Recorded in the spelling of Keilty, Kiltie, Kilty, and Quilty, this Irish surname is an anglicized form of the ancient Gaelic name O'Caoilte or sometimes MacCaoilte. The prefix "O" indicates "descendant of", which "Mac" is more direct and describes the "son of", plus in this case the personal name Caoilte, thought to be derived from the Gaelic element "coill" meaning a "wood" or more likely "caol" meaning "the slender one", and presumably a nickname for the first chief of the clan. The majority of Irish surnames derive from the nicknames of the chiefs, some being by modern standards rude or even lewd! The surname is mainly found in the province of Munster and then in counties Limerick, Waterford and Tipperary. In the 20th century "O" prefix has almost invariably been dropped, but the dialectal spelling of MacQuilty or McQuilty is occasionally to be found in the Ulster county of Antrim.The first recorded spelling of the family name is believed to be that of Teag O'Kilte, in the rolls and registers of the County Limerick Justiciary Rolls. This was during the reign of King Edward ll of England, 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.

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  • kiltie — [kil′tē] n. 1. a flap of fringed and, sometimes, perforated leather extending from and folding back over the top end of the vamp of a shoe 2. a shoe with such a flap …   English World dictionary

  • kiltie — /kil tee/, n. 1. a person who wears a kilt, esp. a member of a regiment in which the kilt is worn as part of the dress uniform. 2. a sports shoe with a fringed tongue that flaps over the vamp and conceals all or part of the lacing. 3. Also called …   Universalium

  • kiltie — n. person who wears a kilt (British); sports shoe that has a fringed tongue flapping over the vamp and covers all or part of the laces; fringed tongue of a kiltie shoe …   English contemporary dictionary

  • kiltie — noun Date: 1842 1. (or kilty) one who wears a kilt 2. a shoe with a long slashed tongue that folds over the instep; also such a tongue …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • kiltie — noun a) A shoe having a fringed tongue or fringed extra piece that lies over the tongue. b) The fringed tongue of such a shoe …   Wiktionary

  • kiltie — [ kɪlti] (also kilty) noun informal a Scot …   English new terms dictionary

  • kiltie — kilt·ie …   English syllables

  • kiltie — kilt•ie [[t]ˈkɪl ti[/t]] n. 1) mil a person who wears a kilt, esp. a member of a regiment in which the kilt is worn as part of the dress uniform 2) clo a sports shoe with a fringed tongue that flaps over the lacing 3) clo the tongue of such a… …   From formal English to slang

  • kiltie — /ˈkɪlti/ (say kiltee) noun Colloquial someone who wears a kilt, especially a member of a Scottish Highland regiment. Also, kilty …   Australian English dictionary

  • kiltie — n. a wearer of a kilt, esp. a kilted Highland soldier …   Useful english dictionary

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