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Where did the English Romney family come from? What is the English Romney family crest and coat of arms? When did the Romney family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Romney family history?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.  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. " 
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,  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.
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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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
Romney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Romney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Romney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Romney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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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