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Maxwell

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Quick Facts on Maxwell

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin, Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 108
Pronunciation:
MACKS-well
Simple meaning:
The pool of Maccus, Great

Characteristics of Maxwell

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Maxwell

Maxwell is essentially derived from two different origins. The first is the transferred use of a Scottish surname originating as a place name near the River Tweed (southeast of Edinburgh and near the English border). The land on the Tweed River was granted to a medieval Saxon lord named Maccus and contained a salmon stream that was called “Maccus’ Wael” (“wael” being the Olde English word for ‘well’ or ‘pool’). The second origin comes from the name Maccus which is derived from the Old Norse/Viking influence “Makkr” which was another form of the Latin “Magnus” meaning ‘great.’ The surname dates back to the 12th century, but the usage of Maxwell as a forename is much more modern.

Popularity of the Name Maxwell

The “great” Max names are making a triumphant return on the American popularity charts right now, and Maxwell is along for the ride. While Maxwell has been in use as a male given name for over a century, it was only bestowed very moderately before going out of style entirely by 1960s. Fast forward to the 1980s when Maxwell displays a monumental comeback and advances over 500 positions on the charts in one decade alone. What was once considered passé is now red hot, and the name has soared back into vogue. Once thought to sound overconfident, American parents now embrace the Max names of the world. Yes, my son IS great, they scream unabashedly. Today, the short version of Max is the most popular of the names, followed by Maxwell. The more erudite names of Maximus and Maximilian follow behind. We’ll have to see if the Max names persist in popularity in the coming decade, but right now, no one is shying away from this greatness.
Popularity of the Boy Name Maxwell
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Maxwell

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Maxwell

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Maxwell

    Maxwell We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Maxwell.

  • Popular Songs on Maxwell

    Popular Songs on Maxwell

    Maxwell's Silver Hammer - a song by The Beatles

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Maxwell

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Maxwell

    Maxwell and the Silly Sea Things (Kirk Shiflett) - Meet Maxwell is a young boy with a very far out imagination. Maxwell adventures will take you to far off places and never seen before imaginary creatures. Maxwell and the Silly Sea Things is the first in a series of Maxwell adventures of imaginary places and sea creatures. Story and Illustrations by Kirk Shiflett. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Maxwell Moose's Mountain Monster (Barbara deRubertis) - With an allure to alliteration, author Barbara deRubertis brings young readers an educational and humorous treat with "Animal Antics A-Z", emphasizing letter sounds throughout their stories. Readers will enjoy the rhyming sing song nature of the books, as well as the excellently complementary art style from R. W. Alley. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Maxwell Mouse (Sharon Gordon) - Just as he nears sleep, Maxwell hears some disturbing sounds. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Maxwell Saves the Day (Kay L. Schlagel) - Most of Mike and Paul's ideas started out simple enough but usually got them into a heap of trouble. Take Max for instance. It began with a coffee can, some old junk, and a lot of computer parts. How could the boys know that Max would develop a "mind" of his own? Maxwell becomes friends with a young girl. Their friendship overcomes all odds, including Max's own circuitry. The boys could never completely depend on Max following their commands, especially when it came to his little friend Chrissy. Although Max caused a lot of problems at first, it was the boys' stubborn faith in him and the miracle of friendship that saved the day. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Maxwell's Magic Mix-Up (Linda Ashman) - A funny story about an inept magician who comes to entertain a birthday party at the last minute. "Party starts. Magician enters./ Hocus pocus! What a shock!/ Stumbles through his incantation.../ Turns Louise into a rock." All the guests (and even the father) are transformed into some silly object – poor Maxwell the Magician can’t seem to fix it! Don’t miss this cute and fun story with lovely illustrations. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Maxwell's Metamorphosis (Jane Pavanel) - No one likes stirring up trouble as much as Maxwell, but Norah discovers that the consequences of his actions are greater than anyone realizes. After making promises she can't keep, Norah finds herself in hot water, with Maxwell calling the shots. But the tables are turned thanks to Norah's quick thinking and kind heart, and before long Maxwell is the class hero. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Maxwell's Mountain (Shari Becker) - Maxwell decides he wants to prove he can climb the mountain behind his house even though his parents don’t think he’s old enough. So he prepares. He physically trains on the stairs, maps out his course, readies food and medical supplies and grabs his toy soldier for companionship. Go along with Maxwell on this surprising adventure, and when he gets to the top, you’ll enjoy the view, too! This is a story about determination and triumph. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Adventures of Max and Pinky: Superheroes (Maxwell Eaton) - They battle snow monsters, save whales, and stop falling meteors - but Max hogs all the glory while Pinky mostly gets clobbered! Will the super-duo become solo-heroes? What will happen when one of them gets his head stuck in a fence? Who will save the day (and exact a little silly revenge)? All will be revealed in this thrilling tale of capes, friendship, and lemonade! Maxwell Eaton offers a sweetly zany tale that will have both kids and grown-ups laughing out loud and possibly donning a cape. This book is part of a series of more Max and Pinky adventures. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The House That Max Built (Maxwell Newhouse) - This book takes young readers through the process of building a house from each construction phase until completion. Max works with specialists in various areas and makes his choices and decisions along the way reinforcing the importance of trades and teamwork. Lovely folk-art style oil paintings give the book a warm feel. A good read for little children interesting in building things. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Maxwell

    Famous People Named Maxwell

    Famous People Named Maxwell - Maxwell (musician); Maxwell Anderson (playwright); Maxwell Caulfield (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Maxwell

    Children of Famous People Named Maxwell

    Famous People who Named their Son Maxwell - Andrew Clay (comic); Brad Garrett (actor/comic); Dustin Hoffman (actor); Lance Armstrong (cyclist); Robert Burns (poet)

  • Historic Figures

    Maxwell - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Maxwell - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Maxwell.

Personality of the Boy Name Maxwell

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Maxwell

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