Maugham is a surname most commonly associated with the English literary family. The name is a variant of Malham, Malgham, and Malghum. Families with the name originate from the area surrounding Malham and Kirkby Malham.

Well-known persons with this surname include:

  • Robert Ormond Maugham, English barrister and father of Somerset Maugham
    • Frederic Maugham, 1st Viscount Maugham, English statesman, the eldest son of the previous
      • Robin Maugham, English writer, the only son of the previous
    • W. Somerset Maugham, English writer, best known of the Maughams.

Famous quotes containing the word maugham:

    Common-sense appears to be only another name for the thoughtlessness of the unthinking. It is made of the prejudices of childhood, the idiosyncrasies of individual character and the opinion of the newspapers.
    —W. Somerset Maugham (1874–1966)

    Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.
    —W. Somerset Maugham (1874–1965)

    It’s very hard to be a gentleman and a writer.
    —W. Somerset Maugham (1874–1965)