Is this the best site or section to ask about surname origins?

Baby names might be great, but I'm primarily interested in surnames. Wiki often had info on some, but not always. So when Wiki fails to tell me where Snowden/don comes from, where should I look?

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  • Ashley
    Lv 7
    7 years ago
    Best Answer

    Yep, this is the place!

    SNOWDEN

    Recorded in several forms including Snowden, Snowdon, Snodin, Snoding, Snoden and Snowding, this is a surname of English origins. It is locational from any of the places called Snowden in West Yorkshire and Hertfordshire, or Snowdon in Devonshire, but not Snowden mountain in Wales. All derive from the Old English pre 7th century word 'snaw', meaning snow, and 'dun', meaning hill, the general meaning of the place name is 'The hill where snow lies long'. The places called Snow Hill in Berkshire, and Snow End in Hertfordshire were also formerly called 'Snowden', and they may have given rise to surnames. Early examples of the recordings include Matthew de Snoudon of Somerset in 1278, Elizabeth Snoden of Kent in 1551, Sara Snoddin also of Kent in 1655, Ellen Snodin in the registers of the city of London in 1677, Elizabeth Snowdin and Ann Snowding also of London in 1695. The marriage of Thomas Snowden and Helen Abbey was recorded at the church of St. Martin and St. Gregory, in the city of York, on November 25th 1593. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Henry de Snewedon. This was was dated 1277, in the Fines Court Rolls of Essex, during the reign of King Edward 1st known as 'The Hammer of the Scots', 1272 - 1307. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

    http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/snowden

    Just keep in mind that while the meaning and origin of a surname is interesting to know, it doesn't tell you anything about your actual ancestors... the real, live people who make up your family tree. Since Snowden is a locational name, that means that it was used by many different, unrelated people, and not all Snowdens have the same family history. If you want to learn about YOUR Snowden ancestors, you will need to trace your family backwards, generation by generation, to learn about each individual, where they came from, and what their life was like... which is a lot more interesting than just knowing what their name means! That's what we do here in the genealogy section. :)

  • 7 years ago

    Genealogy is the study and documentation of direct ancestral lineage within a specific family.

    Snowden/don is one of the highest mountains and a region in Wales The name also appears in North Yorkshire, England and has been traced back to the 1500's You might simply type origin of surname Snowden and Snowdon. Avoid the commercial sites that are selling items with crests on them, they may or may not have correct information. I did find several sites about various Snowden families.

    Source(s): Genealogical researcher 40+ years, Anthropologists & retired Instructor
  • 7 years ago

    Ashley beat me to it, so I'll just back her up.

    You can look for name origins...if you remember..it does not prove all persons are related. All names do NOT have a single point of origin (think: Lee is both English and Chinese).

    Just to emphasize that genealogy and surname origin are NOT THE SAME thing. For genealogy, the accurate and valid way is find (say) gr grandpa Snowden, and a DOCUMENT which proves his place of birth. It may be totally different from where the name allegedly originated.

    It is probably the number one myth around this section, that a surname proves where your ancestry is from.

  • 7 years ago

    Behindthename. com might help. Also ancestry.com.

    Snowden Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from Snowden, a place in West Yorkshire named from Old English snaw ‘snow’ + dun ‘hill’, i.e. a hill where snow lies long

    Source(s): ancestry.com
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  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Surnames are the same as given names, both are words and words come from languages not countries............ this one is from the English language which in reality means any country in the world where English influenced which could mean the 'origin' could be any country in three quarters of the world............ it doesn't mean just England, nor does it mean British ancestry

    Snowden

    Recorded in several forms including Snowden, Snowdon, Snodin, Snoding, Snoden and Snowding, this is a surname of English origins. It is locational from any of the places called Snowden in West Yorkshire and Hertfordshire, or Snowdon in Devonshire, but not Snowden mountain in Wales. All derive from the Old English pre 7th century word 'snaw', meaning snow, and 'dun', meaning hill, the general meaning of the place name is 'The hill where snow lies long'. The places called Snow Hill in Berkshire, and Snow End in Hertfordshire were also formerly called 'Snowden', and they may have given rise to surnames. Early examples of the recordings include Matthew de Snoudon of Somerset in 1278, Elizabeth Snoden of Kent in 1551, Sara Snoddin also of Kent in 1655, Ellen Snodin in the registers of the city of London in 1677, Elizabeth Snowdin and Ann Snowding also of London in 1695. The marriage of Thomas Snowden and Helen Abbey was recorded at the church of St. Martin and St. Gregory, in the city of York, on November 25th 1593. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Henry de Snewedon. This was was dated 1277, in the Fines Court Rolls of Essex, during the reign of King Edward 1st known as 'The Hammer of the Scots', 1272 - 1307. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

    Read more: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Snowden#ixzz2LZZN...

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