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Meaning and Origin of: Knox

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : From the hills

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Last name origin & 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.

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