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Origin and Meaning of Fox

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  • A user from Illinois, United States says the name Fox is of Hebrew origin and means "Savage".
  • A submission from Georgia, United States says the name Fox means "The animal, the fox".
  • According to a user from Canada, the name Fox means "Protector of gods children".
Other origins: English and Scottish

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Fox
  1. [Zoöl] A carnivorous animal of the genus Vulpes, family Canidæ, of many species. The European fox (V. vulgaris or V. vulpes), the American red fox (V. fulvus), the American gray fox (V. Virginianus), and the arctic, white, or blue, fox (V. lagopus) are well-known species."Subtle as the fox for prey." [Shak.]
  2. [Zoöl] The European dragonet.
  3. [Zoöl] The fox shark or thrasher shark; -- called also sea fox. See Thrasher shark, under Shark.
  4. A sly, cunning fellow.(Colloq)"We call a crafty and cruel man a fox." [Beattie.]
  5. [Naut] Rope yarn twisted together, and rubbed with tar; -- used for seizings or mats.
  6. A sword; -- so called from the stamp of a fox on the blade, or perhaps of a wolf taken for a fox.(Obs)"Thou diest on point of fox." [Shak.]
  7. pl.[Ethnol] A tribe of Indians which, with the Sacs, formerly occupied the region about Green Bay, Wisconsin; -- called also Outagamies.

Note: ☞ The black or silver-gray fox is a variety of the American red fox, producing a fur of great value; the cross-gray and woods-gray foxes are other varieties of the same species, of less value. The common foxes of Europe and America are very similar; both are celebrated for their craftiness. They feed on wild birds, poultry, and various small animals.

Etymology: AS. fox; akin to D. vos, G. fuchs, OHG. fuhs foha, Goth. faúhō, Icel. fōa fox, fox fraud; of unknown origin, cf. Skr. puccha tail. Cf. Vixen

verb Fox
  1. To intoxicate; to stupefy with drink."I drank . . . so much wine that I was almost foxed." [Pepys.]
  2. To make sour, as beer, by causing it to ferment.
  3. To repair the feet of, as of boots, with new front upper leather, or to piece the upper fronts of.

Etymology: See Fox (n.), cf. Icel. fox imposture

verb Fox
To turn sour; -- said of beer, etc., when it sours in fermenting.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Alert carnivorous mammal with pointed muzzle and ears and a bushy tail; most are predators that do not hunt in packs
  2. The Algonquian language of the Fox
  3. A member of an Algonquian people formerly living west of Lake Michigan along the Fox River
  4. A shifty deceptive person
  5. English religious leader who founded the Society of Friends (1624-1691)
  6. English statesman who supported American independence and the French Revolution (1749-1806)
  7. The grey or reddish-brown fur of a fox
  8. Become discolored with, or as if with, mildew spots
  9. Be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
  10. Deceive somebody
  1. A surname​ derived from the name of the animal.
  2. A male given name
  3. (US, broadcasting, uncountable) Fox Broadcasting Company, a large television network from the USA.
    I watched a great show on last night.
  4. (soccer) Someone connected with Leicester City Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.
  5. (dated) A member of the Outagamie or Meskwaki, a Native American people.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Fox

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How popular is the baby name Fox in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1888 5 0 5
1930 5 0 5
1933 5 0 5
1995 19 0 19
1996 28 0 28
1997 43 0 43
1998 42 0 42
1999 46 0 46
2000 38 0 38
2001 44 0 44
2002 28 0 28
2003 41 0 41
2004 53 0 53
2005 55 0 55
2006 41 0 41
2007 65 0 65
2008 81 0 81
2009 91 0 91
2010 90 0 90
2011 87 0 87
2012 96 0 96
2013 151 0 151
2014 171 7 164
2015 201 6 195
2016 337 12 325
2017 313 10 303
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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Popularity of Fox as a first name

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Popularity of Fox as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Fox U.S.
  White 88.08% 64.26%
  African American 6.06% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.56% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.03% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.84% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.42% 16.26%

Of Last Name Fox

People with the last name Fox are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Fox

  • How Popular is the name Fox? Fox is the 6,431st most popular name of all time. As a last name Fox was the 180th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Fox have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,176 babies born with the first name Fox in the United States. That's more than enough people named Fox to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Fox? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1888 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Fox first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Fox is Thursday, November 22nd, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Fox born? The highest recorded use of the first name Fox was in 2016 with a total of 325 babies.
  • Random Fox Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Fox is not a popular baby boy's name in Michigan. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Michigan have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Fox: Your name in reverse order is Xof. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Fxo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Fox? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 152,334 people with the last name Fox.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Fox? Fox was ranked as the 180th 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).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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