The surname Risdeard came to Ireland
with the Anglo- Norman invasion
of the 12th century. The Gaelic form of the surname Risdeard is de Tiúit.
Early Origins of the Risdeard family
The surname Risdeard 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 Risdeard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Risdeard 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 Risdeard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Risdeard Spelling Variations
Names were simply spelled as they sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, his name was often spelt in many different ways, explaining the many spelling variations
encountered while researching the name Risdeard. Some of these variations included: Tuit, Tuite, Tute, Tuitum, McRisdeard and others.
Early Notables of the Risdeard 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 Risdeard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Risdeard family to the New World and Oceana
The Irish emigration during the late 18th and 19th century contributed to the melting pot of nationalities in North America, and the building of a whole new era of industry and commerce in what was seen as a rich, new land. Ireland's Great Potato Famine
resulted in the worst economic and social conditions in the island's history. And in response to the hunger, disease, and poverty, during this decade the total number of emigrants to leave for North America rivaled all the previous years combined. Those from this decade that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Research into early immigration and passenger lists has shown many people bearing the name Risdeard: James Tuite who landed in Pennsylvania in 1856; James Tute settled in Virginia in 1652.