If you think your son is the most awesome, best thing ever, name him Maximus, which is the Latin word for “greatest.” It started as a military title to honor successful commanders, then became a saint’s name (like St. Maximus, a seventh-century monk and theologian from Constantinople), and finally appealed to the masses as a first or middle name. Basketball legend LeBron James gave it to his son Bryce as a middle name in 2007. In 2000 it was the name of Russell Crowe’s character in “Gladiator,” which may explain why there were so many little boys called Maximus running around the following year.

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