MacRisdeard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The surname MacRisdeard came to Ireland with the Anglo- Norman invasion of the 12th century. The Gaelic form of the surname MacRisdeard is de Tiúit.
Early Origins of the MacRisdeard family
The surname MacRisdeard was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Thwaite near Erpingham in that shire. Originally of Le Thuit, Eure in the Canton of Les Adnelys, before the Norman Conquest in 1066, Ralph del Tuit was described as 'the man' of Berenger de Todeni, son of Duke Robert of Normandy. After the Conquest, Ralph acquired lands from the Abbott of Holme near Erpingham, lands which he called Tuit, recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086 as Thwaite. However, the family also retained the name Tuite. In 1172 Risteárd de Tiúit (Richard La Tuite) was a member of Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke's Irish invasion force. He built one of the largest Motte and Bailey settlements in Ireland at Granard in 1199 and rose to become Lord Chief Justice of Ireland.
Important Dates for the MacRisdeard family
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MacRisdeard Spelling Variations
It was found during an investigation of the origins of the name MacRisdeard that church officials and medieval scribes often spelled the name as it sounded. This practice lead to a single person's being documented under many spelling variations. The name MacRisdeard has existed in the various shapes: Tuit, Tuite, Tute, Tuitum, McRisdeard and others.
Early Notables of the MacRisdeard family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family up to this time was the Tuite Baronetcy, of Sonna (An Sonnach) in the County of Westmeath which includes: Sir Oliver Tuite, 1st Baronet (c. 1588-1642)...
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Migration of the MacRisdeard family
Irish immigration to North American began in the late 18th century as many Irish families desired to own their own land. This pattern of immigration grew slowly yet steadily until the 1840s. At that time, a failed crop and a growing population in Ireland resulted in the Great Potato Famine. Poverty, disease, and starvation ravaged the land. To ease their pain and suffering the Irish often looked upon North America as a solution: hundreds of thousands undertook the voyage. Their arrival meant the growth of industry and commerce for British North America and the United States. For the individual Irishman, it meant survival and hope, and the opportunity for work, freedom, and ownership of land. The early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name MacRisdeard: James Tuite who landed in Pennsylvania in 1856; James Tute settled in Virginia in 1652.