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Origins of the Cox surname

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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.

Alternative variations of the name Cox

Cox, Cocks, Cokes, Coxe, Coxs

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Where do most Coxs live?

In 1921, most Coxs lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Coxs

How common is your surname?

59th most common surname in the UK

We have 479,000 records for the Cox surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Coxs most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Joneses

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What are the most common Cox first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Cox family members

Common jobs for Coxs

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Coxs in 1921
Dressmaker

2,047

Laundress

1,737

Domestic Servant

1,224

General Servant Domestic

1,144

General Servant

926

Common Male occupations for Coxs in 1921
Agricultural Labourer

2,904

General Labourer

1,959

Farm Labourer

1,565

Carpenter

1,433

Coal Miner

1,110

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