Origin of Surname
This surname is found in over 70 known spellings including Roman, Romain, Roma, Romao, Romeo, Romero, Romeril, Romanet, Romilly, Romanski and Romero, to give just a few of the forms. It is recorded in almost every European country.
In general there are two origins, the first being that the name identifies a former citizen of Rome, but as the only place that most people had ever heard of outside their own country was Rome, this surname also became a description for all Italians!
Secondly the religious revival of the Middle Ages and the Crusades to free the Holy Land created a major boost for any name associated with centres of Christianity. Rome being the centre of Christianity, the name was even given to people who had been to Rome on a pilgrimage.
Bearers of this surname have been residing in Jersey from at least 1440, mostly in the northern parish of St John. Anthony Romeril is listed in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550
Baptism records show that the family was established in St Saviour in the middle of the 16th century, and then in St Helier and Trinity, before spreading throughout the island. The following records predate church registers.
- Vincent Romeril of St John was born about 1470, married Jane, and founded one of the three Romeril families that lived in that parish in subsequent centuries
- Leonard Romeril was born in Jersey about 1500 and married Jeannette Le Boutillier of Trinity, with which parish he was subsequently associated. He died in 1570
- Francoise Romeril was born in St Saviour about 1536 and married Guyon Ahier in 1557
- Servaise Romeril was born in Jersey about 1572 and married Vincent Marett
- John Romeril was born in St John about 1574 and married Jane
- Susanne Romeril was born in Jersey about 1576 and married Jean Pinel
- Matthieu Romeril was born in St John about 1575 and married Perronelle Le Montais
- Anne Romeril was born in St John about 1587 and married Pierre Maret there on 16 September 1612
- Clement Romeril was born in St John about 1589
Argent, a cross indented, sable : J B Payne, An Armorial of Jersey, (1865)
- Romeril, 1668
- Romerill 1607
- Rommeril 1597
- Romeryll 1528
The first two trees below are both of Romerils in St Lawrence. They are believed to be connected in the 17th century but the link has not been positively established
- Descendants of Jean Romeril and Elizabeth Conefray
- Descendants of Philippe Romeril and Marie Pinel
- Descendants of Jean Romeril
- Descendants of Nicolas Romeril
- Descendants of Clement Romeril
- Descendants of Edouard Romeril
- Descendants of Jean Romeril - 2
- Descendants of Jacques Romeril Added 2021
- Descendants of Jean Romeril - 3 Added 2021
- Descendants of Vincent Romeril Added 2021
- Romeril baptisms in Jersey
- Romeril marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Romeril marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Romeril burials in Jersey
- The Romeril family, by the Rev J A Messervy
- The story of the Romeril family who were on the Chimborazo
- Mary Billot and Francis Romeril
- Francois Romeril and Mary Billot
- Who was Francis Romeril's father? - a genealogical detective story
- Francois Amice Romeril, journalist
Great War service
- Edward Romeril was a tailor at 69 King Street in the 1860s ...
- ... whether the same Edward, or perhaps his son, there was an Edward Romeril, draper and tailor, at 74 King Street in the 1870s and '80s
- La Fontaine, Ville a l'Eveque, Trinity
- Greenhill, St Lawrence
- Le Manoir de Malorey, St Lawrence
- Le Nord, St John
- Beau Rivage, St Lawrence
New Zealand newspaper cuttings
These articles and photographs relating to descendants of Jersey Romeril families have been found in New Zealand newspaper archives
Hawkes Bay 1898 - Captain George Romeril (1844-1922) commanded the Kahu and Toroa, and traded for many years in Chatham Islands. These ships provided a service between New Zealand and the Chatham Islands. Captain Romeril retired in 1900 after fourteen years of service on these two ships.
Evening Post 1939 - William Campbell Romeril (1910-1940) was another son of Percy Samuel and Joan
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The grave of Great War casualty George Robert Romeril at Dranoutre Military Cemetery, Belgium
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