Snowdon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Snowdon 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."

Early Origins of the Snowdon family

The surname Snowdon 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.

Early History of the Snowdon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Snowdon research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1616, 1688, 1763, 1640 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Snowdon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Snowdon Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Snowdon family (pre 1700)

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


New Zealand Snowdon 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:

Snowdon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Margaret Snowdon, English settler from Devon travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Strathfieldsaye" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 29th April 1858 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Snowdon (post 1700) +

  • David A. Snowdon (b. 1952), American epidemiologist and professor of neurology at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky
  • Ross M. Snowdon Jr., American politician, Candidate for Mayor of East Detroit, Michigan, 1969 [2]
  • Howard J. Snowdon, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1944 [2]
  • Andrew Snowdon (b. 1965), English cricketer
  • Michael Snowdon (b. 1947), English cricketer
  • Lisa Snowdon (b. 1972), English fashion model, television personality and presenter, host of the reality television show Britain's Next Top Model (2006 to 2009)
  • Christopher John Snowdon, British author and freelance journalist
  • Warren Edward Snowdon (b. 1950), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Northern Territory (1987-1996)
  • William Snowdon Robson PC, QC (1852-1918), Baron Robson, a British lawyer, judge and Liberal politician
  • Snowdon S. Hays, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1876 (speaker) [3]

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. John Robert Snowdon, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [4]


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2017, April 12) Snowdon Hays. Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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