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Early Origins of the Snelling family

The surname Snelling was first found in Cambridgeshire where the first recording of the family was found in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Snellinc. [1] Another source confirms this entry and adds that this was in fact, an entry a tenant who held the lands before the Conquest. [2]

It is generally thought that the name was derived from the root surname Snell which was a nickname "for a brisk or active person, from the Middle English snell, quick, lively." [3]

By the time of the Pipe Rolls, Andrew and Brithmarus Snelling were listed in Essex in 1204; Pat Snelling was found in Hertfordshire in 1222; and Rams Snelling was found in Norfolk c. 1250. [4]

Kirby's Quest lists: Walter Snellyng; Michael Snellyng; and John Snellyng, all in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of Edward III's reign.) [5]

Early History of the Snelling family

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Snelling Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Snelling, Snellinc, Snellin, Snellinge and others.

Early Notables of the Snelling family (pre 1700)

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Snelling Ranking

In the United States, the name Snelling is the 8,344th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]

United States Snelling migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Snelling Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Snelling, who settled in New England in 1630
  • William Snelling, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1648 [7]
  • Richard Snelling, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • John Snelling, who landed in New England in 1653 [7]
  • John Snelling, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1657 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Snelling Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Franz Snelling, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782 [7]
Snelling Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Snelling, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [7]
  • Mr. Snelling, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [7]
  • Mr. Snelling, who arrived in Virginia in 1884 [7]

Australia Snelling migration to Australia +

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

Snelling Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Snelling, English convict who was convicted in Bristol, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Chapman" on 12th April 1826, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • Henry Snelling, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840 [9]
  • Elizabeth Snelling, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [10]

New Zealand Snelling 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:

Snelling Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Jane Snelling, (b. 1814), aged 43, British servant travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Glentanner" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd October 1857 [11]

Contemporary Notables of the name Snelling (post 1700) +

  • Barbara Tuttle Weil Snelling (1928-2015), American politician, 76th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont (1993-1997), First Lady of Vermont in 1991 and (1977-1985)
  • Diane B. Snelling (b. 1952), American politician, Republican member of the Vermont State Senate, daughter of Barbara Tuttle Weil Snelling and Richard Arkwright Snelling
  • Walter Otheman Snelling (1880-1965), American chemist and explosives expert who discovered propane, recipient of the Edward Longstreth Medal (1962); Honorary Doctor of Science, Lehigh University
  • William Joseph Snelling (1804-1848), American adventurer, writer, poet, and journalist
  • Richard Arkwright Snelling (1927-1991), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont Republican State Executive Committee, 1963-66; Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, 1964; Governor of Vermont, 1977-85, 1991 [12]
  • Norma Snelling, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1984 [12]
  • George Snelling, American politician, Mayor of Coffeyville, Kansas, 1921 [12]
  • Charles W. Snelling, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 41st District, 2008 [12]
  • Barbara Weil Snelling, American Republican politician, Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, 1993-96 [12]
  • Thomas Snelling (1712-1773), English numismatist who carried on business as a coin-dealer and bookseller at No. 163 Fleet Street, next the Horn Tavern (now Anderton's Hotel)
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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  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.
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  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 28th January 2021, retreived from
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLES KERR 1840. Retrieved from
  10. ^ South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  12. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from on Facebook