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

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.


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.

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.


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.


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


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

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

Snyder Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mat Snyder, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906

Snyder Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Snyder, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • Elias Snyder, who landed in Canada in 1836


  • Solomon H Snyder (b. 1938), American neuroscientist, co-winner of the 1982 Wolf Prize in Medicine
  • Bill Snyder (b. 1939), former head football coach of Kansas State University
  • Daniel Snyder (b. 1964), current owner of the Washington Redskins and chairman of Six Flags Inc
  • Ellsworth Snyder (1931-2005), American pianist and abstract artist
  • Gary Snyder (b. 1930), American poet, essayist, social and environmental activist awarded the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • John P. Snyder (1926-1997), American cartographer and author
  • Theodore Frank "Ted" Snyder (1881-1965), American lyricist and composer who wrote "The Sheik of Araby" (1921) and "Who's Sorry Now?" (1923), posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970
  • Timothy D. Snyder (b. 1969), American professor of history at Yale University
  • Tom Snyder (1936-2007), former host of The Late Late Show on CBS
  • John Otterbein Snyder (1867-1943), American zoologist



  • Barth and Schneider (also Snyder) Families by Jack Frederick Snyder.
  • The Jacob Snyder Family History by Loucile Ruth Mayhew Heckman.

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