Show ContentsGinty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Ginty family in Ireland was O Fionnachta, which is derived from the words "fionn," meaning "fair," and "sneachta," meaning "snow."

Early Origins of the Ginty family

The surname Ginty 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 Ginty family

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Ginty Spelling Variations

Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Ginty revealed many variations, including Maginty, MacGinty, McGinty, Ginty, Ginity, Maginnity, O'Ginty, Genty, MacGenty and many more.

Early Notables of the Ginty family (pre 1700)

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United States Ginty migration to the United States +

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute due to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United States and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Ginty family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Ginty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Ginty, aged 60, who arrived in New York NY in 1847 [1]
  • Mary Ginty, aged 60, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Catherine Ginty, who settled in New York State in 1850
  • Geo Ginty, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]

Australia Ginty migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ginty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Ginty, aged 3, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • Patrick Ginty, aged 2, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • Stephen Ginty, aged 5, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • William Ginty, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"

New Zealand Ginty migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ginty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Anne Ginty, aged 35, a housemaid, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875
  • Mary Ginty, aged 15, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Ginty (post 1700) +

  • George Clay Ginty (1840-1890), Canadian-born, American politician, military officer during the American Civil War and newspaperman
  • David D. Ginty (b. 1962), American neuroscientist and developmental biologist
  • John P. Ginty (b. 1965), American Republican politician [2]
  • James Francis Lawrence Ginty (b. 1980), American actor known for his role in the film K-19: The Widowmaker and for playing multiple roles for Disney
  • John Ginty (b. 1972), American organist, keyboard player, and session musician
  • Robert Winthrop Ginty (1948-2009), American movie actor, producer, scenarist, and director
  • Rory Ginty (b. 1977), former Irish football midfielder who played from 1994 to 2000
  • Ginty Lush (1913-1985), Australian cricketer who played twenty first-class matches for New South Wales between 1933 and 1934 and again from 1946 to 1947

The Ginty 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.

  1. 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)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2014, October 28) . Retrieved from on Facebook