COX - Name Meaning & Origin

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COX Surname Meaning & Origin:

1) Form of COCK (little), -a term of endearment (i.e. WILLCOX, little Will), often used to denote a leader or chief man.

2) Possibly originated from the Welsh word coch, meaning "red."

3) Cox could also be a locality descriptive surname for heap, haycock, or hillcock.

Cox is the 72nd most popular surname in the United States. Ward is also popular in England, coming in as the 62nd most common surname.

Surname Origin:

English, French, Welsh, Irish

Alternate Surname Spellings:


Genealogy Resources for the Surname COX:

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.