Origin of the Name Crotty
The ancient history of the name Crotty
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Crotty
include Crottie and O'Crotty. In Irish the name is rendered O'Crotaigh. They were a branch of the O'Brien sept.
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.
Their territory was west Waterford and east Cork and their name has been on record in the Fiants since the sixteenth century. They are recorded in the Petty Census in the seventeenth century in the baronies of Decies, Coshmore and Coshbride in the western half of County Waterford. Prominent persons of the name were Bartholomew Crotty, 1846, who was a rector of the Jesuit College at Lisbon in the year 1790. William Crotty was a famous highwayman who was hanged in 1742.
The Crotty 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 Crotty descendants.