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Where did the Irish Cox family come from? What is the Irish 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?In Ireland, the name Cox is generally derived from the Gaelic "Mac an Choiligh," which means "son of the cock or rooster;" the name was often Anglicized as Cox.
Scribes and church officials, lacking today's standardized spelling rules, recorded names by how they were pronounced. This imprecise guide often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Cox are preserved in documents of the family history. The various spellings of the name that were found include MacQuilly, McQuilly, MacQuilley, McQuilly, MacQuillie, McQuillie, Quilley, Quilly, Quillie, Cox, Coxe and many more.
First found in County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cox research. Another 221 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1558, 1650, 1675, 1733, 1770, and 1837 are included under the topic Early Cox History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 38 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cox Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name Cox:
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
- 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)
- Pat Cox (b. 1952), Irish Liberal Democratic politician and president of the European Parliament in 2002
- William Trevor Cox (b. 1928), Irish short-story writer
- Ambrose N. Cox, Sr., Descendants, 1772-1972 by Elza B. Cox.
- The Cox-Bates Family and Related Families by Ruby Cox Eddleman.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fide et fortitudine
Motto Translation: By fidelity and fortitude.
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- Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
- Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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- Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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- Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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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