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Origin: Ghana
Region Origin: Western Africa

Maxwell is a predominantly Scottish boy's name that has its origins dating back to the 12th century when the Clan Maxwell resided near a small pool on the River Tweed called Maccus Well. The name is derived from the Scottish surname Mack, a short form of the Scandinavian name Magnus, combined with Old English wella, meaning "stream". The meaning of Maxwell can vary depending on its origins, with the English meaning being "capable" and the Latin meaning "great". The name Maxwell has enjoyed a steady popularity in the last 20 years, ranking in the top 150 names until recently. Its popularity spiked when celebrities like Lance Armstrong and Jessica Simpson chose the name for their children. Pronounced as "MACK-swell", Maxwell has traditionally been a masculine name but has been used for girls as well in recent times.

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