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Origin and Meaning of Cox

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  • According to a user from United Kingdom, the name Cox means "Red".
  • According to a user from Mississippi, United States, the name Cox means "From The Red Hills".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cox
A coxcomb; a simpleton; a gull.

Etymology: OE. cokes. Cf. Coax

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  1. The helmsman of a ship's boat or a racing crew
  2. Either of two related enzymes that control the production of prostaglandins and are blocked by aspirin
  3. Act as the coxswain, in a boat race
  1. A coxswain of a boat, especially of a racing crew.

cox was also found in the following language(s): Chol and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Cox

Cox was born in 1760. He left this life in 1799.


Cox Habbema is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1966. Cox was born on March 21st, 1944 in Amsterdam.


He holds the title Governor of Maui. Cox was born as the child of Keeaumoku Pāpaiahiahi in 1784. Cox is also known as George Cox Kahekili Keʻeaumoku II and Keʻeaumoku ʻOpio. He left this life on March 23rd, 1824.


Cox was born in 1835. Cox is also known as Edghill and John Cox. He passed away in 1917.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Cox

Courteney Cox is an actress, producer, and director. She has been prominent since 1984. Courteney was given the name Courteney Bass Cox on June 15th, 1964 in Mountain Brook, Alabama, U.S. Courteney is also known as Courteney Cox Arquette.


Laverne Cox is an actor, reality television, television producer, activism, actress, reality television star, and activist. Laverne was born in Mobile, Alabama, United States.


Brian Cox is an actor. He was most active from 1965 to present. Brian was given the name Brian Denis Cox on June 1st, 1946 in Dundee.


Charlie Cox is an actor. He has been prominent since 2002. Charlie was given the name Charlie Thomas Cox on December 15th, 1982 in London, England, United Kingdom.


Jo Cox is a for Batley, Spen, and Member of parliament. Her ongoing career started in 2015. Jo was born on June 22nd, 1974 in Batley, England.


Dick Sargent was an actor. He was most prominent from 1954 to 1993. Dick was given the name Richard Stanford Cox on April 19th, 1930 in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Dick is also known as Richard Sargent, Richard Cox, and Dick Cox. He passed away on July 8th, 1994.


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Popularity of Cox as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cox U.S.
  White 82.62% 64.26%
  African American 12.07% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.50% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.67% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.82% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.33% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cox

People with the last name Cox are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Cox

  • How Popular is the name Cox? As a last name Cox was the 78th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Cox first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Cox is Tuesday, January 6th, 1880.
  • How unique is the name Cox? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Cox. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Cox: Your name in reverse order is Xoc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cxo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cox? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 261,231 people with the last name Cox.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cox? Cox was ranked as the 78th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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