Here goes: Agree, or disagree????
According to MacLysaght's Surnames in Ireland, Canty is a County Cork name. The original Gaelic form is O an Chaintigh, from the word cainteach, meaning satirical; it can be spelled County.
I have a map of Ireland. This map shows the location of Gaelic septs of the principal Hiberno-Norman families in the period after the Anglo-Norman invasion and before the upheavels of the seventeenth century. The map is also by MacLysaght and copyrighted in 1962. It shows the O'Canty clan in NW County Cork.
It was a common practice for the Irish moving to Amercia to drop the O' or Mc/Mac prefix upon arriving in America. Teige Cantey arrived in America in the 1600's, and many Canteys, including myself, are descended from him. The name, Teige Cantey, sounds like an Americanised version of the original Gaelic spelling. Other Irish obviously kept the original Canty spelling. We may never know all the details, but this my understanding of the Cantey vs. Canty problem. What do you think??
James R. Cantey, Jr.
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