The Irish surname Canty, originally from west Cork, is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ó an Cháintighe meaning “descendant of the satirist,”fromcáinteach meaning ‘satirical,” later shortened to Ó Cáinte. The Canty’s were a family of poets from the area around Kilnalmeaky county Cork. The family spread to the neighboring counties of Limerick and Kerry, where the name is now mainly found. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Michael Canty, which was dated 1659 in the census for the Barony of Kilnalmeaky, County Cork. The first recording in the New World was in 1670 when Martha Canty arrived in South Carolina. Today there are approximately 8,000 bearers of the name Canty living in the United States.
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