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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] 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]

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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.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Romney, anciently Romenel. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book, [1] 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, and as was the Norman custom, the second son of the family adopted the name of the village.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Romney research. Another 223 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.

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

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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


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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  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.

Other References

  1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. 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).
  9. 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.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. 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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