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The Snedden name is a habitational name taken on from the place Snowden, in West Yorkshire. The place name is derived from the Old English words "snow," meaning "snow," and "dun," meaning "hill."

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The surname Snedden was first found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, in Snawden in Lauderdale, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Snowden, Sneddan, Sneddon, Snedden, Snawdone and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Snedden research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1616, 1688, 1763, 1640 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Snedden History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Snedden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Snedden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • William Snedden who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1755

Snedden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Richard Snedden, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • William Snedden, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873

Snedden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Snedden, aged 33, a coal miner, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Anglia"
  • Walter Snedden, aged 34, a coal miner, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Anglia"
  • Jane Snedden, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"

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  • Thomas Snedden, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wyoming, 1916
  • Stephen Snedden (b. 1971), American actor
  • Martin Snedden (b. 1958), New Zealand cricketer
  • Colin Snedden (b. 1918), New Zealand cricketer
  • Bob Snedden (1867-1931), South African rugby union footballer
  • Robert Snedden, Diplomat
  • Rt. Hon. Billy Snedden (1926-1987), Australian MP


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  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Snedden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Snedden 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.

This page was last modified on 25 January 2016 at 14:46.

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