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Maxwell Family History

Maxwell Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a place in Kelso near Melrose in Roxburghshire the name of a salmon pool on the Tweed near Kelso Bridge. The placename is first recorded in 1144 in the form Mackeswell ‘Mack's spring or stream’ (Old English well(a)). Irish: adopted for Ó Meisceall see Miskell . This surname is common in Ulster. Jewish: arbitrary adoption of the Scottish name or Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Haswell, Farwell, Banwell, Bagwell, Boxwell, Madewell, Foxwell

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Where is the Maxwell family from?

You can see how Maxwell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Maxwell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Maxwell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 769 Maxwell families living in Lancashire. This was about 23% of all the recorded Maxwell's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Maxwell families in 1891.
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What did your Maxwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Maxwell. 11% of Maxwell men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Maxwell women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Maxwell were Retired and Incapacitated. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Medical Practitioner
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated
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Passenger Lists

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There are 83,000 military records available for the last name Maxwell. For the veterans among your Maxwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Maxwell lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Maxwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Maxwell in 1942 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

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