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Gender: M Meaning of Knox: "round hill" Origin of Knox: Scottish Knox's Popularity in 2016: #245

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 Social Security list's Top 1000 in 2009.

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.

Knox is a strong name that has already begun being adopted by other parents, following in the footsteps of brother Maddox--in just a few years it has moved to the Top 300 on the USA Most Popular list.

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)