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What does Maxwell mean?

Maxwell Pronunciation of Maxwell [maxwell] as a boys' name is pronounced MAKS-wel. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Maxwell is "Mack's stream". Place name. Mack was probably based on the name Magnus (Latin) "great". See also Mac. Editor Maxwell Perskins; playwright Maxwell Anderson.

Associated with: old english, stream (river), great.


Maxwell has 1 variant: Maxwelle.

Related boy name: Max.

1 feminine form: Maxwelle.

Creative forms:
(male) Cawell, Marwell, ..

(female) Maxbel, ..

Middle name pairings:
Maxwell Chayce (M.C.), ..

How popular is Maxwell?

Maxwell is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#695 out of 1220, Top 57%) and an even more prominent last name for both adults and children (#458 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Maxwell reached its peak rank of #106 in the U.S. in 1999, and is presently at #113. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maxwell name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maxwell outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Maxwell (#113 from current records) listed in the Top 2000 are Mac (#1096 from current records), Mack (#661), Magnus (#860) and Max (#118). Usage of these forms of Maxwell was well-received among parents in 2013 (median #625) and has remained as conventional to this day (#569, 1%). Max has generally been the top pick of parents, although Maxwell appears to be gaining favor too, while Mack is now somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maxwell, Mac, Mack, Magnus, Max in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maxwell, Magnus, Max outside U.S.