The surname Fox is of English origin.The name is a nickname from the animal so named,Middle English ‘fox’.It of course denoted a cunning individual,but could also have been given for other anecdotal reosons,such as someone possesed of red hair.The somewhat sly and cunning individual would receive this nickname;it was not intended to be actually uncomplimentary ,or the name would not have been frequently and willingly accepted.Today a man can still be spoken of as ‘foxing’,or being ‘as cunning as a fox’.This relatively common and readily understood surname has absorbed some early Germanic surnames,such as;Fowkes,Fawkes and Foulkes.The Irish have used the name as an anglicization of the Gaelic name,Mac an Sionnaigh,signifying the ‘son of the fox’.Jewish people have also adopted the name as an anglicization of like sounding Hebrew names.The surname is also a patronymic of the Low German given name Fock.The name dates to the twelfth century were a Hugo le Fox is recorded in historical archives.The name was brought to America… Coat of arms: Or, on a chevron gule…
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