Maxwell Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Maxwell Family History

If you are conducting some Maxwell family history research then you can view the Maxwell coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Maxwell surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The name Maxwell in Ireland is usually of Scottish origin having been brought to the country by settlers in the seventeenth century. They established themselves in the Province of Ulster where the majority of descendants can still be found. The native Gaelic O'Meiscill Sept of Connaught occasionally anglicized their name to Maxwell instead of the more usual Mescall.

A Sept or Clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors had a common surname and all inhabited the same lands.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Maxwell Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Vert/Green Signifies Hope, Joy and sometimes, Loyalty in Love
The Saltire/St. Andrew's Cross signifies the symbol of Resolution
Eagle Symbol of Power and Strength
Shield Signifies 'A Defender'
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