Mrs. L.W. Mumme, Agnes, did extensive research on the Mumme Family during the 1960's. She found references that may or may not pertain to the modern Mumme Family. It is difficult to tell when a legend ends and reality commences. So, we repeat the legend and then start weaving it into the real history of the family - as we know it.
Since the name "Mummo" is entirely uncommon in the region of Holland, it is assumed they were the descendants of old Roman plebes of the Mummius family.
The family stood next to the Dutch rulers as well as the government rulers of ancient Roman times. (All but consuls, praetors and censors, were counted as inferior magistrates.)
In B.C. 187, there existed in the Nation's Tribune, a Q, and a Lucius Mummius, and the latter was Praetor of Sardinien.
In B.C. 146, the second Lucius Mummius was the Roman consul who was placed in command of an army of 30,000 men which conquered the Greek city of Corinth. After his victory, he built a temple to Hercules Victor. This temple still stands in Rome.
Scipio Mummius, brother of Lucius, was Legat (assistant to the General) at the field battle against Corinth. He was also a poet and was often mentioned by Cicero as orator at the Stoa. Cicero also accompanied the young Scipio Mummius to Asien in 132, B.C.
Mummia Achaica, a great-granddaughter of the Consul Lucius Mummius, was the mother of Kaiser (Emperor) Galba.
Servius Sulpicius Galba, successor of Nero, was born Dec. 24, B.C. 3. He was made Praetor 20 A.D., and afterwards, the governor of Aquitania. In 33 A.D. he was raised to a consulship. Caligula appointed him General in Germany, and Claudius sent him in 45 A.D. as proconsul to Africa. He then lived in retirement until the middle of Nero's reign, when the emperor appointed him Governor of Hispania Tarraconensis (province of Spain). But soon after Nero ordered him to be assassinate, Galba revolted; the death of Nero followed in A.D. 68, and Galba was chosen emperor by the praetorian cohorts in Rome. He went directly to Rome, but soon made himself unpopular by cruelty and avarice, and he was slain in the forum, Jan. 15, A.D. 69. He had been emperor for seven months. In the Hall of Emperors, at the Borghese Gallery in Rome. A marble bust of Galba stands next to Nero's.
Mummius Luperous was a Roman General against the uprising Bataver (the Latin name for Holland and the whole kingdom of the Netherlands.) Some of the men of the name of Mummius were sent to Holland as consuls, praetors and censors. In this way, the family became established in the Netherlands.
Books on family crests indicate the first Mumme Crest was adopted by a Sir Knight Crusader during the first crusade A.D. 1096.
Books contain records of Mumme's in Holland beginning in the year 1177. The books seem to be mostly records of deeds, grants, and marriages, etc.
There stands a 2000 year old bronze statue of Mammio Massimo in the Naples museum. The statue was found in Herculaneum, a city which was also buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Beside the statue are stone plaques listing the name Mummius and Massimo in several places as officials of their time.