Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a brisk or active person. Snellman 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.
Early Origins of the Snellman family
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 Snellman family
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Snellman Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Snellman have been found, including Snell, Snel and others.
Early Notables of the Snellman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Snellman family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Snellman surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: Major and Mrs. Elizabeth Snell who settled in New York State in 1774; with their children Elizabeth, and Richard; Mary Snell settled in Barbados in 1682 with her husband.
Contemporary Notables of the name Snellman (post 1700)
The Snellman 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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