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.

Infographic of Maverick name meaning, which is Meaning independent one, Maverick is an American name.
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Maverick Name Popularity

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

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%
2019 58 5,729 0.4232%
2020 50 5,950 0.4675%
2021 47 6,548 0.5357%
2022 40 6,827 0.5175%

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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

Father of a multitude (of nations)



Short form of Michael



A diminutive form of Richard.



Powerful leader; peaceful ruler


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

An independent man who avoids conformity


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

Boar battle



Boar battle



Brave, strong boar



Brave, strong boar



Boar battle



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



Dairy farm of Ceadda



Power of the tribe



Of the Lord



Created Name



Peaceful ruler






Bold power



Wildly Independent



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






Famous power



Buildings near the weir


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




Bent grass meadow






Brock's town









Son of Madoc



Cloth softener



Land by the road



West town


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

Of the rowan tree



One who tames, subdues



Joined together



Small stream






Emery's son



Son of Jan; God is gracious



Son of Jack



East town



Other goddess



Son of Hudd



Wood Cutter




  1. My father’s name was Rick and he passed away in February 2023 so we chose Maverick to honor him. Also it means independent thinker which we like.

  2. My husband and I went over names so many times and when we talked about Maverick we both knew that was going to be our sweet boy’s name!

  3. I left my s.o pick out the baby name this time . & we wanted something different. Maverick is off of, of course a good movie . It also means rebel, which we like.

  4. I loved Maverick because it’s means an independent minded person who doesn’t follow the crowd. It’s also not that popular. Very masculine for our boy. We call him Mav.

  5. We chose Maverick because it was unique enough and liked the meaning of independent thinker. My husband also has an affinity for all things western and Maverick fell in line with that.

  6. It was honestly one of the names we came across and Dad and I agreed for once on a name!
    The name means independent ?

  7. I chose my son’s name because of our pregnancy journey. My husband and I had 2 miscarriages within 6 months last year the first being with twins. So I wanted a strong boys name. His middle name came to us first in a dream actual. Emmanuel (which means God’s is with us) I liked it but didn’t love it and my husband loved it. I came across Maverick and was in love! So to compromise, I felt since his middle name came to BOTH of us in a dream, the meaning behind it, our journey it only made sense to go with Maverick Emmanuel 🙂

    One thing I dislike about his name is the name Rick or Ricky lol we will not be using that for short. We call him Mavi or Mave 🙂

  8. My 5th son. This is my lil Angel baby…he was born December 25, 2016. I had Easton in January and Maverick in December of 2016. Two in one year! I must of had something to prove huh? Lol. Maverick Addikus Goins passed on October 7, 2017 @ 9 months old….due to a brain aneurysm caused by his A.V.M. I miss him so much and forever love my baby!!

  9. There is a MotoGP motorcycle rider named Maverick Vinialles from Spain and the second I saw his first name I fell in love. I think it is a cool name and you are destined for something awesome. I also loved the meaning behind it as being a feee thinker.

  10. Maverick is a biblical name meaning valiant hero. I chose it because it is a masculine and strong name that isn’t too common. Mav is our rainbow baby. He has an older brother, Drake, who went to be with Jesus 6 years ago.

  11. How – his daddy chose it because of being from his favorite movie but not Top Gun like most think, it’s from a Mel Gibson movie actually called Maverick.

    I’m indifferent about the name. I wasn’t the biggest fan of it because I had no say this go round in his name.

  12. My husband is the one who picked out the name he got it from a TV show. We talked about the same and at first I really didn’t like it but then I kept saying it and them boom I fell in love with the name maverick and now that he’s born the name fits him perfectly ?

  13. His whole name is Maverick Allen King which translates to a handsome ruler who thinks independently.

  14. We chose the name Maverick because it is unique and it has Texas roots. The meaning behind our little boys name says it all, an unorthodox or independent-minded person, we can only hope that he will think for himself and make his own choices and to March by the beat of his own drum.

  15. I actually don’t remember how we picked Maverick but I tried lots of other names while pregnant and just kept coming back to that one. I love that it’s unique and a cool name, I dislike that EVERYONE thinks we named him that because of Top Gun.

  16. We picked the name because of the meaning. We intend for our son to embody this energy in how he shows up in the world.

    We love everything about it. When people hear it they think of strength and power. That’s our intention for his character.

  17. My wife and I were just online searching though the list of male names and we agreed on Maverick, it’s such a lovely name. I’m very independent person and I really like that for my son ??

  18. I named my son Maverick in 2002. It fits him well. He definitely shines with his name. His full name is Maverick Joseph Anthony. He is very proud of his name.

  19. Well my husband really wanted a jr but i wanted my
    Son to have his own name. My husbands favorite basketball team is the Dallas Mavericks so I suggested the name Maverick. We tabled it for a while then we began to see the name everywhere. In a movie, on a building, etc. We then looked up the name and it was just so strong and powerful that it stuck. It really fits my son as well.

  20. 🙂

  21. 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.

  22. 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).

  23. 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 ???

  24. 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 ?

  25. 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.

    • We named our son maverick James ?

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

  27. 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!

    • That’s the criteria I use to pick my baby names! Something that’s not too popular, but at the same time, people won’t think, “why’d you name your kid THAT?” My first son is Elliott Michael, born Oct, 2015. Now I’m 25w pregnant with my second, also a boy, and his father and I can’t seem to come up with a name! I came across Maverick on a list and at first I wasn’t a fan, but after learning the meaning and thinking about it, I really like it! He is on the fence still, but I told him to think about it because it grows on you!

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. Just loved the name.

  31. Best name ever!

  32. 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.

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

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