[ 2 syll. ma-xwel(l), max-we-ll ] The baby boy name Maxwell is pronounced as MAH-KSWehL- †. Maxwell is an English and Scottish name of Old English origin. The first name is from the Scottish family name, which is itself from a place name around the River Tweed, near Melrose in the former county of Roxburgh. In the 12th century, Maccus, the son of the Saxon lord Undewyn, obtained a title of land on the River Tweed. There was a pool on the grounds which was called 'Maccus' Wiel', and the land was subsequently named Mackeswell after this pool. Mackeswell is a combination of Maccus, a form of Makkr the Old Norse form of Magnus, and the element 'waell' (meaning pool, stream, spring, well); thus it means 'Maccus' pool'. Various spellings of the surname have been recorded, including Maccuswell, Mackisuuell, Maxwaile, Maxwale, and Maxweell. The name Maxwell was borne as a middle name by Sir William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook (1879-1964), a Canadian-born newspaper tycoon, politician, and writer; his descendants have been given his middle name as a first name.
Maxwell has 15 variant forms. Variant forms of Maxwell include Mackswel, Mackswell, Mackswil, Mackswill, Mackwelle, Maxwel, Maxwelle, Maxwil, Maxwill, Maxwille, Maxxwell, and Maxy. The short forms Max (also used in Latin) and Maxie, and the diminutive Maxx are other English variants.
Maxwell is popular as a baby boy name. The name has been growing in popularity since the 1970s. Its usage peaked modestly in 2014 with 0.183% of baby boys being given the name Maxwell. It had a ranking of #107 then. In 2018, its usage was 0.149% and its ranking #135, and it was the most popular among all boy names in its family. In 2018, Maxwell was 0.675% more regularly used than the next ranked name, Max.
Baby names that sound like Maxwell include MacCall, MacColl, Maccoll, MacElroy, Macelroy, Machael, Maciel, MacKile, MacKyle, Mackile, Mackswel, Mackswell, Mackswil, Mackswill, Mackwelle, Mackyle, MacNiall, Macniall, Maesel, and Magal.
† Pronunciation for Maxwell: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; W as in "we (W.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)"