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The ancestral home of the Snyder family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Snyder is an occupational hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a person who worked as a tailor. This name is derived from the Old German word "snidanaere," which refers to a cloth cutter or a clothing tailor.

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The surname Snyder was first found in the Palatinate, in the south of Germany, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the growth of the nation.

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Snyder include Schneidern, Schneidter, Schneyder, Schneid and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Snyder research. Another 283 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1649, 1757, 1786, 1790, 1810, 1820, and 1853 are included under the topic Early Snyder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Snyder Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Snyder were among of the early German families that came to North America:

Snyder Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hendrick Jansen Snyder, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1609-1664

Snyder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Snyder, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Koenraet Snyder, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Magdelin Snyder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Mathias Snyder, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Susanah Snyder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729
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Snyder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gottlub Snyder, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Margaret Snyder, aged 67, landed in New York in 1802
  • Nicolaus Snyder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Jacob Snyder, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • Joseph Snyder, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
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Snyder Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mat Snyder, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906

Snyder Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Jacob Snyder U.E. who settled in Eastern District, Lancaster [South Glengarry], Ontario c. 1780 he arrived with a wife and 8 children [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Christian Snyder U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Abraham Snyder U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Snyder U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Snyder U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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Snyder Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Snyder, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • Elias Snyder, who landed in Canada in 1836
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  • Melvin Claude Snyder (1898-1972), American Republican politician, Mayor of Kingwood, West Virginia, 1926; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 2nd District, 1947-49; Defeated, 1938, 1948, 1950; Circuit Judge in West Virginia for the 18th Judicial Circuit, 1953-71
  • Martha Snyder, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1948
  • Marshall Snyder, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 18th District, 1918; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1924
  • Marion Gene Snyder (1928-2007), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Kentucky, 1963-65, 1967-87 (3rd District 1963-65, 4th District 1967-87); Defeated, 1964
  • Marcus Snyder, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1916
  • Lewis W. Snyder, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1900-04
  • Leon H. Snyder, American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from Colorado, 1952
  • Leonard W. Snyder, American politician, Mayor of Mexico, Missouri, 1967
  • Lefa Snyder, American politician, Member of Michigan Prohibition Party State Central Committee, 1953
  • L. B. Snyder (1893-1964), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 2nd District, 1937-40; Defeated, 1940
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Snyder Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Anthony  Snyder, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

RMS Titanic

  • Mrs. Nellie Snyder, (née Stevenson), aged 23, American First Class passenger from Minneapolis, Minnesota who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 7
  • Mr. John Pillsbury Snyder, aged 24, American First Class passenger from Minneapolis, Minnesota who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 7
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  • Barth and Schneider (also Snyder) Families by Jack Frederick Snyder.
  • The Jacob Snyder Family History by Loucile Ruth Mayhew Heckman.
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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  6. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
  9. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  10. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
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