Origin of the Name Flood
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Flood
include Floody, Floyd, Tully and McAtilla. These names are anglicized forms of the Gaelic O'Maoltuile and MacMaoltuile sept names.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
The Gaelic word 'tuile' means 'flood' and explains the anglicized form of these names as Flood, as well as Tully and McAtilla. The MacTullys were hereditary physicians not only to the O'Connors but also the O'Reillys of Breffny. The placename Tullystown near Granard in County Longford is associated with the Breffny branch of the family. The Tullys listed in the 1691 attainers are all of County Galway and the leading families of the name are of that country. Another sept was located near County Tyrone of which little trace remains today. Floody is a variant found in Counties Louth and Cavan. Floyd is an occasional variant of Flood found in Ulster . The name Flood was also introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century.
The Flood coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Flood descendants.