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

The Snedden name is a habitational name taken on from the place Snowden, in West Yorkshire. The place name is derived from the Old English words "snow," meaning "snow," and "dun," meaning "hill."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Snowden, Sneddan, Sneddon, Snedden, Snawdone and many more.

First found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, in Snawden in Lauderdale, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Snedden research. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1616, 1688, 1763, 1640 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Snedden History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 53 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Snedden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Snedden Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • William Snedden who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1755

Snedden Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Richard Snedden, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • William Snedden, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873

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  • Stephen Snedden (b. 1971), American actor
  • Rt. Hon. Billy Snedden (1926-1987), Australian MP
  • Robert Snedden, Diplomat
  • Bob Snedden (1867-1931), South African rugby union footballer
  • Colin Snedden (b. 1918), New Zealand cricketer
  • Martin Snedden (b. 1958), New Zealand cricketer


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  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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The Snedden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Snedden 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.

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