Tullis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish surname Tullis 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 Tullis family

The surname Tullis 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 Tullis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tullis research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1676, 1660, 1675, 1648, 1563, 1641, 1563, 1572, 1649, 1572, 1603, 1589, 1592, 1593, 1574 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Tullis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tullis Spelling Variations

Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Tullis family name. Variations found include Flood, Floyd, Floode, Floyde, Tully, MacTully,Talley, Tally and many more.

Early Notables of the Tullis family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Thomas Tully (1620-1676), an English clergyman of Calvinist views. He was born in St. Mary's parish, Carlisle and was son of George Tully. "After the Restoration he was created D.D. on 9 Nov. 1660, and nominated one of the Royal Chaplains in Ordinary, and in April 1675 was appointed Dean of Ripon. " [1] Edward Floyd, Floud or LLoyd (d. 1648?), was a Catholic barrister who became steward in Shropshire to Lord-Chancellor Ellesmere and the Earl of Suffolk. [1] Henry Floyd (1563-1641), was an English Jesuit, elder brother of Father John Floyd, born in...
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United States Tullis migration to the United States +

To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Tullis or a variant listed above, including:

Tullis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Annina Tullis, aged 3, who landed in America, in 1897
Tullis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • M. S. Tullis, aged 25, who immigrated to America, in 1904
  • Alexander Y. Tullis, aged 50, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1909
  • Christina R. Tullis, aged 47, who landed in America from London, England, in 1909
  • Florence Tullis, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1913
  • Glissoni Tullis, aged 27, who landed in America from London, England, in 1913
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New Zealand Tullis migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Tullis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • David Tullis, aged 29, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [2]
  • Maria Alletta Tullis, aged 22, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [2]
  • Mary Mitchell Tullis, aged 1, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tullis (post 1700) +

  • Willie James Tullis (b. 1958), American retired NFL football defensive back
  • Walter Tullis (b. 1953), American retired NFL football wide receiver
  • Garner Handy Tullis (b. 1939), American artist
  • Floyd LaMond Tullis (b. 1935), American professor of political science
  • Edward Lewis Tullis (1917-2005), American Bishop of the United Methodist Church
  • Dan Tullis Jr., American actor
  • Julie Tullis (1939-1986), British climber and film-maker who died on the descent of K2

The Tullis 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.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm

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