The English surname Round, found chiefly in the East Midlands, is a nickname for a plump person, from Middle English, Old French rond, rund ‘fat’, ‘round’ (Latin rotundus). The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ralph Rund (witness), which was dated 1202, The Fine Court Rolls of Essex. The name is particularly well recorded in London Church Registers from the early 17th Century. In 1626 Dorothy daughter of William Round was christened in St. James's Church, Clerkenwell, London and on July 18th 1633 Benedictine Round and William Wright were married at St. Dunstan, Stepney.
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