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Snape Name Meaning

English:: habitational name from Middle English snap (Old Norse snap) ‘poor pasture or winter pasture’. Of the many minor placenames containing this word in northern England it was most probably Snape in Ormskirk (Lancashire) Snape in Well (North Yorkshire) or Snape in Sowerby (Yorkshire) that gave rise to the surname. from Middle English snap snep (Old English snæp) possibly meaning ‘boggy piece of land’. This may be the source of Snape in Suffolk and of numerous minor places called Snap or Snape in Cheshire Devon Nottinghamshire Sussex and Wiltshire but it is difficult to tell this apart from the word in 1 above. Snape (Farm) in Weston (Cheshire) is the likely source of the surname in Staffordshire while one or other of the Sussex places gave rise to the Sussex surname Snepp. In Sussex the dialect term snape is still used to denote an area of boggy uncultivable land.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Slape, Snipe, Slade, Sage, Staple, Knapp, Stade, Snare, Pape, Sapp

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You can see how Snape families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Snape family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Snape families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 5 Snape families living in Ontario. This was about 31% of all the recorded Snape's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Snape families in 1911.
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In 1921, Salesman was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Snape. 43% of Snape men worked as a Salesman. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Sailor
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Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Snape life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Snape in 1948 was 45, and 74 in 2004.

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