This interesting and unusual name of Medieval English origin is a dialectal variant of Rumbold, itself a surname deriving from the Norman personal name Rumbald, composed of the Germanic elements 'hrum', renown, with 'bold', brave; a name which no doubt contributed to its popularity! One "Rumbalbus" (without surname) appears in the Domesday Book of Gloucestershire in 1086. The surname first appears in the late 12th Century (see below). Other early recordings include William Rumbol (1222, Essex), William Rumbolt (1327, Cambridge). In the the modern idiom the surname has many variant spellings, including; Rumball, Rumbell, Rumbold, Rumbolt, Rumbol, Rumble, and Rumbles. On January 3rd 1710, Mary, daughter of Thomas and Lydia Rumble, was christened at St. Giles, Cripplegate London. The marriage of James Rumbeland Elizabeth Smith took place in St. George Mayfair, Westminster, on February 4th 1748. Thomas, son of Thomas and Susanna Rumble, was christened on October 10th 1751, at St. Botolph, Bishopsgate, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Roger Rumbald, which was dated 1191, The Essex Pipe Rolls, during the reign of King Richard 1st, 'The Lionheart', 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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