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The MAXWELL surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 65,779 458 0.024 244
United States (1880 census) 18,315 291 0.037 366
Change since 1880 +47464 -167 -0.013 -122
Other Countries
Australia 3,642 404 0.022 223
United Kingdom 11,790 499 0.026 257
Top States for MAXWELL by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 5,476 445 0.026 263
California 5,123 625 0.015 151
Florida 4,508 409 0.028 282
Georgia 3,242 302 0.040 396
Ohio 3,010 389 0.027 265
Top States for MAXWELL by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Tennessee 2,936 277 0.052 516
Arkansas 1,254 262 0.047 469
Oklahoma 1,609 253 0.047 466
Georgia 3,242 302 0.040 396
Mississippi 1,036 422 0.036 364


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called MAXWELL live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called MAXWELL represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called MAXWELL in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a MAXWELL by picking someone at random in Tennessee than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of MAXWELL

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Scotland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the MAXWELL surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the MAXWELL surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of MAXWELL in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 388 0.59
Asian/Pacific 283 0.43
White (Caucasian) 49,854 75.79
Black/African American 12,932 19.66
Mixed Race 1,118 1.7
White (Hispanic) 1,197 1.82

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the MAXWELL surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of MAXWELL in historical publications

One Macchus, in the eleventh century, obtained lands, on the Tweed, in Scotland, from Prince David, to which he gave the name of Macchus-ville, since corrupted to Maxwell. Maxwell is Macsual, in Gaelic, from Mac, son, and sual, small, little.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

Similar names to MAXWELL

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as MAXWELL.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for MAXWELL

The following words are slight variants of MAXWELL that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.