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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Knox

Knox comes from the Scottish Gaelic ‘cnoc,’ which means ‘a hillock’ or ‘a hump.’ In old English, ‘cnocc’ means a small hill with a round top. Therefore, it was used as a name for someone who lived on a hill or hilltop. For instance, there is a place called Knock in Renfrewshire, Scotland. The name was used more as a surname derived from such names of places in the past.

There is also a connection with the eastern Ashkenazic Jews, as Knox is considered an Americanized version of one of its surnames. In history, the name appears with Scottish reformer John Knox, who wrote The History of the Reformation in Scotland between 1559 and 1566. He also authored ‘The First Blast Of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment Of Women’ and served as a religious figure during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Henry Knox was a founding father of the United States and a senior military general during the revolutionary war. He is known today as the namesake of Fort Knox in Kentucky and Maine.

Some feminine variants of the name in the United States include Knoxlee and Knoxleigh. Male variants of the name in the United States are Knoxson, Knoxton, and Knoxtyn. The variation Knoxley is used for boys and girls in the United States.

In fiction, Dalbir A. Knox is a character from ‘Umineko When They Cry,’ a Japanese dojen soft visual novel series produced by 07th Expansion. Ronald Knox is a character from the Japanese manga series Black Butler written and illustrated by Yana Toboso. In January 2014, the live-action adaptation hit the screen.

Knox is also the name of a yellow anthropomorphic dog in Dr. Seuss’ children’s book ‘Fox in socks.’ In the story, Knox struggles to follow Fox’s tongue twisters. Knox Overstreet is the main character in the ‘Dead Poets Society.’ The American actor Joshua Aaron Charles plays him in the film.


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Knox means Around the Hill
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Famous People With The Name Knox

  • Barbara KnoxBritish actress, best known for playing Rita Sullivan in the television soap opera Coronation Street
  • Knox MartinAmerican painter, sculptor, and muralist who won the Desser Award for Painting (2005)
  • Mike KnoxRing name of Michael Knoxville Hettinga, an American professional wrestler in WWE
  • Kevin Devon Knox IIAmerican professional basketball player (NBA)
  • Johnny KnoxvilleAmerican actor known for movies like Men in Black II, Reboot, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Knox On The Popularity Chart

Recording just five babies per million in 1982, Knox rose like a phoenix in the late 2000s. Let us study the data released by the Social Security Administration to learn more about its performance over the last few decades.

Popularity Over Time

The name started gaining popularity in the late 2000s, jumping from 93 babies per million in 2008 to 349 babies per million in 2009. As of 2021, it averaged 1718 babies per million.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

In terms of ranking, there have been some fluctuations but no major changes. The name’s ranking in 1985 and 2021 is almost the same.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Knox

Knox is a unique name for a baby boy but if you want something different that sounds similar, here are some options.

Names With Similar Meaning As Knox

There are names that have the same meaning as Knox if you are looking for some. Take a look at some suggestions listed below.

Name Numerology For Knox

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