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Gender: Male Meaning of Maxwell: "great stream" Origin of Maxwell: Scottish Maxwell's Popularity in 2017: #133

The name Maxwell is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "great stream". Maxwell is ranked #133 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Antique Baby Names Back in Style and discussed in our forums with posts like "Release the 20 T.I.G.E.R.S. -- the anti-elimination game! (BOYS)".

From the experts:

A happy medium between the weighty Maximilian and the laid-back Max, Maxwell is one of the most classic and attractive Baby-Names">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.

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Famous People Named Maxwell

Maxwell Davenport "Max" Taylor, U.S. general; chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Maxwell (born Gerald Maxwell Rivera), American R&B singer
(James) Maxwell Anderson, American playwright
Maxwell Perry Cotton, American actor
Maxwell Caulfield, English actor
Maxwell Huckabee, American actor
Maxwell Scott "Max" Green, American musician of band Escape the Fate
Maxwell MacAlister "Max" Brown, Australian 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 Jenkins, child actor portrays Will Robinson in "Lost In Space"

Pop Culture References for the name Maxwell

Maxwell Sheffield, character on TV's "The Nanny"
Maxwell, character in film "Across the Universe"
Maxwell "Max" Smart, main character on TV's "Get Smart"
Maxwell Lord, name of a few characters in DC Comics
Maxwell Lightwood, character in the Mortal Instruments series
Maxwell "Max" Evans, character on TV's "Roswell"
Maxwell Klinger, character on TV's "M.A.S.H."
Maxwell, character in "Camp Camp"
"Maxwell's Silver Hammer," song by The Beatles
Maxwell House coffee


Jess Says:


Just came over here to check out my son's name and saw your comment. I also named my son Maxwell James! Great choice Arevels. We too use Max and Maxwell interchangebly

Arevels Says:


My son is Maxwell James. We use Max and Maxwell equally. I really don't think it sounds pretentious at all. Maybe Maxwell is a tad formal, but I like the combination of formal and casual that comes from Maxwell and Max

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love this name, with Max for short.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


What's wrong with a name being a bit pretentious? To be honest, Maxwell is a very handsome, lovely name and it does not sound over the top. Seriously, the people calling Maxwell pompous should see Maximilian and Maxfield. They're pompous. :)

mill1020 Says:


My 31-year-old brother is a Maxwell (Max). He's as laid back as it gets. It's a great name and not pompous-sounding at all.

snowsbeloved Says:


Just keep it grounded with a more laid back middle. I know someone who paired it with Remington for a middle name and I think it's too overdone. Sounds like they're trying to be English nobility or something haha

morning_glory Says:


I think it's cool, quite 'upper-class artsy' . . . as with most names, the right personality would erase any remaining hints of pomposity should one feel that the stench clings too closely. Any reason for not choosing a name beginning with "some people think" or equivalent should be discounted because people have such widely varying perceptions of names and tbh in the end it doesn't matter (unless you really have chosen something dreadful like Airwreckah for Erica or something). I like how you get the nickname Max with a more grown-up but still wearable Maxwell as an alternative.