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Where did the Irish Kielty family come from? When did the Kielty family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kielty family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Quilty, Kielty, Kieltagh, O'Kielt, Keelty, Quiltie, MacQuilty, MacWilty, MacQuiltie, Kealty, Keilty, Keiltagh, O'Quilty and many more.

First found in Munster, where they held a family seat as chiefs in Limerick descended from Cuallta (a wolf) who was descended from the ancient Earls of Dunraven. Irish history was greatly influenced by the Norman invasion of 1172, and thereafter, the surnames of Irish Gaelic clanns and septs and many of the Norman families became almost indistinguishable.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kielty research. Another 219 words(16 lines of text) covering the year 1014 is included under the topic Early Kielty History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kielty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kielty Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Kielty, who landed in Mississippi in 1899

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