Type Surname (from location)
Usage Scottish
Pronounced Pron. /ˈmæks.wɛl/  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

From a place name meaning "Mack's stream", from the name Mack, a short form of the Scandinavian name Magnus, combined with Old English wille "well, stream". A famous bearer was James Maxwell (1831-1879), a Scottish physicist who studied gases and electromagnetism.

Related Names

RootMaxwell (place name)


Entry updated January 21, 2022