A first name that traces its provenance back to a surname, Maxwell goes back to 12th century Scotland. Meaning “Mack’s stream” or “river”, it combines the name Mack, a Scottish name originating back to the Scandinavian Magnus, and the Old English word wella meaning “pool” or “stream”. Its use as a first name is a lot more modern, its popularity has is probably owed to its strength.
Rank in the year 2015
Maxwell was ranked #192 in the most popular American names of 2015.
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