The surname MacFox originally appeared in Gaelic as O Sionnaigh, derived from the word "sionnach," which means "fox."
Early Origins of the MacFox family
The surname MacFox 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 MacFox family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacFox 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 MacFox History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacFox Spelling Variations
The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations
for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name MacFox were encountered in the archives: Fox, McFox, McShanaghy, McShinagh, McShinnock and others.
Early Notables of the MacFox 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)... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacFox Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacFox family to the New World and Oceana
In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia
. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the MacFox family came to North America quite early: Edward Fox who settled in Virginia in 1649; Francis Fox settled in Virginia in 1639; George Fox settled in Virginia in 1635; John Fox also settled in Virginia in the same year.
The MacFox 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