As I was driving to my daughter's class today, a sign I drive by often caught my attention as a name to consider. Maxon. I've never heard of a baby named this, but it sounds like so many popular names--Max! Jackson! Mason! that I wondered if someone who didn't have this name in their family tree would consider it. What do you think?
Oh, interesting! It adds another way to get the nickname Max, and it ties in with the name Jaxon. Or it could be spelled Mackson, if someone preferred the nickname Mac/Mack.
I see in 2010 there were 55 baby boys named Maxon, plus another 14 named Maxen, 9 named Maxxon, and 7 named Maxin. It looks like it appeared in the Social Security database in 1997, but hasn't really caught on yet.
I wonder why it HASN'T risen more rapidly, considering it fits so well with Max and Jaxon and Jackson? The similarity in sound to the men's magazine Maxim might help it or might hurt it (312 boys named Maxim were born in 2010). Associations with maxi pads seem like they'd be damaging, but then they should be equally damaging to all the Max names. It makes me think of "Wax on, wax off" from The Karate Kid---but that ought to be just as damaging to Jaxon and Jackson. I wondered if it might be a reluctance to branch out into rhyming names, but that didn't stop Caden/Braden/Jaden/Greydon.
Let's have a poll over to the right to see what we think of the name [poll closed; see results below], but let's also discuss in the comments section why we think it HASN'T taken off.
Poll results for "What do you think of the name Maxon?" (491 votes total):
I love it! I'd want to use it! - 5 votes (1%)
I like it! I'd want to consider it! - 26 votes (5%)
I like it for someone else's baby - 72 votes (15%)
No particular opinion - 41 votes (8%)
Slight dislike - 193 votes (39%)
Strong dislike - 154 votes (31%)