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- English, Scottish
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From the hilltop
Etymology & Historical Origin - Knox
The name Knox comes from a Scottish and English surname originating from a topographical feature. It comes from an Olde English word “cnocc” which signified a ‘round hill’ and the surname would have developed to indicate a person who dwelled on a hilltop. As a surname, Knox dates back to the 13th century and first appeared in Scotland but was also common in northern England. One of the more famous name bearers was the 16th century Calvinist John Knox who was an outspoken critic against the Catholic Mary, Queen of Scots. Knox went on to lead the Scottish Reformation which reshaped the Church of Scotland and Presbyterian churches worldwide. As a forename, Knox has mainly been used in the United States and dates back to the 19th century.
Popularity of the Name Knox
Knox appeared briefly on the U.S. male naming charts in the late 19th century but was by no means used commonly. Knox as a forename would completely disappear from the charts during the entire 20th century. Abruptly, the name reemerged in 2009. You won’t be surprised to learn that it was a certain celebrity couple responsible for putting this one-syllable name back on the map. Yup, that was Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who named their son Knox Leon in July 2008. This single-handedly had a major impact on the resurgence of Knox’s popularity. Just another shining example of the influences of pop culture in the United States. But there are several other interesting reasons to like this name. First, its Scottish origin gives the name charm and its ‘top of the hill’ etymology furnishes the name with a commanding quality. Secondly, Knox Overstreet was a character in the 1989 coming-of-age film, “Dead Poets Society”. This character gave the name a prep school erudite quality. Lastly, let’s not forget that Fort Knox is where the majority of U.S. gold is kept – indeed a precious commodity. We also like the nickname “Knoxy” (although be careful of “noxious” associations). All in all, Knox holds a pocket-size punch and is not yet overused. We like that it’s a One in numerology – a success and leadership number – suggesting that your little Knox will indeed be the one looking down at the rest of us “from the hilltop”!
Popularity of the Boy Name Knox
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Knox
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Knox
Knox We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Knox.
Popular Songs on Knox
Knox - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Knox.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Knox
Knox - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Knox.
Famous People Named Knox
Famous People Named Knox - Knox Cameron (soccer player)
Children of Famous People Named Knox
Famous People Who Named Their Son Knox - Angelina Jolie (actress/activist); Brad Pitt (actor)
Knox - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Knox - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Knox.
Personality of the Boy Name Knox
The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged. They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.
Variations of the Baby Name - Knox