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Snoddy was first used as a surname in the Scottish/English Borderlands by the Strathclyde-Briton. The first Snoddy family lived at the town of Snodgrass in the county of Ayrshire. The name of this place is derived from the Northern Old English words snod, meaning smooth, and grass, meaning grass.

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The surname Snoddy was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Snoddy has been spelled Snodgrass, Snodgers, Snedgrass, Snadgrass and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Snoddy research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1578, and 1686 are included under the topic Early Snoddy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Snoddy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Snoddy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 264 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlanti c. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:

Snoddy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Snoddy, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Mary Snoddy, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772
  • Samuel Snoddy, who landed in South Carolina in 1772

Snoddy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Snoddy, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1895

Snoddy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John Snoddy, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Larna, Ireland, in 1907
  • David Snoddy, aged 34, who landed in America from Greenock, Scotland, in 1908
  • Helen Snoddy, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Greenock, Scotland, in 1908
  • Francis Snoddy, aged 24, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1910
  • Ernest Snoddy, aged 25, who settled in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1920
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Snoddy Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Irene Snoddy, aged 15, who emigrated to Vancouver, Canada, in 1920
  • Sarah J. Snoddy, aged 36, who emigrated to Vancouver, Canada, in 1920
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  • John C. Snoddy, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1924
  • Sean Snoddy (b. 1962), Irish professional footballer
  • Stephen Snoddy, Irish Curator and Gallery Director
  • Raymond Snoddy OBE, Irish-born, British journalist, television presenter, author and media commentator
  • Alan Snoddy (b. 1955), retired Northern Irish football referee
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    Other References

    1. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    4. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    7. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
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