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Where did the English Sennoks family come from? What is the English Sennoks family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sennoks family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sennoks family history?

The name Sennoks is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in an area that was defined by seven oak trees. Sennoks is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. During the Middle Ages, as society became more complex, individuals needed a way to be distinguishable from others. Toponymic surnames were developed as a result of this need. Various features in the landscape or area were used to distinguish people from one another. In this case the original bearers of the surname Sennoks were named due to their close proximity to the seven oakes.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Sennoks family name include Snook, Snooks, Snukes, Sevenoak, Sevenoaks, Sevenoke, Sevenokes, Sinnox, Sinnocks, Sennocke, Sennox, Sevenocke, Sevenockes, Snooke, Snouk, Snouks, Sinnicks, Shinnicks, Shinnocks, Chennix and many more.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat at Sevenoke from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sennoks research. Another 283 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1418, 1765 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Sennoks History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Sennoks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Sennoks family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Sennoks surname or a spelling variation of the name include : George Snouks who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants; James Snooke settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630; David Snook, his wife and son Joe settled in Georgia in 1733.

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The Sennoks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sennoks Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 21 January 2014 at 09:28.

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