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Re: Hello from a new member!
At 20:49 05/11/00 -0500, you wrote:
Thank you for accepting my request to join the
Sinclair mailing list. :o)
In searching my surname of "Snody" (which until just a few
was spelled "Snoddy"), I learned that my surname is a
sept of the Clan
My ancestors are Ulster Scots, and from what I have learned my family
to northern Ireland from Scotland in about 1650, then to
Pennsylvania about 1735, then to Virginia, then North Carolina
where I now
My ancestors help settle this part of northwest North Carolina, and
until the last fifteen years or so, most of the families in the area were
I am very curious to learn how the surname "Snoddy" is
affiliated with the
Clan Sinclair. Is it through marriage, or was it for protection by
Any information you can share with me will be greatly appreciated.
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Snoddy, Snoddie, Snodgrass
As you correctly surmise, this name is to be found in Scotland
and Northern Ireland. It began as
a nickname for a neat, trim and tidy person from the Norse word
snod with the added diminutive
suffix of 'y' or 'ie' which is not unusual in Scotland where we
speak of a 'roadie'. a 'lochie', a 'manie',
a wifie, etc.
There are three different branches of Sinclairs in Northern
Sinclairs of Belfast
Sinclairs of Balymena
Sinclairs of Holyhill
At the moment, I cannot find any connection with "Snoddy"
except to suggest that Sinclairs (generally
speaking) are always very particular about their dress and appearance so
it may be that some of them
became known as being "Snoddie" which is really a Scandinavian
way of saying that they were "Dandies"
- which many Sinclairs undoubtedly are.
Perhaps Ian Laird can let us have his views on the likelihood of this
(admittedly) rather fanciful derivation !!