History of Rundle Surname

 A History of the RUNDLE SURNAME

*Note: I took this information from The Rundle Family: From Cornwall to America. The link is at the bottom of the page. I just wanted to make sure that is was saved somewhere.~Mary Stanford Pitkin.

The name is known to be of great antiquity in Cornwall. Several branches are still resident in the neighborhoods of Looe and Liskeard. In addition, branches have spread to the US, Canada, Austrailia, South Africa and all over England

All of the different spellings were typically linked to a common root, one of the nobles at the Battle of Hastings. It has been differently spelled as Rundle, Randall and Rendle, amongst others. Scribes recorded and spelled the name as it sounded. It was not unlikely that a person would be born with one spelling, married with another, and buried with a headstone, which showed another. All three spellings related to the same person. Sometimes preferences for different spelling variations either came from a division of the family, or, had religious reasons, or sometimes-patriotic reasons. In my accounts, I have spelled the name as found.

According to A Dictionary of British Surnames written by P.H. Reaney, the surname RUNDLE might be a diminutive of rond v. ROUND and was used to describe the man who was slightly round at the middle. Occasionally, RUNDLE identified the man who was from RUNDALE, in Shoreham Parish, Kent.

The RUNDLE name is found in the Domesday Book of 1086. It was a notable English family name. But the documented connections to the family name start in the 13th century in a small manor near Cobham, Kent. This site is now called Randall Wood and is a nature reserve. The great Baronial family of Cobham was seated as Lords of the manor Roundell in the parish of Shorne. 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 Devonshire, Cornwall and Somerset. Stephen de Cobham de Rundele in 1326 became the first Baron Rundell.

The Cobhams de Rundale died out in Kent, but it seems likely this family was the source of the many Rundles in Devon (where at one time they were the holders of thirteen farms) and Cornwall in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

In 1301 a John de Cobham de Rundale of Devon had inherited, by marriage, the ownership of the Manor of Hilton near Launceston and property at Trematon in Cornwall and two manors in south-west Devon. With the death of his son John, the second Baron Rundell in 1362, we are told that the short lived title became extinct, even though he had two sons, Thomas and John.


The family succession leading to the Rundles of Hole (a farm at St. Neot) may well have been this:


Henry de Cobham granted Manor of Cobham.


John de Cobham acquires neighboring Manor of Rundale with fifty acres.

13th century

His son, Henry de Cobham inherits Rundale.


His son, Stephen de Cobham de Rundele becomes first Baron Rundell.

14th century

His son, John becomes second Baron Rundell.


His son, Thomas is owner of Rundale.


John de Cobham acquires, through marriage, properties in south-west Devon.

Early 14th C

Members of the family settle in southwest Devon.


Many Rundles recorded in the Parish Registers of Lamerton, Milton Abbot and Sydenham Damerell (had interests in thirteen farms in 1588). A stone in the church of Lamerton records the burial of “William Roundell of Willastreive” in 1532.

C 1500

A section of the family splits off to Antony and nearby Maker (Richard Rundle mentioned in Muster Rolls 1559 and his will 1587, William’s will 1592, several Rundles in Maker Register of the time).


Rundles split off to Hole (a farm at St. Neot). James Rundle was churchwarden and a “twelve-man” of St. Neot in 1611.


from ~ The Rundle Family: From Cornwall to America

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9 thoughts on “History of Rundle Surname”

  1. I have been trying to research the Rundell name. Three Rundells cames to the Mississippi Territory in 1788 and 1790 and received land grants from the Spanish Government. Their names were Seth, Joshua and Josiah Rundell. I do not know their point of origin but I believe they migrated along with the Lobdell family, in particular James and Abraham, brothers. Seth married Elizabeth Lobdell and Joshua married Rachel(Rachael)Lobdell. I believe they came from Connecticut, either Greenwich,Fairfield, Conn. or Stamford, Conn. Any help would be appreciated. I do not know whether they were brothers, cousins, fathers,sons or uncles. Help.’

  2. I put my last name in google and clicked on this link, my names thomas hastings rundle, i never got why my middle name was hastings until i read this and spoke to my dad whom his name is also s. hastings rundle along with his father p. hastings rundle it has been known that it is a tridition to pass down the middle name hastings as it was genarated from the battle of hastings. i feel really happy to of found this website.


  3. Hi, very briefly I live in Sydney, Australia & can trace my lineage back to Thomas Rundle (dob 1727), St Mewan, Cornwall. Decendants mostly lived around St Ewe & St Pinnock, Cornwall. My grandfather was Joseph Rundle (dob 1869). Can supply more info & interested to get your feedback. Bye for now.

  4. On the baptismal certificate of John Nicholls son of William Hodges Nicholls and Jane Rundle, recorded is the name of Henry Rundle & his wife Elizabeth.
    Jane Rundle, according to Cornish Census was born/baptised in St Ewe around 1805, however, we have never been able to find any trace of her.
    We have found Henry Rundle and Elizabeth Gumb who married in Stokes Climsland, Devon 24 August 1797, but, we have not been able to connect Henry Rundle to any other Rundles.
    We also have a list of their children: Elizabeth 1798; Mary Gumb 1800; Ann 1801; Nicholas 1813; Mary
    I guess our Jane fits in there around 1805, we live in hope that somebody may have found her…maybe with her granny, aunt….or ….. ???
    Is there anybody who would know the family into which this Henry Rundle fits?

    Best Wishes

  5. Don’t you hate those brick walls where an individual either seems to appear out of no where.. or just drops off the face of the earth. I’ve done some research with St. Ewe parish registers, but it was to research my Clark family who married in to my Rundles in the mid 1800s. And I haven’t done much at all with Devon Rundles. I’ll keep my eyes openl.

  6. I have search our family name a number of times, I have been told by family members that we were related to a missionary who brought christianity to the north american indians and was so revered that they named a mountain after hiom. Mt Rundle. If any information in regard to family tree’s can be sent to me, please feel free to do so. Many thanks to all family members.



  7. Hi my father and grandfather was H.G.Rundle and i am the 3rd. I live in South Africa in a city called Port Elizabeth , my grandfather had past on before i was born but i think he was round about 1805. I will have a chat with my uncle Pat to see if he has any other info on the family . My father had two brother and a few sisters his brothers name are Patrick and Billy . Billy has passed on. Billy has a son called Greg, Patrick has two sons called Rodrick and Wesley. We all live in South Africa . Would like to know if any of my family live abroad and how we are related .

    Thanks Gordon

  8. Gday extended family. I am researching the family history of the Rundle’s in Australia. There was a family group that was part of the founding of Adelaide in South Australia (1847) and i am still trying to see if we are linked to them. Unfortunately there are a few William Rundles in the 1800’s and I am still struggling to get some more info. The current 4 generations are all based in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. Cheers.

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