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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


Similar surnames: Knock, Knop, Ko, Knee, Noy, Kos, Krol, Kwon, Noe, Krog

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Where is the Knox family from?

You can see how Knox families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Knox family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Knox families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 120 Knox families living in New York. This was about 16% of all the recorded Knox's in USA. New York had the highest population of Knox families in 1840.
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What did your Knox ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Knox. 16% of Knox men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Knox women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Knox were Farm Laborer and Housekeeper. .

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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 1940

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Farm Laborer
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    9%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Cook
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    5%
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Passenger Lists

There are 39,000 immigration records available for the last name Knox. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 57,000 military records available for the last name Knox. For the veterans among your Knox ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Knox lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Knox life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Knox in 1940 was 53, and 71 in 2004.

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