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Gender: Male Meaning of Knox: "round hill" Origin of Knox: Scottish Knox's Popularity in 2018: #219

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 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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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!