Fox History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Fox family

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.

Early History of the Fox family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fox research. Another 188 words (13 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.

Fox Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Fox family (pre 1700)

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)...
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United States Fox migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Jo Fox, aged 35, who arrived in New England in 1635 [1]
  • George Fox, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • John Fox, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Francis Fox, who settled in Virginia in 1639
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Fox Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Fox, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [1]
  • James Fox, who settled in Virginia in 1706
  • Marmaduke Fox, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • James Fox, who landed in Virginia in 1723 [1]
  • Johanis Frans Fox, aged 25, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Fox Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patt Fox, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • Joseph Fox, who landed in America in 1811 [1]
  • Antonio Fox, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816 [1]
  • Mr. Fox, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [1]
  • Benjamin Fox was a planter in Western Bay in 1828
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Fox Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George Greenfield Fox, who arrived in Colorado in 1901 [1]

Canada Fox migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Fox Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • George Fox, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1814 [2]
  • James Fox, who settled in Harbour Grace in 1817
  • Thomas Fox, who settled in King's Cove, Newfoundland in 1826 [2]
  • Henry Fox, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Forrenna Fox, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Fox migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Fox Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Fox, English convict who was convicted in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Joseph Fox, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Robert Fox, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Benjamin Fox, British convict who was convicted in Norwich, Norfolk, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Robert Fox, aged 25, a woodman, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Fox migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Fox Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Fox, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Geo Fife
  • John Fox, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Matthew Fox, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Edward Thomas Fox, aged 35, a plumber, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
  • Harriet Fox, aged 27, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Fox (post 1700) +

  • Renée Claire Fox (1928-2020), American sociologist
  • Sonny Fox (1946-2020), American DJ who hosted the uncensored comedy channel on XM Radio, now Sirius XM, until his death in 2020
  • Johnny Fox (1953-2017), American professional sword swallower and sleight of hand expert
  • Jon D. Fox (1947-2018), American politician from Abington, Pennsylvania, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1995-1999), Member of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners (1992-1995)
  • Colonel Wesley L. Fox (1931-2017), American Marine awarded the Medal of Honor for valor during the Vietnam War and is widely regarded as a legendary hero within the Corps
  • Paula Fox (1923-2017), American author of novels for adults and children, winner of the 1974 Newbery Medal for her novel The Slave Dancer, the 1983 National Book Award in category Children's Fiction (paperback) for A Place Apart and the 2008 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for A Portrait of Ivan (1969)
  • James Patrick "Jamie" Fox (1954-2017), American Democrat politician, two-time New Jersey Commissioner of Transportation
  • Yolande Margaret Betbeze Fox (1928-2016), born Yolande Margaret Betbeze, an American singer and beauty pageant titleholder, Miss America 1951
  • Raymond Lee Fox Sr. (1916-2014), American engine builder, NASCAR car owner and NASCAR engine inspector, inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2003
  • Arthur Fox, American Olympic sliver medalist for fencing at the 1904 Summer Games
  • ... (Another 219 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hillcrest Coal Mine
HMS Cornwall
  • John Henry Edward Fox (d. 1942), British Leading Seaman aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [9]
HMS Prince of Wales
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Geoffrey Fox, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. Leonard G Fox, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [11]
HMS Royal Oak
  • William Thomas John Fox, British Midshipman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [12]
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 [13]
  • 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 [13]
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 [14]
  • 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 [14]
  • 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 [14]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Daniel Russell Fox, American Lieutenant Colonel from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [15]


The Fox Motto +

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


Suggested Readings for the name Fox +

  • 156 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.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1831
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  8. ^ List Of Miners - Hillcrest Mine Disaster Data. (Retrieved 2014, June 24) . Retrieved from http://www.hillcrestminedisaster.com/data/index.php?title=List_Of_Miners
  9. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  11. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  12. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  13. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  14. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  15. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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