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Sneddon Surname Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from the lands of Sneddon in Paisley (Renfrewshire) from Snawdon in Garvald and Barra (East Lothian) or perhaps from Snawdon near Thirlestane in Lauderdale (Berwickshire). Whichever placename is involved in the surname is ultimately from Old English snāw ‘snow’ + dūn ‘hill’ like the famous Snowdon in Wales. Those in Scotland may be independent coinings and literal descriptions of hills on which snow tended to lie long but Snowdoun or Snawdoun also belong to a group of Arthurian names popular in Scotland in the later Middle Ages and may have been applied as such in the names mentioned and also in the case of the lost Snadown by St. Andrews (Fife). Stirling was regarded as standing on the boundary of the ancient Scottish and British kingdoms with strong associations with King Arthur making it possible for King David II to claim to the chronicler Jean Froissart in 1365 that Stirling Castle was the Snowdon of King Arthur. It may be that the placename(s) supplying the surname allude to this potent mythology.

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


Similar surnames: Seddon, Skeldon, Sheldon, Smerdon, Seaton, Weldon, Snowdon, Newton

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You can see how Sneddon families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sneddon family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Sneddon families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1911 there were 33 Sneddon families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Sneddon's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Sneddon families in 1911.
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What did your Sneddon ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer and Book Keeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Sneddon. 30% of Sneddon men worked as a Labourer and 50% of Sneddon women worked as a Book Keeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sneddon were Teamster and Domestic. .

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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

  • Labourer
    30%
  • Farmer
    30%
  • Salesman
    20%
  • Teamster
    20%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Book Keeper
    50%
  • Domestic
    50%
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Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Sneddon life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Sneddon in 1953 was 37, and 81 in 2004.

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