Sneddon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Sneddon 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." [1] [2]

"There are hamlets called Upper and Lower Snowden in West Yorkshire, Snowden Close in Cumberland, and a Snowdon Pool in Salop (Shropshire). The great Welsh mountain may occasionally have contributed to this surname by the migration of a Welshman from its neighbourhood." [1]

However, another source notes that the "surname is not likely to have been derived from the famous Welsh mountain. It is probably the name of some English locality." [3]

Early Origins of the Sneddon family

The surname Sneddon was first found in Essex where Henry de Snewedon was listed in the Feet of Fines for 1277. The following year Matthew de Snoudon was listed in the Assize Rolls for Somerset in 1278. [4]

In Somerset, John Snowdone was listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [5]

In Scotland, Snadden and its variants were more common and the name may have originated "from the lands of Snaw-done (1637) or Snawdoune (1649) in the bailliary of Lawderdaill." [6]

Early History of the Sneddon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sneddon research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1616, 1699, 1558, 1744, 1688, 1763, 1640 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Sneddon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sneddon Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Sneddon family (pre 1700)

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Australia Sneddon migration to Australia +

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

Sneddon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mathew Sneddon, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Anglia" [7]
  • Thomas Sneddon, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Anglia" [7]
  • Archibald Sneddon, aged 29, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [8]
  • John Sneddon, aged 24, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega" [9]
  • James Sneddon, aged 18, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega" [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Sneddon migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Sneddon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. David Sneddon, (b. 1825), aged 38, British labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [10]
  • Mrs. Maria Sneddon, (b. 1831), aged 32, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [10]
  • Miss Maria Sneddon, (b. 1850), aged 13, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [10]
  • Miss Rachel Sneddon, (b. 1852), aged 11, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [10]
  • Miss Catherine Sneddon, (b. 1856), aged 7, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Sneddon (post 1700) +

  • Robert Lee "Bob" Sneddon (1921-2012), American NFL football running back for the Washington Redskins and the Detroit Lions (1944-1945)
  • Thomas William Sneddon (1941-2014), American District Attorney of Santa Barbara County from 1983 to 2007
  • Scott Sneddon (b. 1940), American politician, Mayor of Ogden, Utah, 1989 [11]
  • Mr. James Sneddon, British sailor, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • David "Davie" Sneddon MBE (1936-2020), Scottish football player and manager
  • Ian Bruce Sneddon, Scottish physician who identified Sneddon's Syndrome in 1965
  • Megan Sneddon (b. 1985), Scottish female footballer from Bellshill, who plays for Motherwell Ladies
  • Ian Sneddon (b. 1946), Scottish former professional footballer from Duntocher, who played from 1967 to 1977
  • Arthur Sneddon, New Zealand silver medalist wrestler at the 1950 British Empire Games
  • Alan "Snoopy" Sneddon (b. 1958), Scottish former footballer from Baillieston, Glasgow; he played from 1977 to 1996 including a stint with the Scotland U21 National Team in 1978
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. James Sneddon, British sailor, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [12]


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  7. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANGLIA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/anglia1852.shtml
  8. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EPAMINONDAS 1852. Retrieved www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1852.shtml
  9. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/omega1852.shtml
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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