Log in  | New? Register

372 Keilty members around the world

Stay informed about Keilty Family online & offline events!

Keep me informed as to Keilty Family online & offline events

My Keilty family came from?

See our recent family gatherings

Keilty Family History

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.

Who have we missed?

Tell us about any famous Keilty (or surname variant) you think we should add here. We will get our genealogists to check them out and add them to the list. Thanks!


Join the conversation with the Keilty tribe

  • Find your Keilty ancestor
  • Tell us about your Keilty Family
  • Tell us about your Keilty ancestors
  • Ask a question about the Keilty history
  • Leave a message for Keilty family members

Invite more Keilty family members!

Write an email address and click 'Invite' to share this page with more members of the Keilty tribe.

Log in or Register to invite others
Family Coat of Arms Generator

Why not see what your family crest could look like based on your own family characteristics?

Create Crest

Discover where the Keilty Family members live around the world

Explore where tribe members live today!


Show off the Keilty Family Crest…

Wear your crest with pride...plenty of products to choose from