Maxwell Family History

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Maxwell Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a place near Melrose in Roxburghshire. The place name is first recorded in 1144 in the form Mackeswell ‘Mack’s spring or stream (Old English well(a))’. Irish: this surname is common in Ulster, where it has sometimes been adopted as an alternative to Miskell. Jewish: arbitrary adoption of the Scottish name, or Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Maxwell Family Origin

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Maxwell Family Occupations

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In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK 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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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Medical Practitioner
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated

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

Maxwell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 461,000 census records available for the last name Maxwell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Maxwell census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 67,000 immigration records available for the last name Maxwell. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Maxwell Life Expectancy

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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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