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The Snicket Family (or Snicket Clan[2]) is a family largely involved in the secret organization V.F.D..

Known members are siblings Lemony, Kit, Jacques, their grandfather, Chas. Snicket, and E. Snicket, presumably their mother.

They are one of the most secretive families in the series and we learn relatively little about their personal lives. Each of the known members pay a heavy price for their involvement in the Baudelaire tale.


It is said that it is a family tradition to name children after the deceased.[3]

They seem to be a fully VFD-affiliated family. The canon family tree shows a key with V reading Volunteer- (the rest is cut off), implying that VFD is important enough to the Snicket family to be included on the tree. As well as this, the Snicket siblings were abducted by Volunteers at a very young age, and Lemony at least believes his parents to have known the abduction would happen. His family is also close associates with the cheesemakers at Valorous Farms Dairy, a VFD location.[4]

He also lists his grandmother as being involved in the organization (though it is unknown whether this is a paternal or maternal grandparent),[5] and was taught a secret code by his grandfather (again, unknown which grandfather), who gave him a wooden box that held a key to open a slightly larger wooden box, given to Lemony by a woman his grandfather refused to speak about, inside which is a map of The City.[6]

Family Tree

A. Snicket
B. Snicket
Chas. Snicket
D. SnicketE. Snicket
Jacob SnicketF. Snicket
G. SnicketH. SnicketI. SnicketJacques SnicketKit SnicketLemony SnicketM. SnicketN. SnicketO. Snicket
Beatrice Baudelaire II

As demonstrated by this family tree, the Snickets are named in alphabetical order: ABC, DEF, GHI, JKL, MNO.[4]

Kit appears to have broken this rule when she requested that the Baudelaires name their daughter after Beatrice.


