From "An American Saga, The Story of the Snead Family of Accomac County, Virginia, and of Kentucky" edited by William E. Stokes, Jr., from materials collected by William Scott Snead. "Like every family of ancient lineage, the name of Snead has many variants.Thus Snead, Sneyde or Sneed are all correct spellings, though the pronunciation is the same and all stem from a common ancestor.The name probably came from the Anglo-Saxon work Snad or Snead which originally referred to a specific section of land with defined limits but no one enclosed by a fence or wall.In Staffordshire county, the hamlet of Sneyde had been built on family lands as early as Henry II's reign (1216-1272). Surnames were practically unheard of in England in the Tenth Century, half the people not having them until the 1300s.Snead became generally accepted at the beginning of the Twelfth Century at the latest." Their coat of arms is as described in the previous answer to your message. It has a motto, Nec Opprimere--Nec opprimi (I will not oppress, nor will I endure oppression).