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Cox Name Meaning

English: variant of Cocke and Cook with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. Irish (Ulster): mistranslation of Mac Con Coille (‘son of Cú Choille’ a personal name meaning ‘hound of the wood’) as if formed with coileach ‘cock rooster’. Dutch and Flemish: genitivized patronymic from the personal name Cock a vernacular short form of Cornelius . Dutch: variant of Kok an occupational name for a cook. Amerindian (Mexico and Guatemala): Mayan name from a Castilianized form of a term denoting a species of pheasant-like bird.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Fox, Box, Coy, Mox, Cobb, Sax, Pol, Joy, Cam, Boe

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Where is the Cox family from?

You can see how Cox families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cox family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cox families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 8,578 Cox families living in London. This was about 18% of all the recorded Cox's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Cox families in 1891.
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What did your Cox ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Cox. 6% of Cox men worked as a General Labourer and 64% of Cox women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cox were Gardener and Incapacitated. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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Passenger Lists

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There are 291,000 military records available for the last name Cox. For the veterans among your Cox ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cox lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Cox life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Cox in 1940 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

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