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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2015

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

Snow is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal name for the son of Snow, a personal name in the same group of names that also included Winter and Frost. These personal names were given to children as a result of prevailing weather conditions during their birth. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Snow have been found, including Snow, Snowe and others.

First found in Rutland where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066. In pre-historical times Snow was the name of a King of Denmark with which there may be a conjectural perhaps legendary connection.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Snow research. Another 171 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1679, 1749, 1593, 1597, 1600, 1667, 1640, 1648 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Snow History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 91 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Snow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Snow family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 97 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Snow, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Snow Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nicholas Snow settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1620
  • Constance Snow, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
  • Nicholas Snow, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1623
  • Henry Snow settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Henry Snow, who arrived in Virginia in 1636

Snow Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elfred Snow, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Elizabeth Snow, who landed in Virginia in 1724
  • Josiah Snow, who arrived in Virginia in 1724
  • John Snow, who arrived in America in 1746

Snow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Snow, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Sarah Snow, aged 31, arrived in New York in 1849
  • J Snow, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • L Snow, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • L H Snow, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Snow Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • John Snow & Sons of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland claim that the family were in possession of the lands before 1675
  • John Snow of Port de Grave, Newfoundland, claims property held before 1678

Snow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Snow, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • James Snow arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847
  • Richard Snow arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stebonheath" in 1850
  • George Snow, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Gilmore"

Snow Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Snow, aged 28, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Mary Snow, aged 39, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Edwin Snow, aged 14, a tailor, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Emma Snow, aged 11, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • William Snow, aged 10, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842


  • Lindsay Ann Tarpley Snow (b. 1983), American soccer player
  • Brittany Anne Snow (b. 1986), American Young Artist Award and three-time Teen Choice Award nominated television and film actress and singer
  • Edgar P. Snow (1905-1972), American journalist, believed to be the first Western journalist to interview Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong
  • Francis Huntington Snow (1840-1908), American professor and 5th Chancellor of the University of Kansas
  • Garth E. Snow (b. 1969), American retired professional NHL ice hockey goaltender, current general manager of the New York Islanders
  • Jack Thomas "J. T." Snow Jr. (b. 1968), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1992 to 2008
  • John Joyner Snow Jr. (b. 1945), American politician, Member of the North Carolina Senate (2005-2011)
  • John William Snow (b. 1939), American businessman and politician, the 73rd United States Secretary of the Treasury (2003-2006)
  • Kate Snow (b. 1969), American television journalist for NBC News
  • Lorenzo Snow (1814-1901), American 5th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1898-1901)



  • The Family of Mrs. J.B. Snow by T.D. Boaz.
  • James Middleton Snow by Dorothy May Snow-Nelson.


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

This page was last modified on 16 March 2015 at 21:06.

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