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Gender: Male Meaning of Knox: "round hill" Origin of Knox: Scottish Knox's Popularity in 2017: #232

The name Knox is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "round hill". Knox is ranked #232 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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 nameslist 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.

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Famous People Named Knox

Knox Martin, American painter and sculptor
Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt (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 Knox, English theologian and novelist
John Knox, Scottish religious reformer

Pop Culture References for the name Knox

Knox Overstreet, character in film "Dead Poet's Society"
Knox, character on TV's "Angel"
Knoxville, a city in Tennessee, USA, also named after Henry Knox
Knox Gelatin, gelatin brand
Knox Harrington, The video artist, character in The Big Lebowski
Knox Callaghan, character in "All Chained Up" by Sophie Jordan
Fort Knox, military post & reservation in KY, USA (site of the US Gold Depository since 1936; named in honor of Henry Knox)
Knox, character in Brandon Mull's "Dragonwatch" series

Comments

thenamer007 Says:

2017-11-01T01:33:23

Cool! I don't live in Dallas haha

Carolinekalmes Says:

2017-08-13T19:11:13

Preston and Knox are both main streets in Dallas 😊

alicia love (Killinsheila) Says:

2017-08-02T15:11:52

ACTUALLY THERE IS A BOOK BY DR SUESS THAT IS CALLED "FOX IN SOX" AND THE BOYS NAME IS KNOX...MY SON LOVES IT SINCE HIS NAME IS KNOX

Samsonite Says:

2017-03-23T17:06:59

I put this in the same category as other "X"-ending names like Jax and Maddox. Won't age well, by decade or age, when the man actually has to put this on a resume.

Chae-Eun Says:

2017-01-12T09:46:22

I like this name because of "Nox" in Harry Potter.

paulapuddephatt Says:

2016-11-19T23:13:58

Not my usual style of name, but I really like this

-EagleEyes- Says:

2016-09-06T13:58:39

Knox has the perfect amount of spunk and badass feel. It's cool on a kid, but still wearable by an adult. There's a lot to love in that one syllable. Plus, it's heard of but not crazy popular! I absolutely love this name.

thenamer007 Says:

2016-03-27T20:33:19

It reminds me of the name Preston for some reason. It's a cute name.

EW314 Says:

2016-01-29T15:44:30

I like it, but I wouldn't because of Brangelina.

Jessica Morgan Says:

2015-11-14T19:04:07

Knox is my maiden name and I have been set on using it for a boy long before Bradgelina. It is annoying me how popular it is becoming! Stop it. lol

RoddyThlayli Says:

2015-11-13T02:05:05

My friend's younger sister had a crush on a guy names Knox. I just think of evil characters from Angel. Still a nice name, though.

sugarplumlilac Says:

2015-10-17T18:05:16

Great to know as we are naming our son Knox this coming February!!

eveyalecia Says:

2015-05-14T06:30:02

I remember watching Dead Poet's Society for the first time and loving this name... I thought it was so "out there" yet sounded really cool! I'm actually glad Brangelina dusted this one off, as it's been a longtime favorite of mine. I certainly don't agree that it would be the cause of an abundance of playground teasing-- there are so many worse names out there! And I think people forget that kids tend to take things in stride-- as long as the name isn't obviously related to a "dirty word" or something, they're not going to care.

Killinsheila Says:

2014-11-11T16:31:26

I had this name picked out long before ol'brad and angie and held tight until the birth of my son Knox Joseph! before he was born people/friends/family expressed concern about him being teased (much like the people below) however I have experienced nothing but compliments. when you look at him and say his name its just A COOL BADASS NAME :)

BabyNameCrazy95 Says:

2014-10-19T09:36:54

I can just imagine kits knocking on he's head bullying him saying knock knock who's there etc :/ x

Zoey_Artemisia Says:

2014-10-19T06:46:56

It sounds like something out of a Doctor Suess book to me.

Guest Says:

2014-10-19T05:14:56

Stunning and handsome when written but it sounds weird to me, I think of knocking on a door (which could bring to mind "opportunity" so that could be a plus).

basilietea Says:

2014-08-16T16:02:18

I would like it, but when I first read it I thought it was made up. It could be nice, though... like Knox Overstreet.

Marci Vandeweert Wade Says:

2014-07-09T04:25:49

This is our sons name - Knox Everett. Everyone thought we were joking when we named him, but it fits him perfectly! He is a super happy, playful, giggly kid!