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:

    Impropriety is the soul of wit
    —Somerset Maugham (1874–1965)

    The Americans ... have invented so wide a range of pithy and hackneyed phrases that they can carry on an amusing and animated conversation without giving a moment’s reflection to what they are saying and so leave their minds free to consider the more important matters of big business and fornication.
    —W. Somerset Maugham (1874–1965)

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