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Tully is a surname of Irish origin. The surname itself and its variants include; Tally, MacTully, Tilly and Flood, all of which can derive from several different unrelated Irish families such as; Ó Maoltuile, Taithligh, Mac Maoltuile, Ó Taithligh, and Mac an Tuile. Some MacTullys changed their name to Flood as "tuile" is Irish for flood.[1][2]

Tully is also an anglicised form of the Irish word tulach or tulaigh meaning a hill or mound, and is used in various Irish place names.[3]

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  1. ^ O'Laughlin, Michael C. (2002). Tally & Flood. Irish Roots Cafe. p. 250. Retrieved 2011-02-02. "Mac an Tuile, O Maoltuile, taithligh, MacTully, Mac Atilla, O'Tully and Flood" 
  2. ^ MacLysaght, Edward (1982). More Irish Families. Irish Academic Press. p. 199. Retrieved 2011-02-01. ""That name belongs to Tyronne and Fermanagh and appears to have no connection at al with Clare. Ó Taithligh is anglicized as Tally, Tilly and Tully. Tully it is true, is found in Galway, the county nearest to Clare, but there is always an abbreviated form of MacAtilla (see Irish Families, pp 278-279)" 
  3. ^ Flanagan, Deirdre & Laurence, Irish Place Names. Gill & MacMillian, 2002. ISBN 0-7171-3396-6