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

The surname Rumsey comes from the place-name Ramsey, which is derived from the Old English words "hramsa" and "eg," which mean "wild garlic" and "island." Thus, the original bearers of the surname came from an island where wild garlic was grown.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Ramsay, Ramsey and others.

First found in Huntingdon, where the first record of the name was Simund de Ramesie who witnessed the charter by Turstan filius Leuingus of the church of Livingston to the Abbey of Holyrod (c. 1153-1156.) In 1196, Simon's son (or grandson) witnessed a charter to the Church of Coldingham and in the following century many branches of the Clan began to emerge. About 1216, Sir Nessus Ramsay was noted for settling local disputes, and he put his seal on a Charter of King Alexander II of Scotland. William Ramsay was one of the signatories of the Ragman Rolls, when two thousand Earls and Barons were forced to swear fealty to Edward I of England, during the latter's brief conquest of Scotland. But later, in 1320 William Ramsay swore allegiance to King Robert the Bruce of Scotland when he, a Campbell, a Cameron, a MacDuff, a Fergusan and a Murray signed the 'Declaration of Independence' in Arbroath, asserting to the Pope that Scotland would never again be subject to English rule.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rumsey research. Another 951 words(68 lines of text) covering the years 1335, 1618, 1633, 1700, 1672, 1674, 1682, 1624, 1696, 1673, 1684, 1689, 1646, 1686, 1758, 1686, 1743, 1619, 1688, 1659, 1658 and are included under the topic Early Rumsey History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 149 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rumsey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Rumsey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 167 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rumsey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Rumsey, who arrived in Fairfield, Conn in 1664

Rumsey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • B. Rumsey, aged 39, who landed in America from England, in 1893
  • Charles Rumsey, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1893
  • Albert E. Rumsey, aged 15, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Elma Rumsey, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Rumsey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles E. Rumsey, who landed in America, in 1905
  • D.P. Rumsey, aged 50, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Beatrice F. Rumsey, aged 24, who emigrated to America from Northampton, England, in 1908
  • Rumsey, aged 5, who settled in America from Northampton, England, in 1908
  • Edna Rumsey, aged 5, who settled in America, in 1908


  • James Rumsey (1743-1792), American engineer, best known for his steam powered boat
  • Elisha Walker Rumsey (d. 1827), American pioneer, co-founder of Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Charles Cary Rumsey (1879-1922), American sculptor
  • Frederick Edward Rumsey (b. 1935), English cricketer


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: Ora et labora
Motto Translation: Pray and work.


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The Rumsey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rumsey 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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