Cox Family Crest


Cox family crest

Meaning of the colors on the Cox family crest

Argent (silver) - represents peaceful and sincere nature of the Cox family.

Or (Gold) - signifies the historical generosity of this ancient family.

Azure (blue) - represents this family's loyalty and truthful nature.

Gules (red) - symbolizes martyrdom and the Cox family historic military strength when needed.


 Meaning of the symbols on the Cox family crest 

The Lion - represents ferociousness, bravery and valour, one of the most desirable family crest symbols.

The goat - symbolises wisdom and the successful pursuit of wisdom by family members.

The horizontal bars across the shield signifies people who uphold the highest standards of religion and honor. 


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Origins of the Cox family name

The name Cox is believed to be of English and Irish origin.
In England, the name was first found in Devon, where the Cox family held a family seat from ancient times.
The name is derived from the Old English word "cox and coxe' which mean "wood cock" and "cook" respectively, likely an occupational orgin.
In Gaelic, the translation means 'son of a woodcock or rooster' stemming from the Irish name 'Mac an Choiligh'.
In Ireland, where it is believed to be of Norman origin.

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Summary of the Cox family and the Cox family crest

  • The first recorded use of the name Cox was in the Domesday Book of 1086.
  • The Cox family were originally from the county of Devon in England.
  • The Cox family were one of the 14 families who were granted a coat of arms by King Henry VIII in 1525.
  • The Cox family was one of the "Tribes of Galway" - a group of fourteen merchant families who dominated trade in the city of Galway in Ireland during the medieval period.
  • The name Cox was first recorded in the "Domesday Book" of 1086, which was a survey of England and Wales ordered by William the Conqueror.
  • In the 17th century, the Cox family acquired the estate of Ballynakilla in County Cork, which remained in their hands until the early 20th century.
  • A number of members of the Cox family served as High Sheriff of Cork during the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • The Cox family were closely associated with the Church of Ireland, and several members held high office within the Church.
  • The Cox family owned the manor of Horsham in the county of Sussex in England from the 12th century until the early 20th century.
  • The Cox family were Puritans who emigrated to America in the early 1600s
  • The first Cox in America was John Cox, who arrived in Virginia in 1620.
  • The family then spread further across America in the 1600s with John Cox's son, Richard, was the first Cox to settle in Massachusetts, in 1640.