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Origins of the Fox surname

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What does the name Fox mean?

The origin of the surname Fox is thought to be in England. It comes from the Middle English identical word 'Fox', and was given for those who looked like or had the qualities of the animal of the same name. The surname Fox can also be a corruption of the Norman name 'Folko' or 'Foulques', and given to those who were the son or descendant of someone with that name.

Alternative variations of the name Fox

Fox, Foks, Focks, Facks, Fuchs

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Where do most Foxs live?

In 1921, most Foxs lived in Yorkshire.

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Interesting facts about Foxs

How common is your surname?

103rd most common surname in the UK

We have 286,000 records for the Fox surname. The oldest one dates back to 1100.

Who were Foxs most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Fox first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Foxs

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

Common Female occupations for Foxs in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Foxs in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer


Coal Miner




Farm Labourer


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