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Early Origins of the Snape family

The surname Snape was first found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Early records reveal Agnes del Snappe in a Huntingdonshire record of 1242; John atte Sneppe in the 1327 Subsidy Rolls of Sussex; and Robert de Snape in the 1355 Feet of Fines of Yorkshire. Later, we found Roger Snape in the 1525 Subsidy Rolls of Sussex. The name is derived from the Old English word "snaep" or the Old Norman word "snap" which means "dweller by the pasture."

Early History of the Snape family

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Snape Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Snape, Snappe, Snepe, Snapes and others.

Early Notables of the Snape family

Notables of the family at this time include

  • Richard Snappe of Faller in Oxfordshire; Andrew Snape (the younger), serjeant farrier to Charles II, and author of The Anatomy of an Horse (1683); and his son, Andrew Snape (1675-1742), an English cle...
  • Edmund Snape (fl. 1576-1608), was an English Puritan who took deacon's orders in 1575, but inclining to the Presbyterian views on ordination, he declared that he did not consider himself a full minist...

United States Snape migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Snape Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jane Snape, who landed in Virginia in 1648 [1]
  • Edd Snape, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 [1]

Australia Snape migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Snape Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Snape, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. John Snape, (b. 1798), aged 40, English ribbon weaver who was convicted in Coventry, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 25th June 1838, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1874 [3]
  • Miss Mary Snape, (Evans, Maria, Arbery), (b. 1831), aged 19, English house maid who was convicted in Birmingham, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Emma Eugenia" on 25th October 1850, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), she died in 1864 [4]

West Indies Snape migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [5]
Snape Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. John Snape, aged 22 who arrived in St. Kitts (St Christopher) aboard the ship "Amity" in 1635 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Snape (post 1700) +

  • Joel Snape (b. 1979), English author, famous for having written the Dylan Douglas series
  • Steve Snape (b. 1963), nicknamed "Sanpey", an English former rugby league footballer who retired in 1993
  • William Snape (b. 1985), English actor, best known for his role as Nathan Schofield in the British comedy The Full Monty (1997)
  • Maurice "Desmond" Snape (1923-1992), English cricketer who played from Derbyshire in 1949
  • Martin Snape (1852-1930), English landscape painter who worked in oils, watercolours, engraving, etc
  • Jeremy Snape (b. 1973), English cricketer who has played since 1992
  • Ms. Karin Elizabeth Snape B.E.M., British recipient of Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to Scouting [6]
  • Thomas Snape (1835-1912), British industrialist and Liberal politician, founder of T. Snape and Company, Member for Heywood (1892-1895)
  • Peter Charles Snape (b. 1942), Baron Snape, British politician, Member of Parliament for West Bromwich East (1974-2001)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Snape, British Signalman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking [7]
RMS Titanic
  • Mrs. Lucy Violet Snape (d. 1912), aged 22, English Stewardess from Witley, Surrey who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [8]

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th March 2021). Retrieved from
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th April 2022).
  6. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018,
  7. HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from
  8. Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook