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Maxwell Family History

Maxwell Name Meaning
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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Maxwell Families

  • Number of Maxwell families
     360 - 718
     121 - 359
     1 - 120
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Maxwell families
     386 - 769
     129 - 385
     1 - 128
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Maxwell families
     666 - 1,329
     223 - 665
     1 - 222
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Maxwell Family Origin

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Maxwell Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Maxwell

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Maxwell Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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