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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Maxwell

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  • According to a user from United Kingdom, the name Maxwell is of English origin and means "Best man ever to set foot on earth".
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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
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  1. A Scottish habitational surname​ from Mackeswell near Melrose.
  2. A male given name, transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons Named 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 is a comics character.

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Maxwell Lord is a comics character.

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

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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 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 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 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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How popular is the baby name Maxwell in the U.S.?

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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 65 0 65
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 63 0 63
1951 64 0 64
1952 73 0 73
1953 66 0 66
1954 78 0 78
1955 90 0 90
1956 82 0 82
1957 66 0 66
1958 58 0 58
1959 82 0 82
1960 59 0 59
1961 54 0 54
1962 59 0 59
1963 64 0 64
1964 61 0 61
1965 65 0 65
1966 64 0 64
1967 57 0 57
1968 72 0 72
1969 82 0 82
1970 70 0 70
1971 57 0 57
1972 74 0 74
1973 94 0 94
1974 88 0 88
1975 103 0 103
1976 96 0 96
1977 122 0 122
1978 117 0 117
1979 151 0 151
1980 189 0 189
1981 210 0 210
1982 191 0 191
1983 222 0 222
1984 298 0 298
1985 466 0 466
1986 608 0 608
1987 1,023 8 1,015
1988 1,218 11 1,207
1989 1,405 5 1,400
1990 1,632 7 1,625
1991 1,728 5 1,723
1992 1,874 0 1,874
1993 1,789 8 1,781
1994 1,728 8 1,720
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 2,797 5 2,792
2007 2,719 6 2,713
2008 3,062 5 3,057
2009 3,079 0 3,079
2010 3,020 5 3,015
2011 3,052 0 3,052
2012 3,238 8 3,230
2013 3,666 26 3,640
2014 3,765 34 3,731
2015 3,585 40 3,545
2016 3,635 60 3,575
2017 3,118 66 3,052

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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

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  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Williams
  • Baker
  • Anderson
  • Thomas
  • Moore
  • Thompson
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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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Fun Facts about the name Maxwell

  • How Popular is the name Maxwell? Maxwell is the 684th most popular name of all time. As a last name Maxwell was the 490th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Maxwell have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 90,486 babies born with the first name Maxwell in the United States. That's more than enough people named Maxwell to occupy the country of Antigua and Barbuda with an estimated population of 86,295 (as of May 27, 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 3,731 babies. That's a lot of babies named Maxwell!
  • Random Maxwell Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Maxwell ranks 89th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Indiana. Imagine that, 104 babies in Indiana have the same name as you in 2016.
  • 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 Xmlweal. 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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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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