Snelgrove History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Snelgrove comes from when the family resided in the location of Snellgrove found in the county of Wiltshire. Snell was a personal name that denoted one who was active and lively. Habitation names form a broad category of surnames that were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Snelgrove family

The surname Snelgrove was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Redlynch, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Snelgrove family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Snelgrove research. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1640 is included under the topic Early Snelgrove History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Snelgrove Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Snelgrove has been recorded under many different variations, including Snelgrove, Snellgrove and others.

Early Notables of the Snelgrove family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Snelgrove family to Ireland

Some of the Snelgrove family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Snelgrove migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Snelgrove or a variant listed above:

Snelgrove Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anne Snelgrove, who settled in Lower Island Cove, Newfoundland in 1756 [1]
Snelgrove Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Snelgrove who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1840

Canada Snelgrove migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Snelgrove Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Snelgrove held a fishing room at Grates Cove, Newfoundland in 1800 [1]
  • Abraham Snelgrove was a planter of Hants Harbour, Newfoundland in 1836 [1]
  • George Snelgrove held a fishing room at Garnish, Newfoundland in 1871 [1]

Australia Snelgrove migration to Australia +

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

Snelgrove Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Snelgrove, British Convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land)1836 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Snelgrove (post 1700) +

  • Richard Snelgrove, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Utah 2nd District, 1988; Presidential Elector for Utah, 1992; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 2008 [3]
  • Charles Rich Snelgrove (1887-1976), American founder of Snelgrove Ice Cream, Salt Lake City, Utah in 1929
  • Donald George Snelgrove (1925-1981), English clergyman, Suffragan Bishop of Hull from 1981 until 1994
  • Donald George Snelgrove (1925-2016), British cleric, Suffragan Bishop of Hull from 1981 until 1994
  • Ralph Trapnell Snelgrove (1914-1990), Newfoundland-born, Canadian radio and television pioneer who obtained one of the first television licences in Canada
  • Lloyd Snelgrove (b. 1956), Canadian politician in Alberta
  • Anne Christine Snelgrove (b. 1957), British Labour Party politician
  • Josiah Snelgrove (b. 1986), Canadian soccer player from Hartland, New Brunswick
  • Timothy Snelgrove, Canadian founder of Timothy's World Coffee in 1975

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Colin Snelgrove (b. 1920), English Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Southampton, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [4]


  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1835
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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