Maverick Name Meaning

With his rocketing popularity and endless energy, it’s no surprise that parents can’t stop loving on Maverick. A word name pick with adventure in his veins, Maverick has taken preschool rosters by storm in recent years.

Meaning “independent,” Maverick is distinct in sound and bursting with spirit, the perfect name for a lively little one. He’s as feisty as his name suggests, always looking for some new feat to overcome whether it’s venturing through the woods or soaring on the swingset. Sports fans may also recognize the name from the Dallas Mavericks, a professional basketball team. Perhaps your little Maverick will someday grow to be an all-star athlete as well.

Maverick was the nickname of former presidential candidate and senator John McCain, an American war hero who refused early release while held as a POW per military code. In this selfless act, he would not leave before those who were captured before him. Many love this association and see McCain’s legacy as an incredible tie to the name.

His age is easy to peg with his recent popularity, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Maverick won’t age well. Word names are growing in popularity and he’ll easily fit in with Mason, Hunter, and Angel. He has a few nicknames to choose from as well like Rick and Mavi.

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Maverick Name Popularity

How popular is the name Maverick? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Maverick was the 73rd most popular boys name, representing 0.3644% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Maverick has been the 654th most popular boys name, representing 0.0158% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 0 0%
1913 0 0%
1914 0 0%
1915 0 0%
1916 0 0%
1917 0 0%
1918 0 0%
1919 0 0%
1920 0 0%
1921 0 0%
1922 0 0%
1923 0 0%
1924 0 0%
1925 0 0%
1926 0 0%
1927 0 0%
1928 0 0%
1929 0 0%
1930 0 0%
1931 0 0%
1932 0 0%
1933 0 0%
1934 0 0%
1935 0 0%
1936 0 0%
1937 0 0%
1938 0 0%
1939 0 0%
1940 0 0%
1941 0 0%
1942 0 0%
1943 0 0%
1944 0 0%
1945 0 0%
1946 0 0%
1947 0 0%
1948 0 0%
1949 0 0%
1950 0 0%
1951 0 0%
1952 0 0%
1953 0 0%
1954 0 0%
1955 0 0%
1956 0 0%
1957 1,610 5 0.0003%
1958 859 38 0.002%
1959 1,181 14 0.0007%
1960 1,169 13 0.0007%
1961 1,290 10 0.0005%
1962 0 0%
1963 0 0%
1964 0 0%
1965 0 0%
1966 0 0%
1967 0 0%
1968 0 0%
1969 0 0%
1970 0 0%
1971 0 0%
1972 0 0%
1973 0 0%
1974 0 0%
1975 0 0%
1976 0 0%
1977 0 0%
1978 0 0%
1979 0 0%
1980 0 0%
1981 0 0%
1982 0 0%
1983 0 0%
1984 0 0%
1985 0 0%
1986 1,957 6 0.0004%
1987 1,487 16 0.001%
1988 1,851 10 0.0006%
1989 1,586 18 0.0011%
1990 1,451 25 0.0015%
1991 1,231 40 0.0025%
1992 1,556 22 0.0014%
1993 1,178 48 0.0031%
1994 1,002 73 0.0048%
1995 926 91 0.006%
1996 855 110 0.0073%
1997 800 133 0.009%
1998 827 130 0.0087%
1999 834 134 0.0089%
2000 906 122 0.008%
2001 795 162 0.0108%
2002 789 166 0.0111%
2003 757 186 0.0122%
2004 789 182 0.0119%
2005 659 278 0.0182%
2006 613 345 0.022%
2007 566 416 0.0264%
2008 512 493 0.0319%
2009 549 437 0.0292%
2010 517 461 0.032%
2011 430 595 0.0418%
2012 354 829 0.0582%
2013 269 1,277 0.0897%
2014 203 1,867 0.1281%
2015 184 2,255 0.155%
2016 139 2,951 0.2047%
2017 85 4,696 0.3365%
2018 73 5,006 0.3644%

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Names Like Maverick

If you like Maverick, you’ll love these other names like Maverick.


What names are diminutives of Maverick?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Maverick sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Maverick, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Avi

Father of a multitude (of nations)

Hebrew

#865 (0.0133%)  
Mick

English

#2,853 (0.0004%)  
Rick

A diminutive form of Richard.

German

#1,670 (0.0024%)  
Ricky

Powerful leader; peaceful ruler

German

#653 (0.0235%)  

What names are variants of Maverick?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Maverick.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Mavrick

An independent man who avoids conformity

American

#1,628 (0.0025%)  

What names sound like Maverick?

