This surname of TURBRETT was derived from the Gaelic O'TIOBRAIDE (meaning a well) This County Clare name occurs in several early manuscripts like the Book of Lecan. By the sixteenth century the name had become TUBRID.
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, against his enemies, merging into the cultural developments. Under Elizabeth 1 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. The name has many variant spellings which include Turbard, Tubirt, Turbett, Tubbrett and Tarbrett.
Early records of the name also include Alanus Torberti, 1212, County Berkshire.
John Turbot was documented in County Hertford in the year of 1221. Thomas Torabat was listed in Cambridge in 1279. Edwin Tubbritt was recorded in County Yorkshire in the year 1379.
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