What does the name Cox mean?
The origin of the Cox surname is varied and the name is found throughout Britain, particularly in England and Wales. It may be topographical, and refer to the Old English 'cock' (heap or hill), and given to a person who lived on or near hills. Cox could also come from the Old English 'cocc' (little), and be used as a descriptive name, or a term of endearment for someone who was in a position of power or particularly large. In Wales the surname Cox is thought to come from the Welsh 'coch' (red), and be given to someone who has red hair or complexion. The other possibility is that Cox came about as a nickname, from the English word 'cock' (rooster). At the Battle of Hastings, a Norman knight named Alric was given the name 'Le Coq' for his strutting around the battlefield, which was also passed to his descendants and has sometimes been anglicised to Cox.
The earliest occurrence of the Cox surname in our family history documents is from 1486, and we currently have 2,696,301 records where Cox appears.
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Typical jobs for Coxes
Hard-working people, the Coxes. 3025 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Coxes lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Cox in London.
Coxes’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Coxes were angels, apparently. We found 2946 in criminal records.
Coxes in World War I
According to the World War I records, 4188 Coxes served in the First World War.