Show ContentsRumbold History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Rumbold originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from Rumbald, an Old German personal name. [1] 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) (died 775) 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.

One source claims the name was "a Norman family, styled Rimbaud or Rimboult, in the Duchy (See Rimboult), where it continued in the twelfth century. The Norman ancestor of the English and Norman lines was Rumbaldus, who held lauds in Gloucester 1086. Richard I. confirmed to Wickham Abbey, Essex, lands granted by Robert Rumbold. The latter was party to a suit, Essex, 1194, and in 1200 exchanged lands in Hertford. Walter Rembald is mentioned c. 1272. From this family descend the Baronets Rumbold." [2]

Early Origins of the Rumbold family

The surname Rumbold was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where Rumbaldus is listed in Gloucestershire at that time. [3] Later, Roger Rumbald was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Essex in 1191 and in the Pipe Rolls of Cumberland (Cumbria) in 1195. In Hampshire, William Rumbol was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1222 and William Rumbolt was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Cambridgeshire in 1327. [1]

Rumbold's-Wyke (St. Rumbald), also named Rumboldswyke, a parish in Sussex, 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. [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 includes listings for: Roger Rumbold, Cambridgeshire; Adam Rumbald, Buckinghamshire; Reynebaud le Paumer, Norfolk; and Rombald Cosin, Oxfordshire. [5]

"After the Dissolution, King Henry VIII, in the year 1545, granted the impropriate rectory (of Keteringham, Norfolk) to Robert Rumbold, alias Reynbald, and his heirs, to be held in capiu by knight's service; and in 1558, Anne wife of Benjamin Reynbald...had livery of it." [6] "To this day Rumball is a popular surname in Norfolk and Suffolk." [5]

Early History of the Rumbold family

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Rumbold Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Rumbold has appeared include Rumbold, Rumbald, Rumble, Rumball, Rumbow and others.

Early Notables of the Rumbold family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Richard Rumbold (1622-1685), a Cromwellian soldier who took part in the Rye House Plot to assassinate King Charles II of England
  • In May 1685 Rumbold joined the Earl of Argyll in his expedition to Scotland. He became separated from the rest of the rebels in their disorderly marches, and was captured. As he was severely wounded...
  • William Rumbold (1613-1667), was an English cavalier, born at or near Burbage, Leicestershire, where his family, a branch of the Rumbolds of Hertfordshire, had been settled for three generations. His...

Canada Rumbold migration to Canada +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Rumbold arrived in North America very early:

Rumbold Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Rumbold U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 [7]

Australia Rumbold migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Rumbold Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Rumbold, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mr. William Rumbold, British Convict who was convicted in Buckinghamshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 25th June 1838, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [9]
  • James Rumbold, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan" [10]
  • Jessie Rumbold, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan" [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Rumbold (post 1700) +

  • Sir George Berriman Rumbold (1764-1807), 2nd Baronet, English peer and diplomatist, from Crabbe-juxta-Dover, Kent, second son of Sir Thomas Rumbold, Governor of Madras
  • Sir Charles Hale Rumbold (1822-1877), 7th Baronet
  • Sir Arthur Victor Raoul Anduze Rumbold (1869-1877), 6th Baronet
  • Sir Arthur Carlos Henry Rumbold (1820-1869), 5th Baronet
  • Sir Cavendish Stuart Rumbold (1815-1853), 4th Baronet
  • Sir William Rumbold (1787-1833), 3rd Baronet
  • George Rumbold (1911-1995), English professional footballer
  • Sir Horace George Montagu Rumbold GCB, GCMG, KCVO, PC (1869-1941), 9th Baronet, English diplomat, outspoken critic of Nazi Germany during his time as Ambassador to Berlin
  • Sir Anthony Rumbold KCMG KCVO CB (1911-1983), 10th Baronet, British diplomat, ambassador to Thailand and Austria
  • Sir Horace Rumbold GCB GCMG PC (1829-1913), 8th Baronet, British diplomat
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Rumbold 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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  2. 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)
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  7. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  8. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from
  9. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th March 2021). Retrieved from
  10. South Australian Register Wednesday 25th October 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord Raglan 1854. Retrieved on Facebook