Origin of the Name Canty
The ancient history of the name Canty
was found in the allfamilycrests.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. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
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.
The Canty coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Canty descendants.