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Where did the English Snell family come from? What is the English Snell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Snell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Snell family history?The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name Snell come from its first bearer, who was a brisk or active person. Snell is a nickname surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. This surname comes from the Old English word smell, which means quick or lively.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Snell has been spelled many different ways, including Snell, Snel and others.
First found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Guiting Grange, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Snell research. Another 227 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1629 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Snell History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 39 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Snell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Snells to arrive in North America:
Snell Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Snell Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Snell Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: In cruce victoria
Motto Translation: Victorious in the Cross.
The Snell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Snell 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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