The surname Tuitown came to Ireland
with the Anglo- Norman invasion
of the 12th century. The Gaelic form of the surname Tuitown is de Tiúit.
Early Origins of the Tuitown family
The surname Tuitown 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 Tuitown family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tuitown 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 Tuitown History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tuitown Spelling Variations
Church officials and medieval scribes spelled names as they sounded; therefore, single person, could have his name spelt many different ways during their lifetime. While investigating the origins of the name Tuitown, many spelling variations
were encountered, including: Tuit, Tuite, Tute, Tuitum, McRisdeard and others.
Early Notables of the Tuitown 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 Tuitown Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tuitown family to the New World and Oceana
Ireland's Great Potato Famine
left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Tuitown: James Tuite who landed in Pennsylvania in 1856; James Tute settled in Virginia in 1652.