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

Snellgrove is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the location of Snellgrove found in the county of Wiltshire. Snell was a personal name that denoted one who was active and lively. Habitation names form a broad category of surnames that were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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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 Snellgrove family name include Snelgrove, Snellgrove and others.

First found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Redlynch, 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 Snellgrove research. Another 240 words(17 lines of text) covering the year 1640 is included under the topic Early Snellgrove History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Snellgrove family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 114 words(8 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, Canada, 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 Snellgrove surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Snellgrove Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Henry Snellgrove, aged 21, landed in Virginia in 1684

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  • Mr. George Snellgrove (d. 1912), aged 40, English Junior Fourth Engineer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • David Snellgrove, Professor of Tibetan Studies at The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • John Snellgrove, Diplomat


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The Snellgrove Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Snellgrove 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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