The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burke's General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The arms are registered at TUITESTOWN, County Westmeath. Granted in 1624. This Irish surname of TUITE was originally a Norman habitation name. From an early date it was taken as an Anglicization of the Gaelic Mac Confhiaclaigh 'son of Cu Fhiaclah' a personal name meaning 'Large-toothed hound'. The name was translated into English as TOOTH. This is the name of an Irish family established in Ireland by Sir Richard de TUITE, who died in 1211, a member of the force which accompanied Strongbow's invasion of Ireland in 1172. Ireland is one of the earliest sources of the development of patronymic names in northern Europe. Irish Clan or bynames can be traced back to the 4th century B.C. and Mac (son of) and O (grandson or ancestor of) evolved from this base, the original literal meaning of which has been lost due to the absence of written records and linguistic ambivalences which subtly but inexorably became adopted through usage. Genealogists and lexographers accept that the patronymic base does not refer to a location, quite the contrary. The use of the prefix 'Bally' (town of) attaching to the base name, identifying the location. The base root was also adopted by people residing in the demographic area without a common ancestor. These groups called 'Septs' were specially prevalent in Ireland. The first Normans arrived in Ireland in the 12th and 13th centuries to form an alliance with the King of Leinster. Under Elizabeth I in the 16th century, settlers from England established themselves around Dublin, then under English control and Presbyterian Scots emigrated to Ulster, introducing English and Scottish roots. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.
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