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O'tully Coat of Arms / O'tully Family Crest

Families who bear this name O'TULLY descend from the ancient Irish families of physicians called Mac An Tuile or O'Maoltuile, whose homeland was in County Cavan, County Longford region, where their one time presence is commemorated in the name of the townland of Tullystown in the barony of Fore, County Westmeath, close to the County Longford and County Cavan borders. When the sparse Irish population began to increase it became necessary to broaden the base of personal identification by moving from single names to a more definite nomenclature. The prefix MAC was given to the father's christian name, or O to that of a grandfather or even earlier ancestor. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. During the Middle Ages, when people were unable to read or write signs were needed for all visual identification. For several centuries city streets in Britain were filled with signs of all kinds, public houses, tradesmen and even private householders found them necessary. This was an age when there were no numbered houses, and an address was a descriptive phrase that made use of a convenient landmark. At this time, coat of arms came into being, for the practical reason that men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way. Early records of the name mention Thomas of Tillow, a priest and Andrew of Tullowe, who were granted safe conducts into England in 1424. David Tullie, portioner of Kynmouth in 1588. (A portioner was one who possessed part of a property which had been originally divided among co-heirs). The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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