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Multiple Origins for the Surname Maxwell


Scottish


The Maxwell surname is a habitation name derived from a place named Maxwell near Melrose in country Roxburgh. The place name derives from the Old English personal name "Maccus," and the Old English word "weil" Old English for a stream or spring. Alternatively, the name comes from when the family lived in or near Maxwell, a salmon pool located on the Tweed River near Kelso Bridge.

Maxwell Early Origins



The surname Maxwell was first found in Roxburghshire. The earliest record of the name Maxwell was of a Herbert de Maccusweil, who moved to Scotland from England, where he came to hold the land at Max's weil or Maccusweil, and flourished under the kings Malcolm IV and William I in the second half of the 12th century. It is thought that Herbert was of Norman stock; even though the name itself had older roots. Of his sons, John de Maccuswell was recorded as Great Chamberlain of Scotland, and as Sheriff of Teviotdale. He came to have the barony of Cśrlaverock in Dumfries, and is on record as a resident of that country in 1221. Another son Aymer de Maxwell was the first use the modern spelling of his surname; he migrated to the Scottish county of Peebles, where he was recorded as Eymer de Mackisuuell in 1262. Aymer married Mary, daughter of Sir Roland de Mearns, heiress of the barony of Renfrew from which would come the lines of Maxwell of Pollock and Maxwell of Calderwood. Branches were also established in Roxburgh and Berwick.

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Maxwell Spelling Variations


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Maxwell Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Maxwaile, Makiswell, Makiswel, Makeswell, Maxwell, Maxwel, Maxswel, Maxville, Maxvile, Maxuel, Makeswel, Maxweel, Maxwale, Maxswell, Maxwal, Maxwaul, Maxwaale, Maxwul, Maxwail and many more.

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Maxwell Early History


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Maxwell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maxwell research. Another 349 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1320, 1676, 1744, 1715, 1716, 1454, 1552, 1593, 1586, 1646, 1620, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Maxwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Maxwell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Maxwell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maxwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Maxwell In Ireland


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Maxwell In Ireland



Some of the Maxwell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Maxwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Marie Maxwell, aged 21, landed in St Christopher in 1635
  • Alexander Maxwell, who came to Boston in 1650
  • Daniel Maxwell, who settled in Boston in 1652
  • James Maxwell, who settled in Maryland in 1658
  • Mary Maxwell, who arrived in Maryland in 1659
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Maxwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Maxwell, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1718
  • Hugh Maxwell, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1733
  • Alexander Maxwell, who landed in Virginia in 1740
  • John Maxwell, who landed in Augusta County, Va in 1740
  • Adam Maxwell, a Jacobite prisoner sent to America in 1747
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Maxwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Maxwell, aged 20, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1804
  • Margaret Maxwell, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Isabella Maxwell, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Eleanor Maxwell, aged 28, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1820-1873
  • Eliza Graham Maxwell, who landed in New York in 1830
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Maxwell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Andrew Maxwell, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Mr. James Maxwell U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. James Maxwell U.E. born in Ireland who settled in St. Stephen, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 served in the Flying Artillery [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Maxwell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Maxwell, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Sarah Maxwell, aged 32, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Rebecca Maxwell, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Alexander Maxwell arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • William Maxwell, aged 23, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Condor" in 1838
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Maxwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Maxwell, English convict from Huntingdon, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  • John Maxwell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  • Jane Maxwell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  • Mary Maxwell, aged 14, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • William Maxwell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Simlah" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Maxwell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • T Maxwell landed in Waiheke, New Zealand in 1837
  • C Maxwell landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Aurora
  • James Maxwell landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Maxwell, aged 20, a shepherd, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Mary Maxwell, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Maxwell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Maxwell (post 1700)



  • Hamish Maxwell (1927-2014), American consumer products executive, CEO and Chairman of Philip Morris (1984-1991)
  • David Farrow Maxwell (1900-1985), eightieth president of the American Bar Association
  • Robert H. Maxwell, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Alabama, 1968
  • Ron Maxwell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 2000
  • Ronald Maxwell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1996
  • Samuel Maxwell (1825-1901), American Republican politician, Delegate to Nebraska State Constitutional Convention, 1864; Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1866
  • Samuel D. Maxwell (1803-1873), American Republican politician, Mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana, 1858-63
  • Thomas Maxwell (1792-1864), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 25th District, 1829-31
  • Thomas H. Maxwell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1944 (alternate), 1948
  • Thomas L. Maxwell, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Mamaroneck, New York, 1931
  • ... (Another 89 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Maxwell Historic Events


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Maxwell Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Ian Maxwell Maxwell (1914-1941), Australian Ordinary Signalman from Sandy Bay, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. John Maxwell (d. 1912), aged 31, English Carpenter/Joiner from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Maxwell


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Suggested Readings for the name Maxwell



  • Ancestors by William Maxwell.
  • Brandenburg-Maxwell, Brazelton-Lamb, Mitchell-Drake, Sanders-Killen by Sarah G. Sitz.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Reviresco
Motto Translation: I flourish again.


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Maxwell Clan Badge


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Maxwell Clan Badge




Maxwell Clan Badge
Maxwell Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Maxwell
Dimswoodie, Dimswoody, Dimswudy, Dinsweddie, Dinsweddy, Dinswedy, Dinswethie, Dinswethy, Dinswiddie, Dinswoddy, Dinswoodey, Dinswoodie, Dinswoody, Dinswothy, Dinswudy, Dinwedy, Dinwethy, Dinwiddey, Dinwiddie, Dinwiddy, Dinwoodey, Dinwoodie, Dinwoody, Dinwordy, Dinwothy, Dinwudy, Dunsweddie, Dunsweddy, Dunswedy, Dunswethie, Dunswethy, Dunswiddie, Dunswoddy, Dunswoodey, Dunswoodie, Dunswoody, Dunswothy, Dunswudy, Dunwedy, Dunwethy, Dunwiddey, Dunwiddie, Dunwiddy, Dunwoodey, Dunwoodie, Dunwoody, Dunwordy, Dunwothy, Dunwudy, Makeswel and more.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm

Other References

  1. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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The Maxwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Maxwell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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