The Origins of the Rumbol(d)t Name

Rumbol(d)t, surnames of England from the Old German personal name Rumbald containing the elements glory and bold, "popular through the precocious Saint Rumbald, or Rumwald [? 7th century], who at birth confessed himself a Christian, demanded baptisim, preached a sermon, and died aged three days," or from the English place name Rumbold Farm or Rumbolds-Wyke (Sussex). Researched by Reaney, Cottle and Guppy, traced by Guppy in Hampshire.

St. Rumbold (Rumwald, Rumwold, Rumbald)

The story of this infant saint revolves around the South Midlands. Traditionally, he was a child of the royal family of the Midland kingdom of Mercia, a grandson of King Penda (+654) and son of a Christian mother and pagan father, from Northumbria. He is said to have been born at Sutton (thereafter King's Sutton) near Banbury. His legend has it that he died aged 3 days, but that in that time he said several times "I am a Christian", expressed his faith in the Holy Trinity, asked for Baptism and Holy Communion, preached on the Holy Trinity and the need for a virtuous life, quoted Scripture and recited the Athanasian Creed. Buried at King's Sutton, he was later moved to Buckingham. A number of churches are dedicated to this remarkable child, whose infant achievements make those of Jesus seem marginally inadequate, while the famous Abbey of Boxley, near Maidstone, had a statue of him, burnt at the Reformation, and his name crops up not infrequently in medieval road and street names.

In Newfoundland:

Early instances:

John Rumbolt, of Hawkes Bay, Lab, 1787, of Hawkes Post, Lab, 1789 - 1795, had a planter account with Slades' firm at Fogo, 1801 (Mun Hist.)
Alfred Rinnbolt, of Port au Choix, 1871 (Lovell) Patrick and John Rumbolt, of New Ferolle Cove (St Barbe District), 1873 (Mun Hist.)

Modern Status:

Rumboldt, at St John's, Coley's Point and Corner Brook;
Rumbolt, scattered in the St Barbe, Humber East and West districts.

Place name:

Rumbolts Cove, Lab;Rumbolt's Lane, Corner Brook

Family tradition

states that there were four Rumbolt brothers who came to Labrador from England. Sometime later one crossed the Straits of Belle Isle and settled in New Ferolle. A second may have first been on the Northern Peninsula and then relocated to the Bone Bay area. The remaining two brothers appear to have stayed in Labrador.

According to Ross Rumbolt of St Anthony, whose ancestry reaches back to Mary's Harbour, Lab, John Rumbolt was the first of the Rumbolts to cross the Staits. A headstone in the Roman Catholic cemetry states that one Elizabeth Rumbolt died Aug 16, 1907 aged 88. Local residents claim that she was the wife of the first Rumbolt settler in the area

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