McGinty Family History
The ancient origin of the name McGinty
was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.
Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.
Variants of the name McGinty
include Maginnity, Genty, MacGenty, McEntee and Ginty. This Irish Sept was from Oriel.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. It is also the case that many Irish septs or clans that are related often belong to a larger groups, sometimes called tribes. For example the 'Tribes of Galway' consisted of fourteen distinct families. The 'Tribes of Kilkenny' were ten families, etc.
The name appears in the Chancery Rolls, Fiants, and Hearth Money Rolls in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Counties Monaghan and Armagh. McGinty was peculiar to County Armagh and is now found in Tyrone and Fermanagh due to the migration of the family from Donegal at the time of the Plantation of Ulster. The name in Irish is Mag Fhinneachta, taken from the Gaelic word 'sneachta' meaning 'snow'.The McGinty
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including McGinty