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Maxwell

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 9 0 9
1882 6 0 6
1883 10 0 10
1884 8 0 8
1885 8 0 8
1886 6 0 6
1887 7 0 7
1888 7 0 7
1889 11 0 11
1890 15 0 15
1891 7 0 7
1892 10 0 10
1893 13 0 13
1894 8 0 8
1895 13 0 13
1896 16 0 16
1897 21 0 21
1898 16 0 16
1899 12 0 12
1900 22 0 22
1901 18 0 18
1902 26 0 26
1903 17 0 17
1904 17 0 17
1905 23 0 23
1906 29 0 29
1907 22 0 22
1908 27 0 27
1909 29 0 29
1910 41 0 41
1911 49 0 49
1912 113 0 113
1913 121 0 121
1914 132 0 132
1915 176 0 176
1916 147 0 147
1917 155 8 147
1918 150 0 150
1919 134 0 134
1920 120 0 120
1921 109 0 109
1922 142 0 142
1923 124 0 124
1924 117 0 117
1925 113 0 113
1926 87 0 87
1927 103 0 103
1928 116 0 116
1929 127 0 127
1930 98 0 98
1931 84 0 84
1932 89 0 89
1933 68 0 68
1934 67 0 67
1935 75 0 75
1936 59 0 59
1937 53 0 53
1938 75 0 75
1939 68 0 68
1940 59 0 59
1941 64 0 64
1942 64 0 64
1943 66 0 66
1944 69 0 69
1945 52 0 52
1946 82 0 82
1947 66 0 66
1948 60 0 60
1949 60 0 60
1950 62 0 62
1951 64 0 64
1952 73 0 73
1953 67 0 67
1954 79 0 79
1955 90 0 90
1956 82 0 82
1957 66 0 66
1958 58 0 58
1959 83 0 83
1960 59 0 59
1961 55 0 55
1962 60 0 60
1963 64 0 64
1964 63 0 63
1965 65 0 65
1966 64 0 64
1967 57 0 57
1968 72 0 72
1969 81 0 81
1970 71 0 71
1971 58 0 58
1972 75 0 75
1973 94 0 94
1974 89 0 89
1975 103 0 103
1976 95 0 95
1977 122 0 122
1978 116 0 116
1979 151 0 151
1980 188 0 188
1981 208 0 208
1982 192 0 192
1983 222 0 222
1984 298 0 298
1985 466 0 466
1986 607 0 607
1987 1,023 8 1,015
1988 1,217 11 1,206
1989 1,406 5 1,401
1990 1,633 7 1,626
1991 1,726 5 1,721
1992 1,876 0 1,876
1993 1,789 8 1,781
1994 1,727 8 1,719
1995 1,842 5 1,837
1996 1,906 5 1,901
1997 2,317 0 2,317
1998 2,799 8 2,791
1999 3,338 0 3,338
2000 3,371 7 3,364
2001 3,190 7 3,183
2002 3,042 6 3,036
2003 3,094 8 3,086
2004 2,942 15 2,927
2005 2,809 0 2,809
2006 2,795 5 2,790
2007 2,719 6 2,713
2008 3,061 5 3,056
2009 3,078 0 3,078
2010 3,019 5 3,014
2011 3,049 0 3,049
2012 3,233 8 3,225
2013 3,658 26 3,632
2014 3,762 34 3,728
2015 3,559 40 3,519

Fun Facts about the name Maxwell

  • How many people with the first name Maxwell have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 83,686 babies born with the first name Maxwell in the United States. That's more than enough people named Maxwell to occupy the country of Andorra with an estimated population of 78,115 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Maxwell? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Maxwell first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Maxwell is Friday, July 4th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Maxwell born? The highest recorded use of the first name Maxwell was in 2014 with a total of 3,728 babies. That's a lot of babies named Maxwell!
  • Random Maxwell Factoid: According to the 2009 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Maxwell ranks 67th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Wisconsin. Imagine that, 118 babies in Wisconsin have the same name as you in 2009.
  • Weird things about the name Maxwell: Your name in reverse order is Llewxam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Waelxlm. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Maxwell? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 67,961 people with the last name Maxwell.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Maxwell? Maxwell was ranked as the 490th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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Popularity of Maxwell as a first name

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Popularity of Maxwell as a last name

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Common last names for Maxwell

  • Smith
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Williams
  • Baker
  • Anderson
  • Thomas
  • Moore
  • Thompson
  • Goldstein

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Maxwell U.S.
  White 73.22% 64.26%
  African American 20.63% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.61% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.64% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.16% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.74% 16.26%

Of Last Name Maxwell

People with the last name Maxwell are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Maxwell" mean? The list below shows the origins of Maxwell as well as things modernly associated with the name Maxwell such as celebrities named Maxwell.

