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

Snoddy was first used as a surname in the Scottish/English Borderlands by the Strathclyde-Briton. The first Snoddy family lived at the town of Snodgrass in the county of Ayrshire. The name of this place is derived from the Northern Old English words snod, meaning smooth, and grass, meaning grass.


Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Snoddy has been spelled Snodgrass, Snodgers, Snedgrass, Snadgrass and others.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, 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 Snoddy research. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1578, and 1686 are included under the topic Early Snoddy History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Snoddy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 264 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:

Snoddy Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • John Snoddy, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Mary Snoddy, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772
  • Samuel Snoddy, who landed in South Carolina in 1772

Snoddy Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • William Snoddy, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1895

Snoddy Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • John Snoddy, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Larna, Ireland, in 1907
  • David Snoddy, aged 34, who landed in America from Greenock, Scotland, in 1908
  • Helen Snoddy, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Greenock, Scotland, in 1908
  • Francis Snoddy, aged 24, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1910
  • Ernest Snoddy, aged 25, who settled in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1920


  • Alan Snoddy (b. 1955), retired Northern Irish football referee
  • Raymond Snoddy OBE, Irish-born, British journalist, television presenter, author and media commentator
  • Stephen Snoddy, Irish Curator and Gallery Director
  • Sean Snoddy (b. 1962), Irish professional footballer


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