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

The history of the Runde family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Kent, at the Manor of Rundale, from whence their name is derived.


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 Roundle, Roundall, Roundell, Roundill, Roundale and many more.

First found in Kent where they were a branch of the great Baronial family of Cobham, seated as Lords of the Manor of Roundell in the parish of Shorne. In the 13th century John Cobham gave the Manor of Rundale to his second son. He was styled Lord Thomas de Cobham, alias Roundell, Knight. From this scion many branches descended, many with different spellings of the name Roundell, into the counties of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Runde research. Another 246 words(18 lines of text) covering the year 1422 is included under the topic Early Runde History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Runde Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Runde or a variant listed above were:

Runde Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Jurgen Runde, who landed in America in 1814-1820
  • Ludwig Runde, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1855


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: Tenax propositi
Motto Translation: Firm of purpose.


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

This page was last modified on 27 October 2010 at 13:57.

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