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The name Brumbaugh was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from Rumbald, an Old German personal name. This name came to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest in 1066, as King William encouraged the immigration from continental Europe of skilled tradesmen and artisans; many of these immigrants came from Germany. Saint Rumwold (Rumbold) was a medieval infant saint in England, said to have lived for three days in 662. He is said to have been full of Christian piety despite his young age, and able to speak from the moment of his birth, requested baptism, and delivered a sermon prior to his early death. Another Saint Rumbold (Rumold, Romuold) was an Irish or Scottish Christian missionary who was martyred near Mechelen by two men, whom he had denounced for their evil ways. St. Rumbold's Cathedral is found in Mechelen, Belgium and it is here that his remains are generally thought to be buried.


The surname Brumbaugh was first found in Sussex at Rumbold's-Wyke (St. Rumbald), also named Rumboldswyke, a parish, in the union of West Hampnett, hundred of Box and Stockbridge, rape of Chichester. St Mary's Church, on Whyke Road, an 11th century church can still be found here and is in good repair.

Brumbaugh has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Rumbold, Rumbald, Rumble, Rumball, Rumbow and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brumbaugh research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1207, 1622 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Brumbaugh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brumbaugh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Brumbaughs to arrive on North American shores: John Rumball who settled in Virginia in 1652; Thomas Rumball settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635; James Rumbelow settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1880.


  • Honourable Roland J Brumbaugh (1940-2014), Elevated to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado in 1982
  • Justin Brumbaugh (1905-1951), American football player who played one season for the Frankford Yellow Jackets in 1931
  • Carl Lowry Brumbaugh (1906-1969), American college and professional football quarterback and halfback
  • Urban Boyd Brumbaugh (1915-1988), American professional NFL football player who played from 1938 to 1941
  • Clifford Michael Brumbaugh (b. 1974), American former Major League Baseball outfielder who played in 2001, America East Player of the Year in 1995
  • David Brumbaugh (b. 1960), American businessman and Republican politician, Member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives (2011-)
  • Aaron John Brumbaugh (1890-1983), American academic, the sixth president of Shimer College
  • David Emmert Brumbaugh (1894-1977), American Republican politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1945-1947)
  • Martin Grove Brumbaugh A.M. Ph.D. (1862-1930), American Republican politician, 26th Governor of Pennsylvania from 1915 until 1919
  • Clement Laird Brumbaugh (1863-1921), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio (1913-1921)
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtutis laus actio
Motto Translation: The praise of virtue is action.


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    Other References

    1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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    The Brumbaugh Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Brumbaugh Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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