Maverick is both a surname and a given name. This name derives from the Welsh “mawr-rwyce”, composed of two elements: “mawr”, Proto-Celtic (*māros) (large, big, great, vailant) plus “rwyce”, Proto-Celtic (ar-) (Hero). In turn the name means “valiant hero”. In English the Adjective Maverick means “independence” and the first bearer in the United States was Samuel A. Maverick (1803-1870) a Texas lawyer and politician. An alternative etymology proposes the Hebrew word "maḇərīq", meaning "shiny, brilliant".