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The surname Fox originally appeared in Gaelic as O Sionnaigh, derived from the word "sionnach," which means "fox."

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The surname Fox was first found in County Limerick (Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Fox were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Fox, McFox, McShanaghy, McShinagh, McShinnock and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fox research. Another 375 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1624, 1691, 1749, 1806, 1806, 1624, 1691, 1627, 1716, 1661, 1679, 1679, 1685, 1689, 1661, 1676, 1679 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Fox History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst the family name at this time was George Fox (1624-1691), an English Dissenter and a founder of the Religious Society of Friends, better known as the Quakers or Friends; Sir Stephen Fox (1627-1716)...

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fox Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Fox family in North America:

Fox Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hugh Fox, who arrived in Virginia in 1633
  • Jo Fox, aged 35, arrived in New England in 1635
  • George Fox settled in Virginia in 1635
  • John Fox settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Francis Fox settled in Virginia in 1639
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Fox Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Fox, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • James Fox settled in Virginia in 1706
  • Marmaduke Fox, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • James Fox, who landed in Virginia in 1723
  • Johanis Frans Fox, aged 25, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
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Fox Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patt Fox, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Joseph Fox, who landed in America in 1811
  • Antonio Fox, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Mr. Fox, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Benjamin Fox was a planter in Western Bay in 1828
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Fox Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • George Greenfield Fox, who arrived in Colorado in 1901

Fox Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Christopher Fox, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Daniel Fox, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Daniel Fox, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Barnaby Fox, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Castor Fox, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
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Fox Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • George Fox settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1814
  • James Fox settled in Harbour Grace in 1817
  • Thomas Fox settled in King's Cove, Newfoundland in 1826
  • Henry Fox, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Forrenna Fox, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
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Fox Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Fox, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Robert Fox, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Robert Fox, aged 25, a woodman, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • Henry Fox arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838
  • Catherine Fox arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838
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Fox Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Fox landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Geo Fife
  • John Fox landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Matthew Fox, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Edward Thomas Fox, aged 35, a plumber, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
  • Harriet Fox, aged 27, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
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  • Yolande Margaret Betbeze Fox (1928-2016), born Yolande Margaret Betbeze, an American singer and beauty pageant titleholder, Miss America 1951
  • Haugh C. Fox, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Buenos Aires, 1930
  • Heisel M. Fox, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Marion County, 1954, 1956
  • Harry S. Fox, American politician, Circuit Judge in Wisconsin 12th Circuit, 1954-56
  • Harry M. Fox, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 12th District, 1974, 1974
  • H. C. Fox, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1912
  • Hamilton P. Fox, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1956
  • Gregory L. Fox, American politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 120th District, 2012
  • Gregory Fox, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 2012
  • Gordon D. Fox, American Democrat politician, Nightclub owner; Member of Rhode Island State House of Representatives 4th District, 1993-; Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 2010
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Fox Historic Events



Hillcrest Coal Mine

  • Mr. William Fox (1896-1914), English Bucker from Leigh, Lancashire,, England, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Jack Fox, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Geoffrey Fox, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Leonard G Fox, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Emily Fox, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Trenton, New Jersey, USA returning to Woolwich, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Francis Edwin Fox, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Trenton, New Jersey, USA returning to Woolwich, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. William Thomas Fox (d. 1912), aged 27, English Steward from Ealing, London who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Mr. Patrick Fox (d. 1912), aged 28, Irish Third Class passenger from Mullingar, Westmeath who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Stanley Hubert Fox (d. 1912), aged 38, American Second Class passenger from Rochester, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
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  • American Family History: Fox, Ellicott, Evans; Charles Worthington Evans, Martha Ellicott Tyson, G. Hunter Bartlett by Charles Worthington Evans.
  • Fox Family History, 1703-1976 by John Franklin Vallentine.
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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: Sionnach aboo
Motto Translation: The fox to victory

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    Other References

    1. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    4. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
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    The Fox Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fox 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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