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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]

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The surname Rumney was 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.

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.


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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

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  • 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. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. 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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