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English: topographic name for someone who lived by a small stream or
an intermittent spring (Old English flōd(e), from flōwan
Anglicized form of the Welsh personal name Llwyd (see
Irish: translation of various names correctly or erroneously
associated with Gaelic tuile ‘flood’ (see
|Dictionary of American Family
Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4
Tully — O Taicligh or Mac an Tuile, "flood". The family
name to Flood when the English outlawed the Gaelic language.
MacAtilla. Cavan, Connacht, Longford, Westmeath
See below for the
distribution of the surname Flood by county
The following is an
extract from "Irish Families", by Edward MacLysaght
Flood This name is fairly common in Counties Galway and Cavan but rare
elsewhere (except in the city of Dublin where, of course, names from all
parts ofIreland are to be found). It was formerly MacTully, and the form
MacAtilla is used to-day in some places which suggests that the name in
Irish was MacTuile or Mac a'tuile, meaning son of the flood; and it is a
fact that the surnames Tully and Flood were at one time interchangeable
and that what has been termed a mistranslation may indeed be a
In the Elizabethan Fiants we
find Dionysius Flood alias Donogh O'Multilly. O'Multilly, spelt O'Moltolle
in another case, is b
Maoltuile in Irish. It has been stated by usually
reliable authorities that MacTuile is a corruption of
Maoltuile and that the
latter is the real name of the celebrated medical family, but the form Mac
Tuile appears in a seventeenth century manuscript which is a copy by a
well-known scribe of a thirteenth century manuscript. The original,
written by an eye witness of the inauguration of Cathal O'Connor, last
King of Connacht, describes MacTully (Mac Tuile) who was present as
O'Connor's physician. The MacTullys were in fact hereditary physicians not
only to the O'Connors but also to the O'Reillys of Breffny. This accounts
for the modern distribution of the name given above. The place-name
Tullystown near Granard is associated with the Breffny branch of the
family. The Tullys listed in the 1691 attainders are all of Co. Galway and
the leading family whose arms are illustrated on Plate XXVII are of that
county. The same arms are used by the Floods of Co. Kilkenny.
Some Floods are of English
extraction, but in Ireland they are mainly
Maoltuile or Mac Maoltuile,
abbreviated to Mac anTuile or MacTuile, anglicized MacAtilla or MacTully
as well as Flood. Tuile means flood, but probably it is here for
toile-genitive of toil, will, i.e. the will of God.
is reported from Co. Galway (Cong district) as entered in a birth
registration by a family usually called Flood. The Irish in this case is
for b Tuile,
which is a colloquial contraction of the original form. (See above).
O'Thina has no connexion with the surname Thynne.
Clare name is there pronounced Tyne and was formerly so spelt, e.g.
Dermot O'Tine of Kilshanny (the homeland of this Irish sept) whose
outlawry as a Jacobite was reversed in 1699. It is
Tiemhin in Irish,
and has no connexion
with a similar English name pronounced Thin. A notable member of
the Clare sept was Andrew Joseph Thynne (1847-1927) who as lawyer,
politician and soldier was a prominent figure in Queensland,
Australia, for more than forty years.
The most noteworthy of the
Tullys was Father Fiacre Tully, O.F.M., who in the years 1625-1631
was extremely active in Rome in the Irish interest. The Floods of
Co. Kilkenny are said to be of English extraction. To this family
belonged two notable politicians:
Sir Frederick Flood (1741-1824) and Henry Flood (1732-1791),
both prominent as Volunteers and opponents of the Union, the latter
one of the outstanding personalities of eighteenth century Ireland.
The distinguished Rev. Dr. Peter Flood (d. 1803), President of St.
Patrick's College, Maynooth, on the other hand, give that measure
some support. William Henry Grattan Flood (1867-1928), author of the
History of Irish Music, was a noted composer of liturgical
Tully, alias Tally, is also
the anglicized form of the Irish surname
Taithligh borne by
a sept located near Omagh, Co. Tyrone, of which, however, little
trace remains to-day. They were erenaghs of Devenish.
are locations in Ireland where the Flood surname was found in Griffiths
Valuation, 1848-1864. Griffiths was a tax list of those who rented or
owned land. The numbers are the number of entries for the surname in that
Cork City 1
Conquest of Ireland lead by Strongbow
introduced the first non-Gaelic elements into Irish nomenclature. These
Anglo-Normans brought some traditions to Ireland that were not readily found
within Gaelic system of hereditary surnames. One of the best examples of this
is the local surname. Local surnames, such as Rochefort, were taken from the
name of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land,
or was born. These surnames were very common in England, but were almost
non-existent within Ireland previous to the conquest. The earliest surnames of
this type came from Normandy, but as the Normans
moved, they often created names in reference
to where they actually resided. Therefore, some settlers eventually
took names from Irish places. Originally, these place names were prefixed by
de, which means from in French. This type
of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname, if the
place name began with a vowel, or was
eliminated entirely. The Rochefort family originally lived in either of
the settlements called Rochford in the English counties of Essex and
Worcestershire. The surname Rochefort belongs to the large category of
Anglo-Norman habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for
towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The Rochefort family of county Cork
was originally surnamed de Ridlesford. Their name became Rochefort through a
mistranslation of the Gaelic form of the name.
Spelling variations include: Rockford,
Rockfort, Rochfort, Rochefort, Roakfort, Roakford, Rochford, Rocheford,
Roachford, Roachfort, Rockfurd, Rockfurt, Ruckford, Ruckfort, Rucford and many
First found in counties Meath and Kilkenny
where they had been granted lands by Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, during the
Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland in 1172.
Some of the first settlers of this name or
some of its variants were:
Denis Rochford, his wife Mary and two children, who
settled in Pennsylvania
in 1682; and Peter Rockford, who settled in
Philadelphia in 1875.
IRISH NAMING PATTERNS
"As if the
cursed Irish naming pattern wasn't enough to cause someone to
drink, they habitually used/use nicknames due to the pattern. Thus we
get Nellie for Ellen, Nora for Honora, Donal for Daniel, etc.
several including Biddy, Birdie, Brid, Delia, Della, Del, and according to
Margaret is another name for Bridget. Go figure!
Now where's my drink . . ."
Above posted by
Dan Hogan to
The 1st son was usually named after the father’s father
The 1st daughter was usually named after the mother’s mother
the 2nd son was usually named after the mother’s father
the 2nd daughter was usually named after the father’s mother
the 3rd son was usually named after the father
the 3rd daughter was usually named after the mother
the 4th son was usually named after the father’s eldest brother
the 4th daughter was usually named after the mother’s eldest sister
the 5th son was usually named after the mothers eldest brother
the 5th daughter was usually named after the fathers eldest sister.
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