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The Irish name Brady originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Bradaigh, possibly derived from bradach, which means spirited, which is in turn derived from brad, which means urging.
The surname Brady was first found in Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, and County Clare where they held a family seat from ancient times. They were descended from Olioll Olum, King of Munster who reigned about 130 A.D. and descended through a line of Chiefs and Kings to John O'Grady, alias O'Brady, who died in 1332 in the Clann territories of Fassaghmore in the county of Clare. His son, Sir Denis O'Grady alias O'Brady of Fassaghmore was knighted by King Henry VI of England. This great confusion of names continued into the 14th and 15th century and to make matters even more confusing the line frequently reverted from one spelling to the other. The Clann seat became established at Kilballyowen in County Limerick, and the present Chief of the Gradys (or Bradys) is one of the few Chiefs recognized in Ireland. He is Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Vogors de Courcy O'Grady. They were settled in Glenstal Abbey. Many of the name were also found in Cavan.
Within archives, many different spelling variations exist for the surname Brady. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in the name of the single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Grady, Brady, O'Grady, O'Brady, Braidy, Graidy, Bradie, Braidie, Braydy, Braydie, Gradie, Graidie, Graydy, Graydie, Bradigan, O'Bradigan and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brady research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1454, 1710, 1752, and 1827 are included under the topic Early Brady History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brady Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Brady, or one of its variants:
Brady Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Henry Brady, who arrived in Maryland in 1671
- Andrew Brady, who arrived in Virginia in 1674
- William Brady, who landed in Maryland in 1674
Brady Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Tho Brady, who landed in Virginia in 1712
- Eleanor Brady, who came to Virginia in 1714
- Eleanor Brady, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
- Daniel Brady, who was sent to America in 1741
- Wm Brady, who arrived in Virginia in 1741
Brady Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Francis Brady, who landed in America in 1807
- Barney Brady, aged 31, arrived in New York in 1812
- Owen Brady, aged 19, arrived in Massachusetts in 1812
- James Brady, who arrived in America in 1812
- John C Brady, aged 35, landed in Rhode Island in 1812
Brady Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. James Brady U.E who settled in Kingston, Ontario c. 1783
- Lt. Richard Brady U.E who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 he was part of the Port Matoon Association
- Mr. Luke Brady, "Bready" U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783
Brady Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Patrick Brady, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo
- Peter Brady, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin
- Mary Brady, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin
- Patrick Brady, aged 31, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin
- James Brady, aged 35, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork
Brady Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Philip Brady, a painter, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Joseph Brady arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839
- S. Brady arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mary Ridgway" in 1839
- Peter Brady arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thirteen" in 1840
- Bridget Brady arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thirteen" in 1840
Brady Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr Brady landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Bombay
- Francis Brady landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Adelaide
- Francis Brady, aged 49, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
- Frederick Brady, aged 9, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
- P Brady landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
- Julio A. Brady (1942-2015), U.S. Virgin Island judge, politician and attorney, 5th Lieutenant Governor of the United States Virgin Islands (1983-1987)
- Sarah Jane Brady (1942-2015), née Kemp, American campaigner for gun control, widow of White House Press Secretary James Brady
- Mr. John Bertram Brady (d. 1912), aged 41, American First Class passenger from Pomeroy, Washington who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
- William J. Brady (1829-1878), American sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico, killed in an ambush in which Billy the Kid took part
- James Buchanan Brady (1856-1917), known as Diamond Jim Brady, an American businessman, financier, and philanthropist
- Mathew B. Brady (1822-1896), American photographer, best known for his portraits of officers of the American Civil War and 18 presidents of the United States, called the "Father of Photojournalism"
- Brigadier-General Francis M. Brady (1896-1969), American Commanding General Seymour Johnson Air Force Base (1943-1944)
- Captain Charles Eldon Brady Jr. (b. 1951), American former NASA Astronaut with over 405 hours in space
- James Scott "Jim" Brady (b. 1940), American Assistant to the President and White House Press Secretary under U.S. President Ronald Reagan, permanently disabled as a result of an assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
- Thomas Edward Patrick "Tom" Brady (b. 1977), American professional NFL football player for the New England Patriots
- John Brady and His Descendants: (1813-County Caven, Ireland-Fort Dodge, Iowa, USA 1900) by Margaret Mahan Goetz.
- Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
- MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
- Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
- Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
- Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
- Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
The Brady Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brady Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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