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Origins Available: English, Irish


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.

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The surname Cox was 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.

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.


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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.

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

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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.

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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 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 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 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


Cox Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Eliza Cox, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Wm Cox, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Charles Cox U.E who settled in Magaguadavic, Saint George, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 he was part of the Cape Ann Association
  • Mr. Samuel Cox U.E who settled in Home District, [Niagara], Lincoln County, Ontario c. 1783
  • Mr. William Cox U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783


Cox Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • James Cox, aged 20, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
  • Catharine Cox, aged 18, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
  • Patrick Cox, who died on route to Grosse Isle Quebec where his death was registered in 1847
  • Andrew Cox, who arrived in Quebec in 1850

Cox Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Daniel Cox, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Joseph Cox, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Thomas Cox, Welsh convict from Brecon, Wales, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • John Cox, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Thomas Cox, English convict from Northampton, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila


Cox Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • G Cox landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1814 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • James Cox, aged 38, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Ann Cox, aged 38, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Robert Cox, aged 10, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • James Cox, aged 8, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842


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  • Brigadier-General Richard Ferguson Cox (1886-1964), American Commanding General Boston Harbor Defenses (1942-1944)
  • Brigadier-General Albert Lyman Cox (1883-1965), American Commanding General Washington Military (1942)
  • Daniel Rinald "Ronnie" Cox (b. 1938), American character actor, singer/songwriter, and guitarist
  • Joseph Cox, American Republican politician, Circuit Judge in Ohio 1st Circuit, 1885-99
  • Mrs. Joseph Cox, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1956
  • Joseph A. Cox, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1952; Justice of New York Supreme Court 1st District, 1953
  • Joseph Harper Cox, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Seaford, Delaware, 1934-54
  • Joseph L. Cox (1858-1912), American politician, Mayor of Battle Creek, Michigan, 1892
  • Kenneth Allen Cox (b. 1916), American Democrat politician, Member, Federal Communications Commission, 1963-70
  • Kenneth R. Cox, American politician, Mayor of Barberton, Ohio, 1967

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  • 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.

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