The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland
were the ancestors of the first people to use the name Kelty. It comes from in the lands of Keltie, which were found near Callander in the county of Perth.
Early Origins of the Kelty family
The surname Kelty was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
, where they held a family seat
from very early times on the old lands of Keltie, near Callander.
Early History of the Kelty family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kelty research.Another 150 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1616, 1628, and 1647 are included under the topic Early Kelty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kelty Spelling Variations
Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations
were a common result of this process. Kelty has appeared Keltie, Kelty, Keltey and others.
Early Notables of the Kelty family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kelty family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence
. The Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Kelty name:
Kelty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John and Thomas M'Coller Kelty, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1820
- B. Kelty who settled in Boston Massachusetts with eleven children in 1822
- B Kelty, aged 33, who landed in America in 1822 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- George Kelty, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1839
- James Kelty, who settled in America in 1854
Contemporary Notables of the name Kelty (post 1700)
- William H. R. Kelty, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Frederick, Maryland, 1865-66 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html