Rounds History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Rounds family

The surname Rounds was first found in Essex where Radulfus Rotundus is found in the Pipe Rolls of 1130.[1]

"About 1272, Arnulf de Rondes, Robert his son, and Alicia de Rondes occur in the Hundredorum Rolls for Huntingdonshire. A family of the name is now domiciled in Essex; but this is nothing more than a coincidence, for it was not till 1724 that their ancestor James Round, citizen of London, purchased Birch Hall, near Colchester, their present seat." [2]

Another source notes that Ralph Rund was listed in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1202 and Alecok Ronde was listed in the Assize Rolls for Lancashire in 1246. [3]

Early History of the Rounds family

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Rounds Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Round, Rounds, Rownd and others.

Early Notables of the Rounds family (pre 1700)

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Rounds Ranking

In the United States, the name Rounds is the 3,173rd most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. [4]


United States Rounds migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rounds Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Rounds, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [5]
Rounds Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lester Rounds, who landed in New York in 1834 [5]
  • Horace Rounds, who landed in New York in 1834 [5]
  • B F Rounds, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [5]

Canada Rounds migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rounds Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ransford Rounds, who arrived in Canada in 1838

Contemporary Notables of the name Rounds (post 1700) +

  • Lil Rounds (b. 1984), American singer from Memphis, Tennessee, who was the seventh place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol.
  • Tom Rounds (1936-2014), American founder and chief executive officer of Radio Express in Burbank, California
  • Marion Michael "Mike" Rounds (b. 1954), American politician, 31st Governor of South Dakota
  • Gerald L. Rounds, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • John H. P. Rounds, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Tolland, 1904 [6]
  • Mrs. J. E. Rounds, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1924 [6]
  • J. C. Rounds, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives, 1917-20 [6]
  • George A. Rounds, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Willington, 1902 [6]
  • F. E. Rounds, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wyoming, 1900 [6]
  • Eugene B. Rounds, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cayuga County 2nd District, 1896-97 [6]
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Rounds 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: Esse quam videri
Motto Translation: To be, rather than to seem.


Suggested Readings for the name Rounds +

  • The John Round Family of Swansea and Rehoboth, Massachusetts by H.L. Peter Rounds.

  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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