The surname MacRisdeeard came to Ireland
with the Anglo- Norman invasion
of the 12th century. The Gaelic form of the surname MacRisdeeard is de Tiúit.
Early Origins of the MacRisdeeard family
The surname MacRisdeeard 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 MacRisdeeard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacRisdeeard 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 MacRisdeeard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacRisdeeard Spelling Variations
Since church officials and medieval scribes spelt each name as it sounded to them; as a result, a single person could accumulate many different versions of his name within official records. A close examination of the origins of the name MacRisdeeard revealed the following spelling variations: Tuit, Tuite, Tute, Tuitum, McRisdeard and others.
Early Notables of the MacRisdeeard 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 MacRisdeeard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacRisdeeard family to the New World and Oceana
During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families
often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North America. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name MacRisdeeard: James Tuite who landed in Pennsylvania in 1856; James Tute settled in Virginia in 1652.