Knox Family History

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Knox Name Meaning

Scottish, northern English, and northern Irish: 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 one of the places in Scotland and northern England named with this element, now spelled Knock, in particular one in Renfrewshire. The surname is also borne by eastern Ashkenazic Jews as an Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Knox Family Origin

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Knox Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Knox occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Knox's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Knox family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Knox.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Knox Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 299,000 census records available for the last name Knox. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Knox census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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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Draft Card

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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Knox Life Expectancy

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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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