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Romney is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Romney family lived in Kent, at New Romney, or Old Romney parishes and locals that date back to at least the Domesday Book where they were collectively known as Romenel. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
In fact, Old Romney may be older: "The town had a good and much frequented haven prior to the Conquest; but in the reign of Edward III. " [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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The surname Romney was first found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Romney, anciently Romenel. "[New Romney], the name of which is probably derived from the Saxon Rumen-ea, "a large watery expanse, or marsh," arose from the decay of Old Romney. At the time of the Conquest it was a town of considerable importance, divided into twelve wards, and containing five parochial churches." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
a survey of England initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England, the village of Romney was held by a Norman noble, Robert de Romenel, de Rumenae and as was the Norman custom, the second son of the family adopted the name of the village. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Rumney, Rumnie, Romney, Romny, Romenel, Rumenel, Romnay and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Romney research. Another 228 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1601, 1593 and 1603 are included under the topic Early Romney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Romney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Romney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Romney or a variant listed above were:

Romney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Romney who settled in Virginia in 1635

Romney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Romney settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1767

Romney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Auguota Romney, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Axel Romney, aged 23, who settled in America from London, in 1898

Romney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Cecil Romney, aged 28, who landed in America from Kingston, in 1906
  • Elizabeth Romney, aged 26, who settled in America from Grays, England, in 1907
  • Annie Romney, aged 30, who landed in America from Manchester, England, in 1909
  • Annie M. Romney, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from South Stafford, England, in 1916
  • Alice Romney, aged 64, who emigrated to America from Kingston, Jamaica, in 1920
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Romney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • G. K. Romney arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880
  • Thomas Romney arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880
  • H. Romney arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880
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  • Vernon Bradford Romney (1924-2013), American politician, 14th Attorney General of Utah (1969-1977)
  • Willard Mitt Romney (b. 1947), Republican politician, former Governor of Massachusetts, candidate for U.S. President, son of George W. Romney
  • Lenore Romney (1908-1998), American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1970
  • Kenneth Romney (1885-1952), American Democrat politician, Sergeant-at-Arms of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1931-47
  • Jean A. Romney, American politician, Member of Virgin Islands legislature, 1975-76
  • George Wilcken Romney (1907-1995), American Republican politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from 12th Senatorial District, 1961-62; Governor of Michigan, 1963-69; Resigned 1969
  • George Scott Romney (b. 1941), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State University board of trustees, 2000-; Appointed 2000; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 2012
  • Edgar O. Romney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996, 2000
  • Craig Romney (b. 1981), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2012
  • Marion George Romney (1897-1988), American Democrat politician, Member of Utah State House of Representatives, 1935
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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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The Romney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Romney 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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