Sneddon Surname Research pt.1

I have always been proud to carry this surname though I haven’t always known either the meaning or the history behind it. It hasn’t helped that little research has been conducted into the name. Therefore, I’m sharing my research in the hope that it might help a distant cousin who wanders upon the same journey as I have. This post will be followed by further research once my dad’s y-DNA test results come back.

The Name


Snowden, Snawdone, Sneddan, Snedden, Snaddan. Sneaton, Snodden, Snoddon, Sneddoun, Snoughton, Snowton, Snoughden, Snewton, Snoton, Snudden, Snowdur


The Sneddon name is a regional name taken on from the place Snowden in West Yorkshire. The place name itself is derived from the Old English words “snaw,” meaning “snow,” and “dun,” meaning “hill.”

Blazon of arms:

Argent on a fess azure between three escallops gules, as many mullets or.

(Translation: Argent represents the colours silver or white and indicates harmony and sincerity)


A peacock in his pride proper.



A noodo duw a noddir

(Translation: Who supports God will be protected)

Interesting Facts:

  • Held a family seat in Snawden, Lauderdale, Berwickshire
  • Historian William of Worcester suggests that King Arthur kept the Round Table in the castle of Stirling, otherwise known as Snowdoun-west-castle.
  • The surname appears in English documents from at least the 13th century when Henry de Snewedon is mentioned in the Feet of Fines in Essex in 1277AD.
  • Also around this time Matthew de Sneddon appeared on the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1278.


My ancestors originally came from Polmont in Scotland. They came to Australia as coal miners and resided in Minmi (near Newcastle).

N.B: A good explanation of the history of mining, including another Sneddon family:


  1. Natasha Sneddon (me)

01 January 1996- present

Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia


  1. David Trevor Sneddon (father) –Karen Ann Russell

24 August 1966- present


  1. David Owen Sneddon (grandfather) –Pamela Shand

14 October 1924- 10 July 2016

Cardiff, New South Wales, Australia – Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia


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  1. David Sneddon (2xgrandfather) –Corrall Leticia Blenda Ann Roberts

05 October 1885- 01 April 1968

Minmi, New South Wales, Australia- Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia


  1. Richard Grant Sneddon (3xgrandfather) –Margaret Haddow

27 April 1862- 15 August 1896

Polmont, Stirlingshire, Scotland- Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia


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  1. Alexander Sneddon (4xgrandfather)- Elizabeth Grant

27 September 1827- 08 May 1873

Polmont, Stirlingshire, Scotland- Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland


  1. Alexander Sneddon (5xgrandfather)- Elizabeth Bennie

24 Jan 1807- 28 September 1839

Polmont, Strilingshire, Scotland- Polmont, Stirlingshire, Scotland


  1. Andrew Snaddon (6xgrandfather)- Janet Snaddon

22 March 1767- 1800

Polmont, Stirlingshire, Scotland


  1. Alexander Snaddon (7xgrandfather)- Margaret Mitchell

1740- 1800

Polmont, Stirlingshire, Scotland

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