Gender: Female Meaning of Maxwell: "great stream" Origin of Maxwell: Scottish

The name Maxwell is a girl's name meaning "great stream". Maxwell and discussed in our forums with posts like "What would you name a sibling to...?".

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Maxwell may be thought of as one of the classic Scottish names for boys, but two celebrities have recently used Maxwell for their daughters - Jessica Simpson bestowed it upon her daughter, Maxwell Drew, in 2012, followed by Lindsay Sloane's daughter, also born in 2012, named Maxwell Lue. Sixty-six parents chose Maxwell for their little girls in 2017, but that's compared with over 3000 baby boys named Maxwell, so while this name is used for babies of both genders, it's not truly a unisex name.

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beachbear Says:


It's sexist to assume a name can no longer be used for boys just because it is also used by girls. Learn to share.

Ziggy2112 Says:


You can still use it for a boy.

robisonga82 Says:


This is the name my sister gave her pet pig. (Why she has a pig is beyond me.)

inmylife Says:


I'm not really a fan of this name on either gender. It makes me picture a stodgy old man who smokes cigars.

Megan_Janaya Says:


Definitely not a girls/unisex name!

stella2007 Says:


Love the name but only for a boy! Girls need to stop stealing boys names

Yessica Says:


I don't think this is too bad on a girl. I just prefer it on boys.

Ziggy2112 Says:


I don't mind this on girls, but I am slightly partial to androgynous names. Don't think this one has made it there yet.