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This interesting name has three possible origins, firstly it may be an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Irish 'O'an Chaintighe' which derives from 'cainteach' meaning satirical, hence, 'descendant of a satirist'. It is the name of a bardic family who came from West Cork. One Fearfasa O'Canty was a well known poet in the early 17th Century. In the census of 1659, the name Canty is given as one of the principal names in the barony of Kilnalmeaky, County Cork. The sept spread in to the neighbouring counties of Limerick and Kerry, where the name is now mainly found.

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#1 janeygarrison

Hi Cantys - I am seeking information about my GGrandfather, Dennis Canty. This is what I know about him He was born 21 Dec. 1834. He left Ireland in 1864 in Co. Kerry, Ireland. , arriving in New York City and eventually settles in Dallas TX. On 14 Apr. 1887 Dennis married Ann Catherine Campion Morrissey, also originally from Ireland. They had a son, James Thomas Canty, born 4 Mar. 1888. Dennis died 21 Oct. 1908. Ann died 3 Aug. 1916. I would like to know anything about his life and family in Ireland before coming to America.

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