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Where did the English Rumney family come from? What is the English Rumney family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rumney family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rumney family history?

The name Rumney was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Rumney family lived in Kent, at New Romney, or Old Romney parishes and locals that date back to at least the Domesday Book where they were collectively known as Romenel. [1] In fact, Old Romney may be older: "The town had a good and much frequented haven prior to the Conquest; but in the reign of Edward III. " [2]


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Rumney have been found, including Rumney, Rumnie, Romney, Romny, Romenel, Rumenel, Romnay and many more.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Romney, anciently Romenel. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book, [1] a survey of England initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England, the village of Romney was held by a Norman noble, Robert de Romenel, and as was the Norman custom, the second son of the family adopted the name of the village.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rumney research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1601, 1593 and 1603 are included under the topic Early Rumney History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Rumney were among those contributors:

Rumney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mark Rumney, who landed in Maryland in 1672

Rumney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Rumney settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1766

Rumney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Rumney settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834

Rumney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Nathan Rumney arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865


  • Mason P. Rumney (1883-1944), American politician, Mayor of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, 1939-44
  • Edgar Rumney (1936-2015), English professional footballer who played for Colchester United
  • Ralph Rumney (1934-2002), English artist from Newcastle Upon Tyne, co-founder of the London Psychogeographical Association
  • Harold Rumney (1907-1987), former Australian rules footballer


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Rumney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rumney 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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