"round hill"

Knox Origin and Meaning

The name Knox is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "round hill".

Knox is an old Scottish surname that Brad Pitt (whose great-great-grandfather was named Hal Knox Hillhouse) and Angelina Jolie took out of the back cupboard, dusted off, and elevated to coolness--to the point where it entered the popular baby names list in 2009. Knox now ranks among the most influential celebrity baby names.

With Knox, the Jolie-Pitts established their own tradition: instead of their sons bearing the same first inital, they share the final letter 'x'--Maddox, Pax and Knox-- as well as a final 'n' for their middle names. It's celebrity shine has made the formerly obscure Knox one of the most popular Scottish names for boys.

The surname Knox dates back at least to the thirteenth century, and John Knox was the priest who brought about the Reformation in Scotland.

# 208 in the US

Knox Rank in US Top 1000

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Knox Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Knox Popularity

Famous People Named Knox

  • James Knox Polk11th President of the United States
  • Knox MartinAmerican painter and sculptor
  • Knox Leon JoliePitt (2008), son of actors Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt
  • Knox Oliver Weekes (b. 2010)son of musician Dallon Weekes and Breezy Douglas
  • Knox Cameron Patrick Followill (b. 2011)son of musicians Johanna Bennet and Matthew Followill
  • Knox Sterling Hager (b. 2011)son of pro wrestler Jack Swagger
  • Knox Bentley (2013)son of singer Dierks Bentley & Cassidy Black
  • Knox Addison Alan (b. 2013)son of actress Amanda Righetti and Jordan Alan
  • Knox Blue Howey (b. 2015)son of Sarah Shahi and Steve Howey
  • Knox Joseph Kelly (b. 2016)son of baseball player Joe Kelly
  • Ronald KnoxEnglish theologian and novelist
  • John KnoxScottish religious reformer

Knox in Pop Culture

  • Knox Overstreetcharacter in film "Dead Poet's Society"
  • Knoxcharacter on TV's "Angel"
  • Knoxvillea city in Tennessee, USA, also named after Henry Knox
  • Knox Gelatingelatin brand
  • Knox HarringtonThe video artist, character in The Big Lebowski
  • Knox Callaghancharacter in "All Chained Up" by Sophie Jordan
  • Fort Knoxmilitary post & reservation in KY, USA (site of the US Gold Depository since 1936; named in honor of Henry Knox)
  • Knoxcharacter in Brandon Mull's "Dragonwatch" series

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