English

Origin and Meaning of Maxwell

The name "Maxwell" is of English origin, and it means "From Maccus' spring". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun maxwell
A cgs unit of magnetic flux, abbreviated Mx; it is equal to the magnetic flux passing through one sqaure centimeter which is normal to a magnetic field of one gauss.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Scottish physicist whose equations unified electricity and magnetism and who recognized the electromagnetic nature of light (1831-1879)
  2. A cgs unit of magnetic flux equal to the flux perpendicular to an area of 1 square centimeter in a magnetic field of 1 gauss
  1. A Scottish habitational surname​ from Mackeswell near Melrose.
  2. A male given name, transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons With the Name Maxwell

Maxwell

Maxwell is a contemporary r&b, soul music, neo soul, quiet storm, funk, and jazz singer-songwriter and record producer. He plays Piano, Guitar, Moog synthesizer, and Vocals. He holds the title Sumthin' Sumthin'". His most notable accomplishments were from 1991 to 2002. Maxwell was given the name Gerald Maxwell Rivera on May 23rd, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York, United States.

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Maxwell "Max" Dillon

Maxwell "Max" Dillon is a comics character.

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Maxwell Lord

Maxwell Lord is a comics character.

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Max Schneider

Max Schneider is a musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2008 to present. Max was given the name Maxwell George Schneider on June 21st, 1992 in Manhattan, New York, United States.

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Maxwell Caulfield

Maxwell Caulfield is an actor. He was most prominent from 1981 to present. Maxwell was born on November 23rd, 1959 in Duffield, Derbyshire, England, UK.

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Max Roach

Max Roach was a jazz, bebop, and hard bop musician, composer, educator, civil rights activist, teacher, and activism. He plays Drum kit and Percussion instrument. His career lasted from 1944 to 2002. Max was given the name Maxwell Lemuel Roach on January 10th, 1924 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina. He breathed his last breath on August 16th, 2007.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Maxwell

James Clerk Maxwell

James Clerk Maxwell was a leading person in the fields of physics and mathematics. James was born on June 13th, 1831 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He passed away on November 5th, 1879.

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Stella Maxwell

Stella Maxwell is a noteworthy person. Stella was given the name Stella Maynes Maxwell on May 15th, 1990.

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Maxwell

Maxwell is a contemporary r&b, soul music, neo soul, quiet storm, funk, and jazz singer-songwriter and record producer. He plays Piano, Guitar, Moog synthesizer, and Vocals. He holds the title Sumthin' Sumthin'". His most notable accomplishments were from 1991 to 2002. Maxwell was given the name Gerald Maxwell Rivera on May 23rd, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York, United States.

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Robert Maxwell

Robert Maxwell was a publishing and media proprietor. He was most active from 1964 to 1970. Robert was given the name Ján Ludvík Hyman Binyamin Hoch on June 10th, 1923 in Solotvyno. He passed away on November 5th, 1991.

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John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell is an author, orator, and pastor. He has been prominent since 1979. John was born on February 20th, 1947 in Garden City, Michigan.

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Daphne Maxwell Reid

Daphne Maxwell Reid is an actress and actor. Her ongoing career started in 1979. Daphne was given the name Daphne Etta Maxwell on July 13th, 1948 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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  • Lois Maxwell
    (actress)
  • Marilyn Maxwell
    (famous human)
  • Glenn Maxwell
    (influential individual)
  • Byron Maxwell
    (football player)
  • Elsa Maxwell
    (gossip columnist)
  • Ghislaine Maxwell
    (influential somebody)
  • Tom Maxwell
    (musician)
  • Jenny Maxwell
    (film)
  • Gavin Maxwell
    (writer)
  • Lisa Maxwell
    (actress)
  • Chris Maxwell
    (soccer player)
  • Jan Maxwell
    (actress)
  • Andrew Maxwell
    (stand-up comedy)
  • Robert Dale Maxwell
    (notable individual)

What does the name Maxwell mean?

Mis for melody, the song of life.

Ais for accountable, someone to be counted on

Xis for Xanadu, your place of paradise.

Wis for warm hearted, it's you!

Eis for enthusiasm, in even the most dire circumstances

Lis for look, the way you look at life.

Lis for lofty, your ambitions are high!

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