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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Celt
One of an ancient race of people, who formerly inhabited a great part of Central and Western Europe, and whose descendants at the present day occupy Ireland, Wales, the Highlands of Scotland, and the northern shores of France.

Etymology: L. Celtae, Gr. Keltoi` Ke`ltai, pl.: cf. W. Celtiad one that dwells in a covert, an inhabitant of the wood, a Celt, fr. celt covert, shelter, celu to hide

noun Celt
A weapon or implement of stone or metal, found in the tumuli, or barrows, of the early Celtic nations.

Etymology: LL. celts a chisel

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A member of a European people who once occupied Britain and Spain and Gaul prior to Roman times

Via Latin Celtae (singular Celta) from Ancient Greek Κελτοί (Keltoí).

English Celts is from the 17th century. Until the mid 19th century, /sɛlt/ is the only recorded pronunciation. A consciously archaizing pronunciation /kɛlt/ is advocated in Irish and Welsh nationalism beginning in the 1850s.

  1. A member of one of the ancient peoples of Western Europe called Celtae by the Romans.
  2. A member of one of the (modern, Celtic) peoples who speak Celtic languages. (Compare Gael.)

Celt was also found in the following language(s): Polish

Notable Persons Named Celt

Celt Brady is an athlete for the Nefyn United F.C.


Fun Facts about the name Celt

  • When was the first name Celt first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Celt is Monday, January 19th, 1948.
  • How unique is the name Celt? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Celt. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Celt: Your name in reverse order is Tlec. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eclt. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Celt born Jan 6, 1941

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Ukraine approximately on 1175. Your profession was leader, major, and captain.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. It always seemed to you, that your perceptions of the world are somewhat different. Your lesson - to trust your intuition as your best guide in present life.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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