Snow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Snow family

The surname Snow was 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.

Early History of the Snow family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Snow research. Another 86 words (6 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Snow Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Snow family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Jeremy Snow; John Snow, English Member of Parliament for Tregony 1593 and Yarmouth (Isle of Wight) 1597; and...
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Ireland Migration of the Snow family to Ireland

Some of the Snow family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Snow migration to the United States +

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, who settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1620
  • Constance Snow, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 [1]
  • Nicholas Snow, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1623 [1]
  • Henry Snow, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Henry Snow, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Snow Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elfred Snow, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [1]
  • Elizabeth Snow, who landed in Virginia in 1724 [1]
  • Josiah Snow, who arrived in Virginia in 1724 [1]
  • John Snow, who arrived in America in 1746 [1]
Snow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Snow, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [1]
  • Sarah Snow, aged 31, who arrived in New York in 1849 [1]
  • J Snow, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • L Snow, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • L H Snow, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Snow migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [2]
  • John Snow of Port de Grave, Newfoundland, claims property held before 1678 [2]
Snow Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Benjamin Snow U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he became a Freeman in 1785 was a School Teacher, he received education at Dartmouth College [3]
  • Mr. John Snow U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]

Australia Snow migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Snow, British Convict who was convicted in Monmouth, Wales for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. William Snow, British Convict who was convicted in Leicester, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • James Snow, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [7]
  • Mr. William Snow, English convict who was convicted in Clerkenwell, London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 28th March 1848, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) from Bermuda [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Snow migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Snow Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Snow, aged 28, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Mary Snow, aged 39, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Edwin Snow, aged 14, a tailor, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Emma Snow, aged 11, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • William Snow, aged 10, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Snow (post 1700) +

  • Kenneth "Ken" Snow (1969-2020), American soccer forward for the United States National Team in 1988
  • Thomas Snow (b. 1981), American super-bantamweight professional boxer
  • Lorenzo Snow (1814-1901), American 5th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1898-1901)
  • Kate Snow (b. 1969), American television journalist for NBC News
  • John William Snow (b. 1939), American businessman and politician, the 73rd United States Secretary of the Treasury (2003-2006)
  • John Joyner Snow Jr. (b. 1945), American politician, Member of the North Carolina Senate (2005-2011)
  • Jack Thomas "J. T." Snow Jr. (b. 1968), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1992 to 2008
  • Garth E. Snow (b. 1969), American retired professional NHL ice hockey goaltender, current general manager of the New York Islanders
  • Francis Huntington Snow (1840-1908), American professor and 5th Chancellor of the University of Kansas
  • Edgar P. Snow (1905-1972), American journalist, believed to be the first Western journalist to interview Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. John  Snow (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
  • Mrs. Catherine Winfred  Snow (1894-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. David J Snow (b. 1923), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Knutsford, Cheshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [10]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Eustace Philip Snow (d. 1912), aged 21, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [11]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Rutherford H. Snow, American Water tender First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [12]


Suggested Readings for the name Snow +

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

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1837
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1840
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABOUKIR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Aboukir.htm
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bangalore
  9. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  10. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  11. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  12. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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