"great stream"

Maxwell Origin and Meaning

The name Maxwell is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "great stream".

A happy medium between the weighty Maximilian and the laid-back Max, Maxwell is one of the most classic and attractive Scottish names. Early influences on the name's revival include Maxwell Smart of the television show, and then movie, Get Smart, and the Beatles song about Maxwell's Silver Hammer.

Lance Armstrong chose it for his son, but there was a sharp and unexpected gender switch when both Jessica Simpson and Lindsay Sloane both chose it for their daughters. Still, in the US baby boy Maxwells outnumber baby girls 50 to 1.

# 183 in the US

Maxwell Rank in US Top 1000

# 272 on Nameberry

Maxwell Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Maxwell Popularity

Famous People Named Maxwell

  • Maxwell Davenport "Max" TaylorU.S. general; chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Maxwell (born Gerald Maxwell Rivera)American R&B singer
  • (James) Maxwell AndersonAmerican playwright
  • Maxwell Perry CottonAmerican actor
  • Maxwell CaulfieldEnglish actor
  • Maxwell HuckabeeAmerican actor
  • Maxwell Scott "Max" GreenAmerican musician of band Escape the Fate
  • Maxwell MacAlister "Max" BrownAustralian novelist and journalist
  • Maxwell Geoffrey "Max" Hoffman (b. 1984)son of actor Dustin Hoffman
  • Maxwell "Max" Reinhart (b. 1992)Canadian ice hockey player; son of hockey player Paul Reinhart
  • Maxwell Aston (b. 1991)son of singers Marcella Detroit and Lance Aston
  • Maxwell Vincent McMahon (b. 2002)son of actress Martha Byrne and Michael McMahon
  • Maxwell Ross Goldman (b. 2003)son of actress Charlotte Ross and Michael Goldman
  • Maxwell Elliot Campbell (b. 2004)son of actor Larry Joe Campbell; twin sister Madelyne Kaye
  • Maxwell Rogers (b. 2006)son of model Chloe Maxwell and rugby leaguer Mat Rogers
  • Maxwell Mark Croft (b. 2008)son of English singer and media personality Kerry Katona
  • Maxwell Edward Armstrong (b. 2009)son of former American professional cyclist Lance Armstrong
  • Maxwell Ming Hollick (b. 2010)son of actors Michael Hollick and Angela Tsai
  • Maxwell Haze Richardson (b. 2013)son of singer Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys
  • Maxwell Enosata Linus (b. 2015)son of actress Stephanie Okereke Linus
  • Maxwell Joseph Stepan (b. 2015)son of ice hockey player Derek Stepan
  • Maxwell Roland Samuel Baldoni (b.2017)son of actors Justin and Emily Baldoni
  • Maxwell Jenkinschild actor portrays Will Robinson in "Lost In Space"

Maxwell in Pop Culture

  • Maxwell Sheffieldcharacter on TV's "The Nanny"
  • Maxwellcharacter in film "Across the Universe"
  • Maxwell "Max" Smartmain character on TV's "Get Smart"
  • Maxwell Lordname of a few characters in DC Comics
  • Maxwell Lightwoodcharacter in the Mortal Instruments series
  • Maxwell "Max" Evanscharacter on TV's "Roswell"
  • Maxwell Klingercharacter on TV's "M.A.S.H."
  • Maxwellcharacter in "Camp Camp"
  • "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" song by The Beatles
  • Maxwell House coffee
  • Maxwellmain protagonist of the video game series "Scribblenauts"