The name Snookes is most likely derived from the Old English word "snoc," which is a projecting piece of land. There is also a popular tale that the surname came from the place name Sevenoaks, in Kent
, which was often pronounced "Se noaks." The town's name is derived from the Saxon word "Seouenaca", the name given to a small chapel near seven oak trees in Knole Park around 800 AD
Early Origins of the Snookes family
The surname Snookes was first found in Kent
where Eduuardus Snoch was listed in 1066 in the Domesday Book
. Other early references include Stenesnoc in Hampshire
, and John and Thomas Snok in the Domesday of St. Paul's in 1222. Later records show Robert Shouk in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1327. And it is from this latter reference that the relationship to the aforementioned "Sevenoaks" is best shown. For it is here that Sussex
deeds show a family of Snooks having many spelling variations
from Sevenoaks to S'noaks. The name was pronounced "Sennocke" at the time and this pronunciation is still used at times in various places.
Early History of the Snookes family
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Snookes Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Snooks, Snook, Snooke, Snookes, Snouke, Snoukes and others.
Early Notables of the Snookes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Snookes family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: David Snook and his wife Elizabeth and son John who settled in Georgia in 1733; Adam Snook arrived in New Jersey in 1755; James Snooke settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630.
Contemporary Notables of the name Snookes (post 1700)
- Eric Snookes (b. 1955), former English footballer who played from 1972 to 1984