Knox Family History
Knox Name Meaning
Scottish and English (Northumberland and Durham): from a genitive or plural form of Old English cnocc ‘round-topped hill’ hence a topographic name for someone who lived on a hilltop or a habitational name from any of the places in Scotland and northern England named with this element now spelled Knock in particular one in Renfrewshire. Scottish: habitational name from any of the places in Scotland named with Gaelic cnoc ‘hill’ for example Knock in Renfrewshire. It is not possibly to disentangle this from the surname derived from the English etymon mentioned in 1 above. Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) surnames.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022