maximilian is good. I had a close friend at school with the name (was always Max to everyone but his parents anyway).

Footle Thu 09-Feb-17 15:04:18

Congratulations on your little boy. Max short for Maximilian is great. Enjoy him!

AutumnalLeaves38 Thu 09-Feb-17 15:14:57

I vote Maxim. International, classy and a bit different.

I do know of the magazine, but it simply didn't cross my mind on reading your thread title, I promise!

Until 2010, Australia had the men's mag "Ralph" interesting to hear from any Aussie MNers as to whether it affected their choice of baby name?

AutumnalLeaves38 Thu 09-Feb-17 15:15:58

And many congratulations flowers

Irunforcakeandfizz Thu 09-Feb-17 15:18:18

My Max is official Maximilian, so I'm biased towards that. smile

Kalina1 Thu 09-Feb-17 15:23:37

Thanks everyone! I also lead towards Maximilian, I just have to convince the father to go with the longer version as he is keen to just call him Max. Wish me luck smile

Kalina1 Thu 09-Feb-17 15:24:57

*lean not lead!

Jooni Thu 09-Feb-17 16:52:06

Love both, don't know which I'd pick but I don't think the magazine should stop you using Maxim if you like it. Both such fabulous names!

JayzuzMaryJoseph Thu 09-Feb-17 16:53:18

Maxim sounds quite classy and vaguely Russian.

Maximillian = super poncey.

NameChange30 Thu 09-Feb-17 16:56:09

I love the name Maxim and it doesn't make me think of the magazine.

In France it's spelt Maxime, so you could use that if you want it to be different from the magazine, but as you're Eastern European I think you should stick with that spelling.

Much prefer Maxim(e) to Maximilian or Maxwell. But whichever you choose he will be Max anyway!

MiniMaxi Thu 09-Feb-17 16:57:06

We have a Max short for Maximilian so I'm biased! (for the same reasons as you we wanted a long version of his name on his bc but we call him Max)

I like Maxim and Maximus too - and Massimo but thought it would be a bit silly as we aren't Italian grin

If Maxim is your preference, don't let the mag stop you! Esp if you are Eastern European, as it'll make total sense that's what you chose.

Manijo Thu 09-Feb-17 17:15:45

We have a Max and it is just that. Could not see the point of giving him a longer name if he was always just going to be called Max

Ordinarily Thu 09-Feb-17 17:25:09

I like Maximus and Maximilian, then Maxwell (but makes me think of coffee!)

Max on its own is nicer than Maxim.

lalaloopyhead Thu 09-Feb-17 17:26:14

i know 3 Max's (of varying age) and they are all just Max. I don't see the point of having lengthening a name to something you aren't going to use.

Hatemylifenow Thu 09-Feb-17 17:32:16

I have a Max. Just Max, all the long versions sound poncey to me and I knew we'd never use them.

SleepFreeZone Thu 09-Feb-17 17:33:34

Oooh I like Maxime 👍

Artandco Thu 09-Feb-17 17:38:47

Maksim (if Eastern European maybe)

cauliwobbles Thu 09-Feb-17 17:47:25

I have a Maximilian and he loves his name, all his friends think it's pretty cool too.

Maxim is a smutty mag.

EssentialHummus Thu 09-Feb-17 18:01:15

Maximilian is good. Russian DH here and this was on our list.

Chamonix1 Thu 09-Feb-17 18:07:24

Maxwell smile

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