If you think baby is the most awesome, best thing ever, the masculine name Maximus is an excellent choice. The Latin word for “greatest,” Maximus started as a military title to honor successful commanders. It soon became a popular saint’s name and was borne by figures such as St. Maximus, a seventh-century monk and theologian from Constantinople. Eventually, this mighty title appealed to the masses as a first or middle name. In 2000 it was the name of Russell Crowe’s character in Gladiator, which may explain why there were so many tots called Maximus running around the following year.
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