Maxwell - boys name

Maxwell name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 97%

Maxwell name meaning:

The name Maxwell is of Scottish origin and has two possible meanings. The first interpretation is derived from the Gaelic name "Mac's Mhaol", which means "son of the tonsured one" or "son of the bald one". This refers to a person who has taken religious vows and has their head shaved. The second meaning of Maxwell is linked to the Old English word "mæxle", which translates to "mackled" or "broken". This refers to a type of decorative pattern characterized by interlaced or interwoven lines.

Maxwell is a strong and classic name with a rich history. It carries an air of sophistication and intelligence, making it popular among parents who seek a traditional yet distinctive name for their sons. People with the name Maxwell are often described as confident and ambitious. They possess leadership qualities and are known for their analytical thinking and problem-solving abilities. Overall, the name Maxwell exudes strength, intellectual prowess, and a sense of elegance, making it an excellent choice for parents looking for a timeless and meaningful name for their baby boy.

Origin: English

From the great well.


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Overall UK ranking: 163 out of 4789

325 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (244)

Historical popularity of Maxwell

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