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Where did the English Snow family come from? What is the English Snow family crest and coat of arms? When did the Snow family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Snow family history?Snow is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal name for the son of Snow, a personal name in the same group of names that also included Winter and Frost. These personal names were given to children as a result of prevailing weather conditions during their birth. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Snow have been found, including Snow, Snowe and others.
First found in Rutland where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066. In pre-historical times Snow was the name of a King of Denmark with which there may be a conjectural perhaps legendary connection.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Snow research. Another 171 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1679, 1749, 1593, 1597, 1600, 1667, 1640, 1648 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Snow History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 91 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Snow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Snow family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 97 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Snow, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Snow Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Snow Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Snow Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Snow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Snow 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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