Welcome to the Talty Family Roots Webpages. The Talty name is one which exists all over the world today but is reputed to have originated in a relatively small area of Co. Clare Ireland. Over time and due to migration and emigration, particularly during the 1800's, this name has spread to every part of the globe. The purpose of this project is to
1. Identify the origins of the name "Talty"
2. Identify the meaning of the name and it's variants
3. Identify the frequency and geographical distribution of the name
4. Provide a database resource of information on Talty families
5. Provide a forum in which members of the global Talty family can communicate
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The Talty name is purported to have originated in County Clare, Ireland during the early 1600's.
In the Gaelic divisions of Ireland which preceded the seventeenth century, Cavan, along with Leitrim, was part of the kingdom of Bréifne. Leitrim became known as Bréifne O'Rourke, while Cavan was Bréifne O'Reilly. The O'Reillys of Cavan maintained their independence from English rule until the rebellions of the early 1600s. Cavan was then incorporated into the province of Ulster, having previously been considered part of Connacht, and was included in the plantation of Ulster from 1608. Many English and Scots settled in the county at that time and subsequently, although O'Reilly, along with its variants, remained the single most common name. Other surnames associated with the county include Brady, McGovern, Sheridan, Kiernan, McCabe, and Smith/McGowan.
Talty lore tells that two brothers Malachy, Hugh and a sister Ann O'Reilly migrated to Clare from Cavan. They ran from the British authorities after a bitter fight which resulted in the death of a British office in retribution for an attack on the O'Reilly stronghold and the rape of Ann. In their travels through Clare they assisted a Gaelic Landlord who had suffered an accident with a horse and car and were rewarded with land to settle on. This land was supposed to have extended from Mount Callan to within two miles from the sea on the Mid West Coast of Co Clare. It is said that the word Talte (maening land) and Taltaigh (walking people) was the way in which these settlers were referred to, and thus the O Reilly name was dropped.
From "Origin and stem of the Irish Nation" by John Hart we see that in the history of the O'Connor clan - (Kings of Connaught in Gaelic Ireland) "Cathal: son of Conchobhar,had a younger brother Maolclothach, who was the ancestor of O'Tomhailtaigh ("tomhailt:" Irish, wasting, consuming), anglicised Tomalty, and Talty; and of MacMorrissy." Edward MacLysaght (1985, p.283) says Talty Ó Tailtigh. The name of a west Clare sept which has no connection with the Ulster sept of Tally though the names are probably etymologically cognate.
The Talty name can be found in records from the 1600's onwards in Co Clare and even by the 1800's fewer that ten other instances of the name can be found in other areas of Ireland. During the 170o's and 1800's many of that name can be found emigrating from Ireland to the USA and Australia with some to Argentina.
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Michael Talty b. 1805 from Ennis, migrated to the US in 1853, he was married in 1827 to Catherine Costello b. 1808, probably in the Ennis area. Michael's father John b. abt 1780 in Glascloon and his wife Honora (Bridget) McInerney b. abt 1785 in Caherlean.
Margaret Talty from Toureen Miltown Malbay (Kilfarboy) born 22 Jan 1842. Parents were John Talty and Margaret Doherty. Emmigrated to Australia.
Tithes and applotments Co Clare 1820-1840