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The Snowden name is a habitational name taken on from the place Snowden, in West Yorkshire. The place name is derived from the Old English words "snow," meaning "snow," and "dun," meaning "hill."

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The surname Snowden was first found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, in Snawden in Lauderdale, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Snowden, Sneddan, Sneddon, Snedden, Snawdone and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Snowden research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1616, 1688, 1763, 1640 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Snowden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Snowden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Snowden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Snowden, who arrived in Maryland in 1652
  • John Snowden, who arrived in Maryland in 1674
  • Isaac Snowden, who landed in Maryland in 1677
  • Richard Snowden, who arrived in Maryland and settled in South River in 1679

Snowden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Tho Snowden, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Leonard Snowden, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1736-1737

Snowden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Snowden, who arrived in America in 1806
  • Esther Snowden, who arrived in New York with her two children in 1820
  • Henry Snowden, aged 26, arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1824
  • James Snowden, who arrived in New York in 1836
  • Orr Snowden, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846
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Snowden Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Pickering and Ralph Snowden, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Pickering Snowden, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mr. Randolph Snowden U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he became a Freeman in 1785 was a Tanner [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Snowden Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Jane Bell Snowden, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1813

Snowden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Snowden arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lalla Rookh" in 1840
  • John D. Snowden, aged 37, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks"

Snowden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Snowden arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1858
  • Charles Snowden arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
  • Thomas Snowden arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
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  • Richard A. Snowden, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 39th District, 1976
  • Phil Snowden, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 17th District; Elected 1980
  • Michael L. Snowden, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 2008
  • John W. Snowden, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1920 (alternate), 1924 (alternate), 1928
  • Joseph E. Snowden, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1944
  • John Maugridge Snowden (1776-1845), American politician, Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1825-28; State Court Judge in Pennsylvania, 1840-45
  • John G. Snowden, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 24th District, 1939-54; Defeated, 1954; Chair of Lycoming County Republican Party, 1953
  • John E. Snowden, American politician, American Independent Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1968
  • John A. Snowden, American politician, Mayor of Winchester, Kentucky, 1950-54
  • Greg Snowden, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 2008
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Snowden Historic Events



RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Fred A. Snowden, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Thomas Snowden, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Lynn, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
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  • The Descendants of Joseph Snowden by Virginia Whitman Snowden.
  • Montpelier & the Snowden Family by William Grover Cook.
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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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