This interesting surname is derived from the regional or ethnic name Romero, which is used to describe a Roman or more generally an Italian, deriving from the Latin Romarus. It may also be a nickname for a pilgrim, deriving from the Middle English "Romere". Finally, it may be a locational name from Roumare, near Rouen in France. The surname dates back to the late 12th Century, (see below). Further recordings include Christiana la Romere (1274) "The Hundred Rolls of Suffolk" and John Romere (1296) "The Subsidy Rolls of Sussex". Variations in the idiom of the spelling include Romer, Rummer, Rummrey, etc.. One Katherine Rummery was christened at St. Giles Cripplegate, London, on January 21st 1626. William, son of Humphry Rummery, was christened on January 21st 1626, at St. Giles Cripplegate, London. Jane Rumrey married Thomas Pallate on November 23rd 1669, at St. Dunstan, Stepney, and Elizabeth Rummery married Frederick Meadow on June 5th 1843, at St. James, Paddington, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de Romana, which was dated 1190, The Pipe Rolls of Lincolnshire, during the reign of King Richard 1, "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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