Meaning and Origin of Maxwell - FamilyEducation

Meaning and Origin of: Maxwell

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Boy name origins & meanings:

  • English : Capable
  • Latin : Great
  • Scottish : Mack's well

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Family name origins & meanings:

  • Scottish : habitational name from a place near Melrose in Roxburghshire. The place name is first recorded in 1144 in the form Mackeswell ‘Mack’s spring or stream (Old English well(a))’.
  • Irish : this surname is common in Ulster, where it has sometimes been adopted as an alternative to Miskell.
  • Jewish : arbitrary adoption of the Scottish name, or Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames.

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