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Origins of the Maxwell surname

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About the Maxwells

We have a total number of 92163 records for people with the last name Maxwell.

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Where do most Maxwells live?

In 1921, most Maxwells lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Maxwells

How common is your surname?

636th most common surname in the UK

We have 58,700 records for the Maxwell surname. The oldest one dates back to 1441.

Who were Maxwells most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Maxwell first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Maxwells

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Maxwells in 1921


Domestic Servant




Living On Own Means


House Keeper


Common Male occupations for Maxwells in 1921
Coal Miner






General Labourer


Farm Hands


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