The surname MacRisdeart came to Ireland
with the Anglo- Norman invasion
of the 12th century. The Gaelic form of the surname MacRisdeart is de Tiúit.
Early Origins of the MacRisdeart family
The surname MacRisdeart 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.
Early History of the MacRisdeart family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacRisdeart research.Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1640, 1588, 1642, 1633, 1661, 1664, 1679, 1677 and 1727 are included under the topic Early MacRisdeart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacRisdeart Spelling Variations
Church officials and medieval scribes often simply spelled names as they sounded. As a result, a single person's name may have been recorded a dozen different ways during his lifetime. Spelling variations
for the name MacRisdeart include: Tuit, Tuite, Tute, Tuitum, McRisdeard and others.
Early Notables of the MacRisdeart 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)... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacRisdeart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacRisdeart family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1840s, Ireland
experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine
. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name MacRisdeart: James Tuite who landed in Pennsylvania in 1856; James Tute settled in Virginia in 1652.