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

The Knox surname comes from the Old English word "cnocc," which meant a round topped hill. The surname may have been taken on by someone who lived at such a place, or may have come from one of several places called Knock, in Scotland and Northern England.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Knox, Knock, Knocks and others.

First found in Renfrewshire 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knox research. Another 249 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1230, 1597, 1505, 1572, 1641, 1720, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Knox History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 87 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knox Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Knox family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 207 words(15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Knox Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Christopher Knox, who arrived in Barbados in 1628
  • Christopher Knox, who landed in Barbados in 1628

Knox Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • James Knox, who arrived in St Christopher in 1715
  • Timothy Knox, who arrived in New England in 1730
  • Adam Knox, who landed in New England in 1737
  • Thomas Knox, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772
  • Isobel Knox, aged 21, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775


Knox Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Andrew Knox, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1800
  • Walker Knox, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1806
  • Dean Knox, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Jane Knox, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Joseph Knox, who landed in New Jersey in 1811


Knox Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • George Knox, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Knox Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • William Knox Senior, aged 50, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo
  • Jane Knox, aged 40, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo
  • John Knox, aged 30, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo
  • Jane Knox, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo
  • Margaret Knox, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo


Knox Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Knox, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Knox arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839
  • William Knox arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
  • Isabella Knox arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
  • John Knox arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839


Knox Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Fredrick John Knox landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
  • C W Knox landed in Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • William Knox, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
  • L. Knox arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • Mary A. Knox, aged 20, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874


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  • Henry Knox (1750-1806), American revolutionary soldier, 1st United States Secretary of War (1789-1794)
  • Frank Knox (1874-1944), United States Secretary of the Navy
  • Buddy Wayne Knox (1933-1999), American singer and songwriter, best known for his rock hit song, "Party Doll" (1957)
  • Commodore Dudley Wright Knox (1877-1960), American officer in the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War and World War I
  • Elyse Knox (1917-2012), born Elsie Lillian Kornbrath, an American actress, model and fashion designer
  • Harley Eugene Knox (1899-1956), American politician, 25th Mayor of San Diego (1943-1951)
  • Philander Chase Knox (1853-1921), American lawyer, bank director and politician, United States Attorney General (19011904)
  • Seymour Horace Knox I (1861-1915), American businessman, co-founder of the F. W. Woolworth Company
  • Simmie Knox (b. 1935), American portrait painter of former United States President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Mr. Samuel McIlhenny Knox, American 1st Class Passenger from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in a collapsible

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  • Knox Memorial by Christine Wood.
  • Pioneers in a Frontier Land by Daryl K. Knox.
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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: Moveo et proficior
Motto Translation: I proceed and am more prosperous.

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  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Knox Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Knox 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 16 April 2015 at 21:37.

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