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Gender: male
Pronunciation: MAKS-well, MAX-wel, MAHKS-well, MACKS-well
Meaning: stream of Maccus, spring of Maccus, capable, great
Related Names: Mac, Mack, Magnus, Max, Maxamillian, Maxwelle, -well

Length: 7 Gender: {{#if male



Rank in 2000s: 133


Name: maxwell Origin: English,, Meaning (no case): stream of maccus, spring of maccus, capable, great

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The name Maxwell originated as a Scottish surname deriving from a location name on the Tweed River. Maxwell was a combination of “Maccus” meaning “great” and the Old English “wielh” meaning “spring” or “pool” or “wella” meaning “stream.” Hence, the surname Maxwell was utilized for people who resided at Maccus’ spring or stream.

Maccus was a Saxon lord, according to Scottish tradition, who acquired a salmon pool on the Tweed River. His descendants, who inherited the land, were the first to utilize a variation of the name Maxwell – de Maccuswel – and later became known as the Maxwell family of Dumfriesshire and Galloway.


According to the 1990 United States Census, Maxwell ranked as the 695th most popular male first name and the 404th most popular last name. In the United States, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular boys' names every decade since 1880. In the 21st century, Maxwell has ranked in the Top 150 most popular boys' names every year from 2000 (113th) through 2006 (149th).

United States Popularity of the boy's name Maxwell in the 21st Century.

  • Year: 2006 Rank:149th
  • Year: 2005 Rank:140th
  • Year: 2004 Rank:136th
  • Year: 2003 Rank:132nd
  • Year: 2002 Rank:130th
  • Year: 2001 Rank:126th
  • Year: 2000 Rank:113th

In 2007, the variant Max ranked as the ranked in the Top 30 most popular boys' names in several countries including Australia (26th), New Zealand (24th), Sweden (24th) and the Netherlands (17th). Additionally, in 2007, the name Maxim ranked as the 40th most popular boy’s name in Belgium.


  • There are towns bearing the name Maxwell in California, Iowa, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas, USA.


  • Maxwell Smart was the main character, who was a secret agent, in the television show Get Smart.
  • Maxwell House is a brand of coffee named for the Maxwell House Hotel in Tennessee, USA.
  • Maxwell Award is a yearly award presented by the Maxwell Football Club to the American football College Player of the Year.
  • Maxwell Air Force Base will be the only US Air Force Base to hold Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps summer field training encampments starting in 2008.
  • Maxwell Montes is the name of the highest elevation mountain on the planet Venus.
  • Maxwell Street in Chicago, USA, is famous for blues music.
  • Mad Max was an action movie starring Mel Gibson, which, at the time, set a profit to cost ratio record.


  • James Clerk Maxwell – Mathematician and physicist known for “Maxwell’s equations” in electromagnetism.
  • John Maxwell "J.M." Coetzee – South African author who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003.
  • James Maxwell Anderson – Playwright, poet, reporter and lyricist who won the Pulitzer Prize.



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Author: Rich Kachold

Facts about MaxwellRDF feed
Gender male  +
Length 7  +
Meaning stream of Maccus, spring of Maccus, capable, great  +
Meaningnc stream of maccus, spring of maccus, capable, great  +
Name maxwell  +
Origin English  +
Popularity 2  +
Pronunciation MAKS-well, MAX-wel, MAHKS-well, MACKS-well  +
Rank in 2000s 133  +
Related Mac  +, Mack  +, Magnus  +, Max  +, Maxamillian  +, Maxwelle  +, and -well  +
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