When Ira William Fox was born on 28 July 1862, in Stephenson, Illinois, United States, his father, John Pitner Fox, was 35 and his mother, Margaret Jane Dimick, was 28. He married Edith Agnes Sloat in 1887. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Florence, Stephenson, Illinois, United States in 1910 and Freeport Township, Stephenson, Illinois, United States in 1920. He died on 11 March 1934, in Freeport, Stephenson, Illinois, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Freeport, Stephenson, Illinois, United States.
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 .