Snelman is a name of Anglo-Saxon
origin. It was a name given to a brisk or active person. Snelman 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 Snelman family
The surname Snelman 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 Snelman family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Snelman 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 Snelman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Snelman Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Snelman were recorded, including Snell, Snel and others.
Early Notables of the Snelman 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 Snelman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Snelman family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Snelman family emigrate to North America: 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.
The Snelman 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.