  • Anwhistle Theory - involving D, G, H and I.
    • The "G" and "I" may refer to the brothers Gregor and Ike Anwhistle. If "G" and "I" refer to Gregor and Ike, then "D. Snicket" is likely to be be Josephine's mother-in-law, whom Josephine describes as having only one eyebrow and one ear;[7] as Jacques also has a unibrow,[8] this could be considered a family trait.
    • Furthermore, if "G" and "I" refer to the Anwhistles, then the Snickets are distant in-laws to the Baudelaire family, to whom Josephine is related; Beatrice was the cousin of Gregor and Ike.[9]
    • Seeing as there is a third sibling, labelled H, this would indicate the existence of a third sibling (a possible scenario, since facts concerning the Anwhistles are scattered). Within the series only three characters whose last names are unknown have first names beginning in H: Hal, Hector, or Hugo.
      • Hal seems to be too old to be a sibling of Gregor and Ike, and is notably not a member of VFD, making him unlikely.
      • Hector seems to be the more plausible option, considering he has no known surname, and is known to be affiliated with VFD,[4][10] as well as referred to as H in Jacques's letter to Lemony.[4] However, he does not reference his relation to the Snickets when talking to Lemony about Kit, nor when Jacques is put on trial in front of him, though the latter could be explained away by his fear of the Council of Elders.
      • There is very little known about Hugo's life or family, so there is not much evidence confirming or denying his possible relation.
  • Caliban Theory - involving F, M, N and O.
    • 'M' and 'O' could also plausibly be Miranda and Olivia Caliban. This would definitively fit the family tree, and would mean that F. Snicket married into the Caliban family. This would reveal that they have a sibling whose name starts with an 'N'; it is currently unknown who that could be, though some suspect Vice Principal Nero, who, though he shows no connection to VFD, does run a school that seems to be connected to the organization.
      • However, it is unconfirmed that Miranda and Olivia are even siblings at all, as 'Caliban' could be Miranda's married name (namely the surname of her husband, Thursday). There is also the argument that Miranda named her daughter Friday, deviating from the alphabetical naming rule; however, she could be following the naming pattern of her husband's family (as Friday is the day of the week following Thursday), and it should be noted that Kit Snicket also deviated from the naming pattern by naming her daughter Beatrice.
      • The Caliban Theory is also likely noncanon in the Netflix series, as Jacques and Olivia, who would be his first cousin in this theory, share a romantic relationship. However, as stated previously, the Netflix series diverges from book canon often, and thus cannot be considered confirmation.
  • Count Olaf Theory - involving O.
    • The "O" may refer to Count Olaf (whom Snicket frequently calls "O" in The Unauthorized Autobiography and The Beatrice Letters). Although he is never said to have siblings, Olaf himself is very guarded about his family's past.
      • However, whenever discussing Olaf, including as a neophyte in VFD,[11] Lemony makes no indication in his complaints that they are first cousins, and considering that Olaf and Kit are romantically involved,[3] this is extremely unlikely. 
  • Montgomery Theory - involving F, M and siblings.
    • The "M" may also refer to Montgomery Montgomery (whom Snicket frequently calls "M" in the The Unauthorized Autobiography and The Beatrice Letters). Montgomery is known to have at least one sibling (a sister).[12] If this "M" is Montgomery, then the Snickets are again in-laws to the Baudelaire family, but not closely related to Olaf. If the "M" refers to Montgomery Montgomery, then F. Snicket married into the Montgomery theory. As well as this, if the "M" refers to Montgomery Montgomery, then either "N" or "O" is the person who married the cousin of Bertrand Baudelaire; this person is also the mother-in-law of Josephine Anwhistle's sister, who married the second cousin of the Baudelaire's who was the son of his first cousin (and of either "N" or "O"). However, Snicket never shows any indication that he is cousins with Monty, even while discussing him or investigating his murder, and neither does Jacques, when he enters Montgomery's home to search for a clue and finds Quigley Quagmire.[5]
  • Notably, the Denouement triplets also fit in with the alphabetic naming rule of the Snickets. If Dewey is assumed to be the eldest, and Frank is assumed to be the youngest, then their names progress as 'D', 'E' and 'F'. However, the part of the Snicket family that follows the three children being named as D, E and F is confirmed to be the generation possibly including E. Snicket, known to be Jacques, Kit and Lemony's mother, and the next generation which would include these letters would not have all three of them together for a second time; E and F would be together, but D would be in the previous trio of letters. D, E and F would therefore not be together again for around twenty-six generations. As it is fairly certain that the Denouement triplets are not part of Jacob Snicket's generation, due to both their age (the same as Jacques and Kit Snicket), surname and Dewey Denouement's assumed association with Kit, this must mean that it is either a coincidence, or that the Denouement family has a similar way of naming their offspring (perhaps even adopted from the Snickets).

Following the more plausible theories - the Anwhistle and Caliban theories - the Family Tree could look something like this.

Unknown if adoptive or biological
A. Snicket
B. Snicket
Chas. Snicket
Unnamed Guardians
Biological Parents
D. Snicket
E. Snicket
Jacob Snicket
F. Snicket
Monty Montgomery
Monty Montgomery's Sister
Bertrand's Cousin
Bertrand Baudelaire
Beatrice Baudelaire
Gregor Anwhistle
Ike Anwhistle
Josephine Anwhistle
Jacques Snicket
Kit Snicket
Lemony Snicket
Miranda Caliban
N. Snicket
Olivia Caliban
Violet BaudelaireKlaus BaudelaireSunny Baudelaire
Beatrice Baudelaire II
Friday Caliban



  • In Lemony Snicket The Unauthorized Autobiography, the index refers to the family as the Snicket Clan.
  • In The Slippery Slope, when Snicket imagines about all the great things that the Baudelaires will never be able to do at the V.F.D. Headquarters, he mentions his grandmother's recipe for almond cookies (which apparently is one of his favorite foods as seen in All the Wrong Questions). Exactly which grandmother he was referring to- whether a mother of E. or Jacob- is unknown.