Knox History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Knox family

The surname Knox was 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.

Important Dates for the Knox family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Knox research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1230, 1597, 1505, 1572, 1559, 1633, 1641, 1720, 1640, 1720, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Knox History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Knox Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Knox family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was John Knox (c.1505-1572), a Scottish religious reformer, a follower of John Calvin and the driving force behind the introduction and establishment of the Presbyterian church in Scotland; and...
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Knox Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Knox family to Ireland

Some of the Knox family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 110 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Knox migration to the United States

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 [1]
Knox Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Knox, who arrived in St Christopher in 1715 [1]
  • Timothy Knox, who arrived in New England in 1730 [1]
  • Adam Knox, who landed in New England in 1737 [1]
  • Thomas Knox, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772 [1]
  • Isobel Knox, aged 21, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Knox Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Knox, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1800 [1]
  • Walker Knox, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1806 [1]
  • Dean Knox, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Jane Knox, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Joseph Knox, who landed in New Jersey in 1811 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Knox migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Knox Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • George Knox, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Mr. Knox Thomas U.E. born in New York, USA who settled in Carleton [Saint John West], New Brunswick, Canada c. 1783 he was the Deputy Commissary of Musters in settling Loyalists on the Saint John River [2]
Knox Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Knox Senior, aged 50, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Jane Knox, aged 40, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • John Knox, aged 30, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Jane Knox, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Margaret Knox, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Knox migration to Australia

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

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 [3]
  • John Knox, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839 [4]
  • William Knox, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [5]
  • Isabella Knox, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [5]
  • John Knox, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Knox 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:

Knox Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Fredrick John Knox, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
  • Dr. Frederick JohnKnox, British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th November 1840 [6]
  • Mrs. Knox, British settler travelling from England with 5 children aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th November 1840 [6]
  • C W Knox, who landed in Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • Miss Knox, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Phoebe" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 18th April 1843 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Knox (post 1700)

  • Nick Knox (1958-2018), born Nicholas George Stephanoff, an American drummer for the psychobilly band The Cramps
  • Charles Robert "Chuck" Knox (1932-2018), American football coach at the high school, collegiate and professional levels, three-times AP NFL Coach of the Year (1973, 1980, 1984)
  • John Theryll Knox (1924-2017), American politician and lawyer, Member of the California House of Representatives (1960-1980)
  • Brenda Dale Knox (1957-2016), known as The Lady Chablis, an American actress, author and drag performer
  • Simmie Knox (b. 1935), American portrait painter of former United States President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Seymour Horace Knox I (1861-1915), American businessman, co-founder of the F. W. Woolworth Company
  • Philander Chase Knox (1853-1921), American lawyer, bank director and politician, United States Attorney General (1901–1904)
  • Harley Eugene Knox (1899-1956), American politician, 25th Mayor of San Diego (1943-1951)
  • Elyse Knox (1917-2012), born Elsie Lillian Kornbrath, an American actress, model and fashion designer
  • Commodore Dudley Wright Knox (1877-1960), American officer in the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War and World War I
  • ... (Another 105 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Knox family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. John D Knox (b. 1921), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Southampton, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [8]
  • Mr. John A Knox (b. 1922), Scottish Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Stonehaven, Kincardine, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [8]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Samuel McIlhenny Knox, American 1st Class Passenger from Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in a collapsible [9]

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Citations

  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  9. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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