When Richard Fox was born about 1712, his father, Edward Fox, was 23 and his mother, Mary Humphry, was 21. He had at least 2 sons and 1 daughter with Elizabeth Trounce.
English: nickname from a word denoting the animal (Middle English, Old English fox), widely used to denote a sly or cunning individual. It was also used for someone with red hair. In England this surname absorbed some early examples of surnames derived from the ancient Germanic personal names mentioned at Faulks and Foulks .
Irish: part translation of Gaelic Mac an tSionnaigh ‘son of the fox’ (see Tinney ).
Irish: also adopted for Ó Catharnaigh, see Kearney .