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About the study
An unusual surname, together with family stories of a death in a vat of toffee and ownership of a Scottish castle started the search for family history; all Snary references were collected in the hope that a connection might emerge. Eventually the non-family data exceeded that with family connections.
The study began in 1999 - a joint study with my wife, also a member of the Guild. It is still very much a study in progress, information and queries welcomed.
We still have not found the castle.
Snarey, Snarry, Sneary
Over seventy different spellings of the names have been encountered, in old and newer sources.
Distribution of the name
In the eighteenth century the main concentrations in the UK were in the English counties of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Huntingdonshire and Gloucestershire. The concentration in the South West probably had Irish origins.
The variant names have been found across North America; Sneary, while appearing rarely in Canada is by far the most common variant in the USA. The variant names have been found in 42 of the United States.
Some variants of the name have been found in Australia, New Zealand & South Africa
BMD data from the UK 1837 to 2006
England and Wales Censuses 1841 to 1911
UK Grants of Probate and some Wills
US Censuses 1830 to 1930 and Canadian Censuses 1852 to 1911 and some North American BMD data
Details from Parish Registers