Post # 1
I need your amazing help. I am trying to research my FH family kilt and crest. He loves that he is Irish and I would love to incorporate that into our wedding in some way. I have NO IDEA where to start. I asked his mom and she has no idea what the family kilt or crest are either. Does anyone have any suggestions on where I should look or a place to contact? THANKS HIVE!!!
You girls are the BEST 🙂
Post # 3
My family roots are scottish and thus we have a lot of experience in that area, but as far as Irish tartans go… it’s a little bit more difficult. Definitely a good resource is your local clans, which you could find through your local scottish games (yes, they’re scottish, but they can hook you up with the irish folks too). Here’s a link to the games through the US: http://kiltsnquilts.com/kqpages/festivals/cfests.htm
There are some in NJ, and you’re just in time too, the games season usually starts in february. There are a lot of folks there who can do genealogy (including tartans and crests) based on last names or places of origin. Second, you might try an online search like the one found here: http://www.house-of-tartan.scotland.net/irish/search.asp or here: http://www.censusfinder.com/irish_surnames.htm. Hopefully he has an easy last name.. if not, you could always just go with the county tartan from where his family is from.
Hopefully this helps, it’s a big undertaking trying to trace these things back, but definitely I love me a man in a kilt!!
Post # 4
Thank you!!! His cousin suggested wearing them and I would SWOON if he did. I thought it would be a nice surprise if I was able to get something that was authentic and “true” to the family name. Thanks again for your help. I NEVER would have found any of those links on my own. 🙂
Post # 5
no problem! It’s so fun to see someone want to wear kilts, especially considering i’ve spent my entire life around them (My family has been involved in bagpipe bands for generations!) Let me know if there’s anything else I can do for you 🙂
Post # 6
This reminds me of an episode of Rich Bride/Poor Bride, where the groom announced he was wearing his family kilt, so the bride plans this whole wedding with a red and black color scheme, because she thought all kilts were red and black and he showed up in a kilt that was light blue and grey. Her melt down was classic.
So-once you find the kilt, maybe make sure it works with your colors.
Post # 7
im irish, i didnt even know we had a kilt?? haha i was under the impression that it was a scottish thing, then again ive never paid too much attention to it:P
we do have crests, if you ant to give me the surname i can look around here for that name, i dont know how accurate google searches are, but you should be able to find something fairly easily:)
Post # 8
Thanks ladies!!!! You are all amazing!
@misspandy His last name is Toal. I looked on Google and have seen a few crests in my searches. I just want to authenticate it and make sure it’s “real” and not just something someone has made-up.
@SandyThePoet Our colors are Teal, Purple and Sand – Even if his tartan colors don’t match I would still LOVE it if he wore a kilt.
Post # 9
A majority of Irish kilts are related to the county in which your family came from. Good Luck!
Post # 10
@WifeofBath I have no idea what county they would have come from. I’ll try to find out. Thanks!!!
Post # 11
I’d be careful … alot of the plaids were created soley for the Irish American market. I know that my dad’s family has a crest, but no plaid, and I have a grandparent from scotland who has a plaid but no crest. Good Luck
Post # 12
I have just started looking for a Toal (Gaelic is O Tuathail, derived from Tuathal which means people almighty) tartan to use as saddle blankets for rocking horses that I am making so if I find anything I shall share with you and ask that you please do the same. Cheers and good luck with it. So far the best I have is a County. If it helps, Toal is County Kerry based as far as our family research over the last 20 years or so has determined. It is certainly a common name there and to a lesser extent in County Cork. My email is [email protected] if you want to exchange dat more freely.
Regards Milton Toal