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What does Maxwell mean?

Maxwell Pronunciation of 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


VARIANT Maxwelle





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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 #135. (2018 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?

Popular variation forms of Maxwell (#135 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) listed in the Top 2000 are Mac (#1009), Mack (#632), Magnus (#782) and Max (#136). Usage of these forms of Maxwell was well-received among parents in 2016 (MEDIAN #568) and is almost as conventional today (#538, 11%). Max has generally been the top pick of parents, although Magnus 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.

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Anwell, Atwell, Axell, Boswell, Caddell, Caldwell, Capell, Carnell, Carswell, Carvell, Caswell, Crowell, Danell, Darnell, Darrell, Darvell, Elwell, Ewell, Farrell, Harrell, Hartwell, Harwell, Harwill (see Hartwell), Haskell, Howell, Jarell, Jarvell, Ladell, Larell, Larnell, Lowell, Macneal, Macneill, Mandel, Mandell, Manoel, Mansell, Manuel, Manuela, Manuelo, Manvel, Manvill (see Manville), Marcell, Marcello, Marcelo, Marcely, Mardel, Markel, Markell, Martel, Martell, Marvel, Marvell, Marzell, Maurell, Maxfield, Maxie, Mcdowell, Mendell, Merrell, Mikell, Morell, Mykell, Newell, Nowell, Oswell, Powell, Rancell, Randell, Ranell, Samwell, Sewell, Wadell, Wardell and Xaviell. These names tend to be less commonly used than Maxwell.

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