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The Rumball family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from Rumbald, an Old German personal name. This name came to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest in 1066, as King William encouraged the immigration from continental Europe of skilled tradesmen and artisans; many of these immigrants came from Germany. Saint Rumwold (Rumbold) was a medieval infant saint in England, said to have lived for three days in 662. He is said to have been full of Christian piety despite his young age, and able to speak from the moment of his birth, requested baptism, and delivered a sermon prior to his early death. Another Saint Rumbold (Rumold, Romuold) was an Irish or Scottish Christian missionary who was martyred near Mechelen by two men, whom he had denounced for their evil ways. St. Rumbold's Cathedral is found in Mechelen, Belgium and it is here that his remains are generally thought to be buried.

Rumball Early Origins



The surname Rumball was first found in Sussex at Rumbold's-Wyke (St. Rumbald), also named Rumboldswyke, a parish, in the union of West Hampnett, hundred of Box and Stockbridge, rape of Chichester. St Mary's Church, on Whyke Road, an 11th century church can still be found here and is in good repair.

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Rumball Spelling Variations


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Rumball Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Rumball include Rumbold, Rumbald, Rumble, Rumball, Rumbow and others.

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Rumball Early History


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Rumball Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rumball research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1207, 1622 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Rumball History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rumball Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rumball Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rumball Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Rumball were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Rumball Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Rumball settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635
  • Tho Rumball, aged 22, landed in New England in 1635
  • John Rumball, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • John Rumball who settled in Virginia in 1652
  • John Rumball, who landed in Virginia in 1662
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rumball Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Rumball, aged 26, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Maria Rumball, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Maria Rumball, aged 5, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Cornelius Rumball, aged 2, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rumball (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rumball (post 1700)



  • Will Rumball (b. 1981), English actor and assistant director
  • Reverend Robert L. "Bob" Rumball OOnt OC (b. 1929), Canadian pastor and advocate for the Deaf, eponymn of The Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf
  • Lesley Marie Rumball ONZM (b. 1973), née Nicol, New Zealand gold, three-time silver and bronze medalist netball player, member of the New Zealand national netball team, the Silver Ferns (1993-2005)
  • Lesley Marie Rumball ONZM (b. 1973), New Zealand gold, three-time silver and bronze medalist netball player
  • Air Vice-Marshall Sir Aubrey Rumball KBE, FRCP, DTM&H, DPM, LDS RCS, RAF(Ret)., British Air Force Officer

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Motto


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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: Virtutis laus actio
Motto Translation: The praise of virtue is action.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. 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).
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    11. ...

    The Rumball Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rumball 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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