If you like how Maverick sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Maverick.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Averel

Boar battle

English

Averell

Boar battle

English

Averet

Brave, strong boar

English

Averett

Brave, strong boar

English

Averil

Boar battle

English

Broderick

“The son of Roderick,” from the Welsh mab (son of) and Roderick.

Welsh

#1,446 (0.0037%)  
Chadwick

Dairy farm of Ceadda

English

#2,718 (0.0004%)  
Diedrick

Power of the tribe

German

Dominick

Of the Lord

Latin

#405 (0.0534%)  
Frederick

Peaceful ruler

German

#489 (0.0389%)  
Garrick

Spear-rule

English

#2,865 (0.0004%)  
Kendrick

Bold power

English

#407 (0.0528%)  
Laverick

Wildly Independent

American

Merrick

“A serving ruler,” from the Latin mereri (to serve) and the hypothetical root rik (ruler).

Welsh

#802 (0.0154%)  
Patrick

Nobleman

Latin

#186 (0.1533%)  
Roderick

Famous power

German

#1,202 (0.0062%)  
Warwick

Buildings near the weir

English


What names are similar to Maverick?

Find a name that’s like Maverick, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Archer

Bowman

English

#237 (0.1142%)  
Bentley

Bent grass meadow

English

#121 (0.2366%)  
Brantley

Fire

English

#193 (0.151%)  
Braxton

Brock's town

English

#130 (0.2172%)  
Hunter

Hunter

English

#57 (0.4404%)  
King

King

English

#149 (0.1871%)  
Maddox

Son of Madoc

Welsh

#140 (0.203%)  
Tucker

Cloth softener

English

#183 (0.1561%)  
Waylon

Land by the road

English

#142 (0.2013%)  
Weston

West town

English

#102 (0.2732%)  

Lists With Maverick

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Maverick.


Siblings of Maverick

Mamas with kids named Maverick also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Rowan

Of the rowan tree

Gaelic

#129 (0.2198%)  
Damon

One who tames, subdues

Greek

#421 (0.0496%)  
Levi

Joined together

Hebrew

#33 (0.6143%)  
Gracen
#2,263 (0.0015%)  
Brooke

Small stream

English

#194 (0.11%)  
Atlas

Enduring

Greek

#284 (0.0869%)  
Emerson

Emery's son

English

#282 (0.0884%)  
Jenson

Son of Jan; God is gracious

Scandinavian

#1,095 (0.0076%)  
Jaxon

Son of Jack

English

#39 (0.5605%)  
Easton

East town

English

#66 (0.3944%)  

13 Comments

  1. I Chose Maverick bc it means independent, my name is unique and I wanted something that was also unique.

    My husband wanted a short middle name so we decided on Gage again a not so common name.

  2. We was trying to find a name that started with an M. This was perfect. My husband wanted to sort of name him after his best friend whom passed away a couple years ago (Rickardo but went by Ricky).

  3. Maverick Addikus is my Christmas baby…he is my 5th son…born 11months apart from his brother…Easton born in 2016 also…two in one year!! Unfortunately…Maverick is my angel baby…he passed on 10-7-17 from a brain aneurysm ???

  4. My significant other and I had quite a few boy names but Mavericks meaning is Independent Man. It’s a hearty solid name and that seem to fit our little man. He’s just like his dad ?

  5. I found the name on a baby naming website. It was the only name my husband and I could agree on haha. We choose maverick James so he has the same initials as his dad who has been deployed since I was 14 weeks pregnant and won’t be back until the baby is 3 months old.

  6. My husband loves westerns and I love names that are different. This name seemed perfect for us.

  7. We picked Maverick randomly! We wanted something unique but not too weird. My husband and I were reading through a list of random baby names and that was the only boy one that stuck!

  8. I had three names picked out. And maverick was one of them and my oldest nephew liked the name. So my oldest nephew my son maverick. And i love the name Maverick. I wouldn’t change his name for nothing.

  9. We came up with the name Maverick from the movie Top Gun with Tom Cruise. For one it was our 18 year old sons favorite movie and the name Maverick was not really a common name.

  10. Just loved the name.

  11. Best name ever!

  12. The story goes that a rancher (last name Maverick) refused to brand his cattle, which is how the name got the meaning. My husband and I tend to be Mavericks and go against the grain; also, he was born in South Dakota.

    I love that my husband’s name (Eric) is in Maverick. I hope no one ever calls him Rick, haha.

  13. This name definitely fits my son! He came out weighing 9lbs 13oz and has such a strong personality!


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