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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.
Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name Brady revealed many variations, including 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
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Notable amongst the family name at this time was Sir Denis O'Brady; Andrew MacBrady, was the first bishop of Kilmore in 1454; Fiachra MacBrady (c.1710), Gaelic poet; James Bernard MacBrady, Count of the Holy Roman Empire...
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brady Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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A great wave of Irish migration occurred during the 19th century as a direct result of English colonial rule and tight-fisted absentee landlords. Many of these Irish immigrants boarded passenger ships bound for North Ameri ca.
Those who migrated early enough were given land in either British North America or the United States; those who came in the late 19th century were typically employed in industrial centers as laborers. At whatever age they undertook the dangerous passage to North America, those Irish immigrants were essential to the speedy development of the two infant nations to which they arrived, whether they broke and settled land, helped build canals, bridges, and railroads, or produced products for consumer consumption. An examination of immigration and passenger lists has uncovered a large number of immigrants 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
- William 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
- Thomas Brady, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1829
- Terence Brady, who landed in Canada in 1829
- Patrick Brady, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
- Peter Brady, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
- Mary Brady, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
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
- 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
- Alice Brady (1892-1939), American actress
- 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
- John Brady and His Descendants: (1813-County Caven, Ireland-Fort Dodge, Iowa, USA 1900) by Margaret Mahan Goetz.
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