name meaning: Maccabee \m(a)-cca-bee, mac-cabee\ as a boy's name is of Aramaic origin, and the meaning of Maccabee is "hammer". Also possibly from a Hebrew phrase meaning "Who is like unto thee among the gods, oh Lord!" This was the surname of a group of Jewish leaders who overthrew Syrian rule in the century before Christ. The Hannukah story took place during this struggle.
Maccabee has 2 variant forms: Macabee and Makabee.