This name, with variant spellings Quilty, Keelty, Keeltagh and O'Kielt, is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic "O Caoilte". The Gaelic prefix "O" indicates "grandson" or "male descendant of", plus the personal byname "Caoilte" which originated either as a nickname for a slender person, from "caol", thin and slight, or as a topographical name for one resident in a wooded area, (Gaelic "coillte", woods). The form Quilty is mainly found in Munster, especially in County Limerick, whereas, the variants Kielty and Keetlty are more widespread in Connacht. Kiety, Keeltagh and O'Kielt are also sometimes used in Ulster as Gaelicized forms of the name Small, because of the "caol" i.e., "slender" association. On June 6th 1848, the birth of one, Elizabeth Kielty was recorded in Ballinderry, County Derry, and on June 15th 1865, Jane, a daughter, was born to Pat Kielty and Margret Dilon in Aughrim, County Roscommon. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of O'Kilte, which was dated 1313 - "Justiciary Roll of County Limerick", during the reign of King Edward 11, known as "Edward of Caernafon", 1307 - 1327. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Surnames reference. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Kielty — is a surname and could refer to: * Bobby Kielty, Canadian American baseball player * Patrick Kielty, Irish comedian *Stan Kielty, English rugby league footballer …   Wikipedia

  • Bobby Kielty — Infobox MLB player name = Bobby Kielty width = 250 caption = team = Free agent number = position = Outfielder birthdate = birth date and age|1976|8|5 birthplace = city state|Fontana|California bats = Switch throws = Right debutdate = April 10… …   Wikipedia

  • Patrick Kielty — Infobox Person name = Patrick Kielty caption = imagesize = 135px birth date =birth date and age|1971|1|31|df=y birth place =Dundrum, County Down, Northern Ireland known for = death date = death place = occupation = Comedian spouse = parents =… …   Wikipedia

  • Patrick Kielty Almost Live — Infobox Television show name = Patrick Kielty Almost Live image size = caption = show name 2 = genre = Talk show comedy creator = Patrick Kielty, Lee Evans director = Stephen Stewart creative director = developer = presenter = Patrick Kielty… …   Wikipedia

  • Stan Kielty — (born in Castleford, West Yorkshire) is an English former rugby league footballer. A member of the Halifax RLFC Hall of Fame, Stan began his professional career at Wakefield RLFC before signing for Halifax in 1946. He later went on to represent… …   Wikipedia

  • Comic Relief Does Fame Academy — For the original (non celebrity) version, see Fame Academy. Comic Relief Does Fame Academy Format Reality / talent show Presented by …   Wikipedia

  • David Sneddon — at Highbarn Essex Background information Birth name David Sneedon Born …   Wikipedia

  • Soccer Aid — Infobox Television show name = Soccer Aid format = Reality show runtime = 30 to 90 minutes creators = Robbie Williams Jonathan Wilkes presenter = Ant Dec country = UK network = ITV,ITV2 and TV3 Ireland [] first aired …   Wikipedia

  • Dusty Kielmohr — was a name given by Minnesota Twins fans and broadcasters to the right field platoon of Bobby Kielty and Dustan Mohr during the 2002 and 2003 seasons.On July 30, 2001, the Twins traded right fielder Matt Lawton to the New York Mets for pitcher… …   Wikipedia

  • Sport Relief — is a biennial charity event from Comic Relief, in association with BBC Sport, which brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world s poorest countries. At the heart of… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.