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Where did the German Snider family come from? What is the German Snider family crest and coat of arms? When did the Snider family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Snider family history?

The ancestral home of the Snider family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Snider is an occupational hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a person who worked as a tailor. This name is derived from the Old German word "snidanaere," which refers to a cloth cutter or a clothing tailor.


In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Snider include Schneidern, Schneidter, Schneyder, Schneid and many more.

First found in the Palatinate, in the south of Germany, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the growth of the nation.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Snider research. Another 283 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1649, 1757, 1786, 1790, 1810, 1820, and 1853 are included under the topic Early Snider History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Snider Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Snider, or one of its variants above:

Snider Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Snider, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Christopher Snider, who arrived in New Jersey in 1730
  • John Adm Snider, aged 41, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Martin Snider, aged 31, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Phillip Snider, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739

Snider Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Snider, aged 18, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1832
  • Henry Snider, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1836
  • Cloude Snider, who arrived in New York in 1842
  • Theobold Snider, aged 47, landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1843
  • John Snider, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855

Snider Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Elias Snider, who landed in Canada in 1830
  • Jacob C Snider, who arrived in Canada in 1830
  • Jacob E Snider, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Jacob I Snider, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • John C Snider, who landed in Canada in 1831


  • Van Voorhees Snider (d. 1963), American former Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Clifton Mark Snider (b. 1947), American poet, novelist, literary critic, scholar, and educator
  • Albert Snider (b. 1948), American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey
  • Travis James Snider (b. 1988), American Major League Baseball player
  • George "Ziggy" Snider (b. 1940), retired American race car driver
  • Daniel "Dee" Snider (b. 1955), American singer-songwriter, screenwriter, radio personality, and actor
  • Dwain Snider, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Shelby County; Elected 1964
  • Dolores Snider, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wetzel County, 1940
  • Ferd P. Snider, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1920 (alternate), 1944; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Oklahoma 2nd District, 1946
  • Frank T. Snider (1869-1940), American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Albany County 1st District, 1924; Albany County Sheriff, 1940



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The Snider Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Snider 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.

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