Flood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish surname Flood begins was originally the Gaelic MacTuile, O Maoltuile, or Mac Maoltuile. "tuile" means "flood," and the names Tully and Flood were at one time interchangeable in Ireland. However, some of the Gaelic names that have become "flood" may have been mistranslations, and that contained the Gaelic "toile," meaning "toil," or "will." In Ulster, Floyd has sometimes been used as a spelling variant of Flood; however, Floyd is normally a cognate of the Welsh name Lloyd, derived from the word 'llwyd,' which means ‘grey.’

Early Origins of the Flood family

The surname Flood was first found in Connacht, where they could be found since ancient times, and were hereditary physicians to the O'Connors of Galway.

Early History of the Flood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flood research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1676, 1660, 1675, 1648, 1563, 1641, 1563, 1572, 1649, 1572, 1603, 1589, 1592, 1593, 1574 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Flood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Flood Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Flood were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Flood, Floyd, Floode, Floyde, Tully, MacTully,Talley, Tally and many more.

Early Notables of the Flood family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Thomas Tully (1620-1676), an English clergyman of Calvinist views. He was born in St. Mary's parish, Carlisle and was son of George Tully. "After the Restoration he was created D.D. on 9 Nov. 1660, and nominated one of the Royal Chaplains in Ordinary, and in April 1675 was appointed Dean of Ripon. " [1] Edward Floyd, Floud or LLoyd (d. 1648?), was a Catholic barrister who became steward in Shropshire to Lord-Chancellor Ellesmere and the Earl of Suffolk. [1] Henry Floyd (1563-1641), was an English Jesuit, elder brother of Father John Floyd, born in...
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United States Flood migration to the United States +

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Flood family in North America:

Flood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edmund Flood, who landed in Massachusetts in 1620
  • Edmond Flood, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623 [2]
  • Edmund Flood, who landed in Massachusetts in 1623 [2]
  • Sam Flood, who landed in Virginia in 1634 [2]
  • Jon Flood, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Flood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Cornelius Flood, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [2]
  • Peter Flood, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [2]
Flood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alice Flood, aged 22, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [2]
  • Elizabeth Flood, aged 24, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [2]
  • Thomas Flood, aged 20, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [2]
  • William Flood, aged 20, who arrived in Maine in 1812 [2]
  • Daniel Flood, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Flood migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Flood Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jane Flood, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Flood from Inistioge (county Kilkenny) was a resident of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1782 [3]
Flood Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Flood of Harbour Grace settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1810 [3]
  • John Flood, aged 34, a farmer, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Janet Flood, aged 30, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • James Flood, aged 15, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • John Flood, aged 2, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Flood migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Flood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward Flood, Canadian convict from Montreal, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Bridget Flood, English convict from Northumberland, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Ann Flood, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bruce" in 1846 [6]
  • Patrick Flood, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847 [7]
  • Fred Flood, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Jenny Lind" in 1850 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Flood migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Flood Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Flood, (b. 1838), aged 23, Irish farm labourer, from Antrim travelling from London aboard the ship "Royal Stuart" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th October 1861 [9]
  • William Flood, aged 62, a shoemaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
  • S. Flood, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Flood (post 1700) +

  • John H. Flood (1939-2016), American politician, Sheriff of Norfolk County, Massachusetts from 1996 to 1999
  • Brigadier-General William J. Flood (1895-1977), American Chief of Staff 7th Air Force (1942-1946) [10]
  • Daniel J. Flood (1903-1994), American politician
  • Merrill Flood, American scientist
  • Curtis Charles Flood (1938-1997), American Major League Baseball player
  • Ann Flood (b. 1934), American actress
  • Frank H. Flood (b. 1851), American Republican politician, Seneca County Coroner, 1879; Chemung County Coroner, 1898-1900; Mayor of Elmira, New York, 1900-02 [11]
  • Francis G. Flood, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1888 [11]
  • Edward Flood, American Democrat politician, Chair of Schuyler County Democratic Party, 1910 [11]
  • Douglas Flood, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Barcelona, 1938; U.S. Consul in Calcutta, 1945 [11]
  • ... (Another 36 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Thomas Flood, British Leading Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [12]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • John Flood, British aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [13]


The Flood Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vis unita fortior
Motto Translation: Strength united is the more powerful.


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY BRUCE 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846LadyBruce.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Trafalgar.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JENNY LIND 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JennyLind.gif
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) William Flood. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Flood/William_J./USA.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  13. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html


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