The surname O'Canty comes from the Irish "O an Chaintigh," which denotes a descendent of a satirist, or "cainteach." This is fitting as the name belonged to a bardic family of west Cork.
Early Origins of the O'Canty family
The surname O'Canty was first found in County Cork
(Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster
, where it was one of the principal names in the barony of Kinalmeaky in Petty's census of 1659.
Early History of the O'Canty family
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O'Canty Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Canty, O'Canty, O'Encantie, County and others.
Early Notables of the O'Canty family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Canty family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Martha Canty, who settled in South Carolina between 1670 and 1674; Thomas Canty, who settled in Quebec in 1804; James Canty, who landed in Cuba in 1819.