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

The first people to use the name Snodgrass were a family of Strathclyde- Britons who lived in the Scottish/English Borderlands. The name comes from when someone 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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Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Snodgrass has appeared as Snodgrass, Snodgers, Snedgrass, Snadgrass and others.

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.


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

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More information is included under the topic Early Snodgrass Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Snodgrass 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.

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The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Snodgrass Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Neil Snodgrass, who landed in Virginia in 1785

Snodgrass Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Snodgrass, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Andrew and Mrs. Snodgrass arrived in Philadelphia in 1822
  • James Snodgrass, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • James, Robert, Samuel, and William Snodgrass all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865
  • John Snodgrass, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856

Snodgrass Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Hugh Snodgrass, aged 44, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Macedon"
  • Hugh Snodgrass arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Macedon" in 1849

Snodgrass Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • David Snodgrass landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • J. Snodgrass arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1861

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  • Carrie Snodgrass (1946-2004), American Academy Award nominated actress
  • Fred Snodgrass (1887-1974), American Major League Baseball player
  • William R. Snodgrass (1922-2008), American politician, Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury (1955-1999)
  • Mary Ellen Snodgrass (b. 1944), American author
  • William De Witt "W.D." Snodgrass (1926-2009), American poet awarded the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Robert Evans "R.E." Snodgrass (1875-1962), American entomologist and artist
  • Richard Thomas Snodgrass (b. 1955), American computer scientist and writer, currently employed as a professor at the University of Arizona
  • Charles Edward Snodgrass (1866-1936), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee (1899-1903)
  • Henry Clay Snodgrass (1837-1906), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee (1891-1895)
  • Robert Snodgrass (b. 1987), Scottish footballer

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  • The Neal, Harbison, Snodgrass, Miller, and Related Families by Thomes Howe R. Neal.
  • Oregon Pioneers of 1852 and 1853: the Snodgrass, Deckard and Moore Families by Willetta Moore Smith.
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The Snodgrass Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Snodgrass 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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