The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Snowling 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 Snowling family
The surname Snowling 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 Snowling family
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Snowling Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Snowling family name include Snow, Snowe and others.
Early Notables of the Snowling 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... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Snowling Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Snowling family to Ireland
Some of the Snowling 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Snowling family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Snowling surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Adan Snow settled in Barbados in 1660; followed by George in 1685; Henry Snow settled in Virginia in 1635 John i622; Georgei in 1649; Nicholas Snow settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1620.
Contemporary Notables of the name Snowling (post 1700)
- Margaret Jean "Maggie" Snowling CBE FBA (b. 1955), British psychologist, known for her contributions to the study of dyslexia, awarded the Lady Radnor Prize of Dyslexia Action in 2013 and the British Psychological Society Presidents' Award in 2003, President of St John's College, Oxford (2012-)