Gender: Male Meaning of Maxwell: "great stream" Origin of Maxwell: Scottish Maxwell's Popularity in 2018: #135

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.

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Rank in US: #135

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HalloweenGirl04 Says:


I really like the name Maxwell. I love names that have cute nicknames & I love the nickname Max. Maxwell is just a really nice more formal name. I have a nephew named Maxwell Clifford

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.