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The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Rumbel came 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.

Early Origins of the Rumbel family


The surname Rumbel 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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Early History of the Rumbel family

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Early History of the Rumbel family


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Rumbel Spelling Variations

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Rumbel Spelling Variations


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Rumbel family name include Rumbold, Rumbald, Rumble, Rumball, Rumbow and others.

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Early Notables of the Rumbel family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Rumbel family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Rumbel family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Rumbel family to the New World and Oceana


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Rumbel surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Rumball who settled in Virginia in 1652; Thomas Rumball settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635; James Rumbelow settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1880.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rumbel (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rumbel (post 1700)


  • Nancy Rumbel, American musician, one half of the duo Tingstad and Rumbel; their album "Acoustic Garden" received the Award for Best New Age Album at the 45th Grammy Awards in 2003
  • Terry Rumbel (b. 1951), Australian sports shooter at the 1984 Summer Olympics

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The Rumbel Motto

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The Rumbel 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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