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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Maxwell

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Maxwell in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Maxwell:

  • Records indicate that 72,021 boys in the United States have been named Maxwell since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2000, when 3,362 people in the U.S. were given the name Maxwell. Those people are now 20 years old.

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    Comments about the name Maxwell

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      24 Positive Comments

  • "I?m about 8 months pregnant and was having such a hard time choosing a name until I heard Maxwell, as soon as I heard it I loved it. And my son to be will be named Maxwell." Aug. 9, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Many people told us what a great name we have for our son!" Mar. 25, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is now 3 months old and I get compliments on his name constantly. My step fathers last name is Maxwell and I named my son after him in honor of him and his family who have been a huge influence in my life. Maxwell to me sounds smart and dignified while the nickname Max sounds fun and cool. It's also unique and uncommon without sounding made up or too far out there. My sister in law named her son (who is a few months older than Max) after her maiden name, Logan, which wasn't common in our generation as a first name but turned out to be one of the most popular baby boy names of 2014. While Logan will most likely have as many classmates with the same name as Christopher or Daniel had in years before, I'm pretty sure maxwell won't be sharing his name with a school full of other boys which I love." May. 15, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Great boy name, not sure why someone would name a girl Maxwell unless you want to do it purely to be different so the girl will get made fun of all through school and get weird looks the first day in college. And for the rest of her life get confused with a boy, all so the parent can have a "different" childs name." Jul. 11, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "We called our baby boy Maxwell and we are very proud. It is a cool name and it also sounds a little distinguished for when he gets older. until then he can max it out!" Jun. 8, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My beautiful little boy is named Maxwell! People always compliment his name. We call him both max and Maxwell. We chose it because its not overly popular but its not weird either." May. 5, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 3 old brother maxwell is such a big ball of fun sis there and sis here. I'm 10 shaylee I have 3 bros. But maxwell just means the world to me if I lost he I would kill myself that is how much I love him I would need to go to heaven with him if he died. But I mean I LOVE HIM the most out of my other bros. Shhhhhhh to not tell my other bros" Feb. 8, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Maxwell Got some folks who intentional mispronounce it but I don't let it bug I just laugh it off as I really love my name" Dec. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Maxwell and i love it when girls call me by my full name; they like to laugh when they do it too" Oct. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is a Maxwell and at 5 he insists on it being Maxwell, not Max. The name has become much more popular but I still love it. It sounds playful and a little mischevious - everything a boy should be." Oct. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Maxwell, and it seems a bit too formal for my personality, but Max does just fine." Dec. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "this is kool me and my boyfriend have to look up our names and his name is maxwell he loves his name he gets calles lax max for his lacrosse team" Jul. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Maxwell and everyone calls him Max too. He's only 2 so eventually he may go by Maxwell. Even though it's a popular name for Dogs, we LOVE the name and so does he. He's definitely a MAX!" Jun. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My gf and I are calling our 2 day old boy Maxwell, it took that long to name him but we think this name suits him really well. The Beatles song 'Maxwells Silver Hammer' helped us to decide as the lyrics appealed to us and Mad Max is my favourite film!" Dec. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 18 years old & I love my name. My name was unique -- I did not grow up with anyone else with the same name, but its not unique in a weird way that I ever got teased because of my name. I've even had girls go out of their way to tell me they like my name unlike my friends Ian & Dylan who get busted on that their parents liked 90210 or something." Oct. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Maxwell and I love it im 17 and out of a school with 2,000 thousand plus kids only one other kid has my name and we oddly look alike. But I can honestly say its a fantastic name my teachers like it along with the students and the girls :)" May. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my little boys name is maxwell and i think its fantastic! everyone always comments on what a great name it is! it is a strong and traditional name but very cool! we do call him max at times but I try to call him maxwell as i love the way it sounds. its a name he can really grow with and be proud of! x I do think your name can help or hinder you in life and its great to have a stong name!" Apr. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My maiden name was Maxwell and so I named my son (born in 1991) Maxwell. It seems to have soared in popularity! Every single person who has commented on his name always says what a "great" name it is and that it sounds like an athlete when called "Max" and a prominent lawyer when called "Maxwell."" Mar. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sometimes people hear Matt when I introduce myself as Max. But it is a sweet name and I have only met three other Max's in 26 years." Apr. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons name is Maxwell, everyone calls him Max. I like it because its classic and has been around for centuries! Everyone in my family has old fashioned names, i guess its like a tradition, yet i wanted a name that was still modern and fun. This is the perfect cross between classic and modern! Also in sports there are soo many nickanmes for Max (max attack, take it to the max,) my son is happy with it and so am i. its a cute name" Jan. 30, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This name is amazing! Everyone likes you because it sounds like such a charismatic name it is very easy to get friends. No one has ever mispronounced my name and its easy to spell and shorten to just Max." Jan. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name and chose it for my son, born in May 2003. I think it is handsome, smart, uncommon and still masculine. I love the nickname Max. I think of the cute character on THE NANNY (tv show) - Mr. Sheffield. His first name was Maxwell!!" Jun. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "its my name nukka and its gonna be known around the world cause the world will be mine." Jun. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have a friend Maxwell and he's a dude, i love the name and its variations; maxamillian etx" Apr. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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      9 Neutral Comments

  • "My husband and I names our son Maxwell after our favorite singer. He constantly gets compliments on his name and his personality fits his name. Maxwell James" Dec. 11, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is maxwell why people called me max even maxuba because my surname is uba, well well i love the maxwell most especially whan people around me called me max it so amazing, well to cut the long story short my full name are uba maxwell ochuko am from Nigeria i have only see two persons who bear the name maxwell nice,great.sweet and lovely name." May. 24, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a 5 month old Beautiful daughter named Maxwell. I love the name and hope she will love it too. I was trying to find other girls named Maxwell, but have not found a one!!" Apr. 1, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is maxwell but everyone calls me max too, especaly at school" Jun. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 6 month old son is named Maxwell. My husband and I love it. I love the formal name Maxwell and he loves the shortened Max. He loves to call him Mad Max. It is a classic name that is also current. I love the choice we made. I can't picture him any other name!" Jan. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is maxwell i luv it and my girlfriend love it." Mar. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "this name maxwell sounds great and appealing.i have a friend called max and very cool,funny, loving and caring,has human sympathy,not proud, though his rich.a man you would love to leave with,and understands easily.well i just hope he will be my sweetheart and honey" Aug. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "A nice name, but if you're looking for an alternative to this very popular name, you might consider "Maxfield"." Jan. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Living in the Netherlands people wrongly mispronounciate it as Mahkswell, which sounds like an "ah". Besides that people tend to spell it with only one "L"." Apr. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

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