Rundle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

When the ancestors of the Rundle family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Kent, at the Manor of Rundale, from whence their name is derived. "Randall, formerly called Roundall and Rundale, is a manor in this parish, which, though at present of little repute, was anciently of some note, as being one of the seats of the noble family of Cobham, where they are Baid to have resided before they removed to Cobham Hall." [1]

"In the XIII. century, John de Cobham gave Rundale to his second son Henry, and his descendants were variously written Roundale, Rundel, Roundall, and Rundella, and so lately as 8 Henry VI. the then proprietor of the estate was styled Lord Thomas de Cobham, alias Rundella, Knight." [1] While many of the family emigrated to England, not all did. Lucas, Geoffry and John Roondel were listed in Normandy (1180-1195) and later Stephen Roundel, Geoffry, Hugh and Lucas Roondel were listed there in 1198. [2]

Early Origins of the Rundle family

The surname Rundle was 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. [1]

"The Roundells of Screven, in Yorkshire, have possessed Screven ever since the early part of the XV. century, the first recorded progenitor being John Roundel, of that place, 3. Henry VI. [(during the third year of the reign of Henry VI)]" [3]

Much farther to the south in the parish of Mabe, Cornwall, "Spargo in this parish, is said by Norden to have been a seat of the Randolls or Rundles; but in this opinion he is supposed to have been misinformed, as their seat was at Trewoon, which is now a farm house, although Spargo is acknowledged to have been their property." [4]

Early History of the Rundle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rundle research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1422, 1558, 1582, 1611, 1591, 1688 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Rundle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rundle Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Rundle has been recorded under many different variations, including Roundle, Roundall, Roundell, Roundill, Roundale and many more.

Early Notables of the Rundle family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Roundell of Screven living temp. Henry VI, generally understood to be the progenitor the Gledstone branch. His grandson Marmaduke Roundell married Jane Lowe in 1558 and they bore a son William Roundell who died in 1582. His son, another William was juror at the presentment as the Castle...
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rundle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Rundle migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Rundles were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Rundle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • T Rundle, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [5]
  • Walter Rundle, aged 25, who landed in New York in 1864 [5]

Australia Rundle migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Rundle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Rundle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Sovereign" in 1847 [6]
  • Elizabeth Rundle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1847 [7]
  • James Rundle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1847 [7]
  • Thomas Rundle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Theresa" in 1847 [8]
  • George Rundle, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Rundle migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Rundle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Rundle, aged 20, a farm labourer, who arrived in Napier aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • Mr. Jonathan Rundle, (b. 1859), aged 20, Cornish farm labourer departing on 30th May 1879 aboard the ship "Rakaia" going to Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 9th September 1879 [10]
  • Mr. John Henry Rundle, (b. 1840), aged 43, Cornish labourer departing on 26th September 1883 aboard the ship "Triumph" going to Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 26th November 1883 [10]
  • Miss Mary Rundle, (b. 1863), aged 20, Cornish general servant departing on 26th September 1883 aboard the ship "Triumph" going to Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 26th November 1883 [10]
  • Mrs. Annie Rundle, (b. 1839), aged 44, Cornish settler departing on 26th September 1883 aboard the ship "Triumph" going to Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 26th November 1883 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Rundle (post 1700) +

  • Charles W. Rundle (1842-1924), Union Army soldier in the American Civil War
  • Mary Beatrice Rundle (1907-2010), American Superintendent of the Women's Royal Naval Service
  • Craig Rundle (b. 1952), American football coach and former player
  • Richard Lambert Rundle (b. 1981), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Richard Rundle, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Monongalia County, 1956 [11]
  • Juliet Walker Rundle, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 9th District, 1989-91; Resigned 1991 [11]
  • John Rundle, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Iowa, 1972 [11]
  • G. Mortimer Rundle, American politician, Mayor of Danbury, Connecticut, 1895-97 [11]
  • Charles Rodney 'Charlie' Rundle (1923-1997), English professional footballer
  • Adam Rundle (b. 1984), English footballer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Arthur F Rundle (b. 1919), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Fratton, Portsmouth, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Walter Roy Rundle, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Leslie Richard Rundle, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [13]


The Rundle Motto +

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.


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITISH SOVEREIGN 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847BritishSovereign.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847DavidMalcolm.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THERESA 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Theresa.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  10. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  13. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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