The name Snel is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was a name for someone who was a brisk or active person. Snel is a nickname
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. This surname comes from the Old English word smell,
which means quick
Early Origins of the Snel family
The surname Snel was first found in Gloucestershire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Guiting Grange, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Snel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Snel research.Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1629, 1679, 1701, 1685, 1700, 1694, 1701, 1638, 1717, 1702 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Snel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Snel Spelling Variations
Snel has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Snel have been found, including Snell, Snel and others.
Early Notables of the Snel family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: William Snell of London; Sir John Snell (1629-1679), Scottish-born, founder of the Snell Exhibitions at the University of Oxford; George Snell (died... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Snel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Snel family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Snels to arrive on North American shores:
Snel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Mathys Snel, who landed in New York in 1709 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The Snel Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: In cruce victoria
Motto Translation: Victorious in the Cross.