Mark Zuckerberg's baby shares a name with Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan welcomed their first child this week, a precious baby girl who is sure to be the little princess of her parents' household. The new parents announced that they'd named their little one Maxima, a regal moniker that calls to mind one of the world's most elegant royals, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands.

According to, the Latin-derived name shared by both the Dutch queen and the adorable newborn is translated to mean “the greatest” — certainly suitable for a queen consort and the heiress to Mark's Facebook empire.


Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan and baby Maxima.

Mark took to Facebook, naturally, on Tuesday (Dec. 1) to announce the joyous news of his daughter’s arrival. He wrote, “Priscilla and I are so happy to welcome our daughter Max into this world!”

On a forum one user said of the name, "Maxima ... is lovely though and reminds me of the Dutch royal family." Queen Máxima, who is originally from Argentina, is named for her paternal great-grandmother.

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands.

Baby Chan Zuckerberg will also share a nickname with Jessica Simpson's daughter Maxwell.

The new dad shared an open letter that he and his wife penned for their little one about the world they hope she grows up in.

“Your mother and I don’t yet have the words to describe the hope you give us for the future,” they wrote. “Your new life is full of promise, and we hope you will be happy and healthy so you can explore it fully. You’ve already given us a reason to reflect on the world we hope you live in.”

They added, “Like all parents, we want you to grow up in a world better than ours today.”

Last month Mark shared this cute photo of the couple's dog on Facebook, saying, “Here's a photo of Beast with our baby seat. I think he knows something’s up.”

He also told his followers that he planned to take two months of paternity leave.


The couple's dog Beast is making room for baby.

Surely feeling moved by baby Max’s arrival, the first-time parents pledged to donate much of their fortune to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, “to join people across the world to advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation.” They said, “We will give 99 per cent of our Facebook shares — currently about $45 billion — during our lives to join many others in improving this world for the next generation.”

Mark and Priscilla wrapped the letter writing, “We love you and feel a great responsibility to leave the world a better place for you and all children. We wish you a life filled with the same love, hope and joy you give us. We can’t wait to see what you bring to this world.”

Mark, 31, is currently the seventh richest person in the world, according to the Forbes List of World Billionaires. His net worth is estimated at $46.8 billion.

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