The Irish surname O'Floood 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 O'Floood family
The surname O'Floood 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 O'Floood family
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O'Floood Spelling Variations
Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations
of the surname O'Floood 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 O'Floood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Floood family to the New World and Oceana
The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families
for the distant shores of North America and Australia
. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England
. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence
. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland
at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the O'Floood family relocated to North American shores quite early: Edmund Flood who landed in Massachusetts in 1620; David Flood settled in Virginia in 1637; followed by Abraham Flood 1650; John in 1652; Arthur Floyd settled in Virginia in 1647.
The O'Floood 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.