The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burke's General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Granted to Robert SNOW, Esq. of Saville Row. (No date recorded). This English surname of SNOW was a nickname denoting someone with very white hair, or a pale complexion. The name was derived from the Old English word SNAW. The name was also occasionally applied to a child who was born in mid-winter in the time of the snow. Other spellings of the name include SNOWE, SNOWLING, SNAW and SNAWE. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. The earliest of the name on record appears to be Henry SNOU, who was recorded in County Buckinghamshire in the year 1273, and Willelmus SNAWE of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Rax of 1379. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries. A later instance of the name includes John Jobson and Sabana SNOWE, who were married in London in the year 1569.
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