The surname Tuitum came to Ireland
with the Anglo- Norman invasion
of the 12th century. The Gaelic form of the surname Tuitum is de Tiúit.
Early Origins of the Tuitum family
The surname Tuitum 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 Tuitum family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tuitum 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 Tuitum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tuitum Spelling Variations
Medieval scribes and church officials often spelled the name Tuitum as it sounded to them. As a result, the name Tuitum, over the ages, has attained many spelling variations
including Tuit, Tuite, Tute, Tuitum, McRisdeard and others.
Early Notables of the Tuitum 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 Tuitum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tuitum family to the New World and Oceana
experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape the horrific conditions. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families
. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Tuitum: James Tuite who landed in Pennsylvania in 1856; James Tute settled in Virginia in 1652.