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The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name Snell come from its first bearer, who was a brisk or active person. Snell 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 or lively.

Snell Early Origins



The surname Snell 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.

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Snell Spelling Variations


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Snell Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Snell has been spelled many different ways, including Snell, Snel and others.

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Snell Early History


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Snell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Snell 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 Snell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Snell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Snell Early Notables (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 Snell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Snells to arrive in North America:

Snell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas and John Snell settled in Virginia in 1656
  • John Snell, who landed in Virginia in 1656
  • Mary Snell, who landed in Virginia in 1658
  • Roger Snell, who landed in Maryland in 1661
  • John Snell, who arrived in Virginia in 1665-1666
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Snell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Snell, who landed in New York in 1715
  • Jan Adam Snell, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Johann Jeremiah Snell, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Major and Mrs. Elizabeth Snell who settled in New York State in 1774 with their children Elizabeth, and Richard

Snell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Snell, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Ana Sophia Snell, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Johst Snell, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Lewis Snell, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • James Snell, aged 31, arrived in Virginia in 1813
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Snell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Barnard Snell U.E., (Barnett, Schnell) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Snell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • P. Snell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dumfries" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DUMFRIES 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Dumfries.gif
  • Mary Snell, aged 24, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ISABELLA WATSON 1845. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1845IsabellaWatson.htm
  • William Snell, aged 29, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ISABELLA WATSON 1845. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1845IsabellaWatson.htm
  • Sarah Ann Snell, aged 1, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ISABELLA WATSON 1845. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1845IsabellaWatson.htm
  • John Snell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Santipore" in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Snell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Snell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • John Snell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • William Charles Snell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • H. W. Snell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir George Grey" in 1864
  • Susan Snell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Winterthur" in 1866
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Snell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Snell (post 1700)



  • William "Pete" Snell (d. 1956), American popular sports car racer whose death of head injuries inspired research and education about safety helmets under the Snell Memorial Foundation name
  • David Snell (1921-1987), American reporter and cartoonist
  • Earl Wilcox Snell (1895-1947), Oregon businessman and the 23rd Governor of Oregon
  • Ada Jack Carver Snell (1890-1972), American short story writer
  • George D. Snell (1903-1996), American geneticist and co-winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Philip Snell (1929-2014), British livestock breeder, chief steward for the Royal Bath and West Show
  • Hannah Snell (1723-1792), British woman who disguised herself as a man and became a soldier
  • Peter George Snell KNZM, MBE (b. 1938), former New Zealand Olympic athlete
  • Henry Snell (1865-1944), 1st Baron Snell, a British socialist politician

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Snell Historic Events


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Snell Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. John Snell (b. 1905), English Chief Engine Room Artificer serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Snell


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Suggested Readings for the name Snell



  • The Snell Family by Jane Lawrence Stone.

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DUMFRIES 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Dumfries.gif
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ISABELLA WATSON 1845. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1845IsabellaWatson.htm

Other References

  1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. 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.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Snell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Snell 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 29 November 2016 at 09:38.

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