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Of Scottish origin.

Used as a Scottish surname, meaning “Mack’s stream”.

The name Mack is a short form of the name Magnus.

Maxwell is a combination of Mack and the Old English “wella”, meaning stream.

Magnus means “great” in Latin, so Maxwell means “great stream”.

It was used as a surname since the 12th century. Use of the name as a forename is much more modern.

Short form of the name is Max.

Feminine forms are Maxine and Maxene.

Famous bearers are: Maxwell (born Gerald Maxwell Rivera), Maxwell Caulfield, Maxwell Reed, Maxwell Andrade.