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This interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational surname deriving from the place called Romsey in Hampshire. The placename is first recorded in the Saxon Charters of 966 as "Romeseye", and in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Romesy". The placename means "Rum's island", derived from the genitive case of the Olde English pre 7th Century personal name "Rum", a short form of compound names with the first element "rum", "wide", or "renown", with the Olde English word "ey", island or dry land in a fen.

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