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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Maxwell name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Maxwell. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    48%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    22%

  • Germanic Europe

    7%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    3%

  • Norway

    3%

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Maxwell Family Origin

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Maxwell Family Occupations

What did your Maxwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Maxwell family was Servant. The most common Maxwell occupation in Canada was Farmer. 34% of Maxwell's were Farmers. Farmer, School and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Maxwell.

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  • Farmer

    34%
  • School

    7%
  • Labourer

    5%
  • Servant

    4%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Maxwell ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

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 Canada, 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

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Maxwell ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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