Canty Family History
The family history of the ancient name Canty
was found in the irishsurnames.com archives. The name Canty is derived from the Gaelic O an Chaintighe sept that was located in County Cork. This sept name is taken from the word 'cainteach' which translates as 'satirist'.
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. It is also the case that many Irish septs or clans that are related often belong to a larger groups, sometimes called tribes. For example the 'Tribes of Galway' consisted of fourteen distinct families. The 'Tribes of Kilkenny' were ten families, etc.
These bardic families were of West Cork and are recorded in the Census of 1659 as being one of the principal names in the barony of Kinameaky. From Cork the sept spread to nearby County Limerick where they had become numerous by the seventeenth century. A notable bearer of the name was Fearfasa O'Canty, who was a well known poet and was involved in the literary controversy known as the 'Contention of the Bards' in the early part of the seventeenth century. The name Canty and its variant County have also been recorded in a survey in County Armagh in the year 1618.
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Canty