Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Genty family in Ireland
was O Fionnachta, which is derived from the words "fionn," meaning "fair," and "sneachta," meaning "snow."
Early Origins of the Genty family
The surname Genty was first found in County Londonderry
(Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, enjoying a common heritage with the O'Cahans and the O'Neills. They were descended from the Princes of Limavady in Derry, specifically Conchobhar (Connor) a younger brother of Niall Frasach, brother of the King of Ireland
. Descended from Connor was Gruagan of the Grogans, Dungan, Cathan, Cathusach, Dermod, to his son Con Cionntach, who was first to assume the name of MacGinty, which anglicized is MacGinty and Ginty.
Early History of the Genty family
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Genty Spelling Variations
Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations
of the name Genty dating from that time include Maginty, MacGinty, McGinty, Ginty, Ginity, Maginnity, O'Ginty, Genty, MacGenty and many more.
Early Notables of the Genty family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Genty family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Genty Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Denis Genty, who arrived in Quebec in 1665
Genty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Joshua Genty, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Glentanner"
The Genty Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Felis demulcata mitis
Motto Translation: A stroked cat is gentle.