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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: English, Irish

Where did the English Cox family come from? What is the English Cox family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cox family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cox family history?

The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name Cox come from its first bearer, who was a person who bore a fancied resemblance to a rooster. It was applied both to early risers and those who strutted proudly.


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Cox has been spelled many different ways, including Cox, Coxe and others.

First found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cox research. Another 145 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1581, 1547, 1552, 1646, 1727, 1655, 1655, 1734, 1650, 1733, 1703 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Cox History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 147 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cox Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Cox family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 139 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Coxs to arrive in North America:

Cox Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Lasse Cox, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1627
  • Ann Cox, who arrived in Maryland in 1633
  • Anne Cox, who arrived in Maryland in 1633
  • Jon Cox, who landed in Virginia in 1634
  • Moses Cox, who landed in Hampton, NH in 1639

Cox Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Susanna Cox, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Justin Cox, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Tho Cox, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1712
  • T Cox, who landed in New England in 1733
  • Jno Cox, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738

Cox Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • William Cox, who arrived in America in 1804
  • Thomas Cox, who arrived in New York, NY in 1805
  • Edward Cox, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Edward L Cox, aged 26, arrived in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Nancy Cox, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812


  • Archibald Cox (1912-2004), American lawyer and Professor of Law, solicitor general in the Kennedy administration
  • John I. Cox (1855-1946), American Governor of Tennessee from 1905 to 1907
  • Channing Harris Cox (1879-1968), American Republican politician, Governor of Massachusetts from 1921-1925
  • Courteney Cox (b. 1964), American television and film actress
  • Lieutenant John Richard Cox Jr. (1913-1995), American officer awarded the Croix de Guerre during WWII
  • Daniel Rinald "Ronnie" Cox (b. 1938), American character actor, singer/songwriter, and guitarist
  • Brigadier-General Albert Lyman Cox (1883-1965), American Commanding General Washington Military (1942)
  • Brigadier-General Richard Ferguson Cox (1886-1964), American Commanding General Boston Harbor Defenses (1942-1944)
  • Sir Geoffrey Sandford Cox CNZM, CBE (1910-2008), New Zealand-born Rhodes Scholar, newspaper and television journalist
  • Sir Ernest Gordon Cox (1906-1996), English crystallographer



  • Ambrose N. Cox, Sr., Descendants, 1772-1972 by Elza B. Cox.
  • The Cox-Bates Family and Related Families by Ruby Cox Eddleman.

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The Cox Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cox 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.

This page was last modified on 31 July 2014 at 04:11.

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