The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Rumilly family name to the British Isles. They lived in Cambridgeshire
. Their name, however, is a reference to Romily,
near Eure, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Rumilly family
The surname Rumilly was first found in Cambridgeshire
where they were anciently Lords of the Manor. The family emerged from Normandy
where they held a knights fee at Eure, in the arrondisement of Les Andelys, in the canton of Fleury-sur-Andelle. At what time Richard de Romilly arrived to have an interest in the villages of Girton and Barton in the county of Cambridge is unknown. There was conflict between two Norman nobles, Roger de Tosny and Richard de Romilly between 1190 and 1200. Overriding this dispute was another Norman Lord, Gilbert de Miners, who eventually lost these lands, and other unnamed lands in Buckinghamshire.
Early History of the Rumilly family
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Rumilly Spelling Variations
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 Remely, Remelly, Remilly, Remmilly, Remilley, Remiley, Romilly, Rommilly, Romiley and many more.
Early Notables of the Rumilly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rumilly family to the New World and Oceana
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 Rumilly or a variant listed above were: Ambrose Remely who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749.