Roam History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Roam family
The surname Roam was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat some say from about the 12th century. Seated at Gretna, they early became friends and allies of the great Clan Johnston and later as the numbers of the Clan diminished they held under them for protection. Nevertheless, the Roomes were a Clan in their own right and had a Chief. They were registered in Scottish Parliament as a clan in 1597 and responsible for the defense of Annandale, against the English.
Early History of the Roam family
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Roam Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Rome, Room, Rooms, Roome, Roomes and others.
Early Notables of the Roam family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Roam family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Roome who arrived in New England in 1753; Thomas Roome and son Thomas arrived in Barbados in 1678; Abraham Roome arrived in Jamaica in 1685; Nicholas Rome arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1750..
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The Roam Motto +
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: Pungit sed placit
Motto Translation: It is painful, but pleasing