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Where did the Irish Grady family come from? What is the Irish Grady family crest and coat of arms? When did the Grady family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Grady family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Grady, Brady, O'Grady, O'Brady, Braidy, Graidy, Bradie, Braidie, Braydy, Braydie, Gradie, Graidie, Graydy, Graydie, Gradaigh, Grada, Bradigan, O'Bradigan and many more.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grady research. Another 187 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grady History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grady Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edmund Grady, who landed in Maryland in 1673

Grady Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nell Grady, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Philip Grady, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Dennis Grady, who arrived in Virginia in 1732
  • Mary Grady, who arrived in Virginia in 1739

Grady Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anthony Grady, aged 29, landed in Maryland in 1811
  • George Grady, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Wm Grady, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • James Grady, who arrived in America in 1821
  • Francis Grady, who arrived in New York, NY in 1832

Grady Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Grady, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • David Grady, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Ward" from Limerick
  • John Grady, aged 26, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "William" from Cork
  • Eliza Grady, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "William" from Cork
  • Mary Grady, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin

Grady Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Grady, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Mary Grady, aged 17, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • Mary Grady, aged 17, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • John Grady arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Carleton" in 1851
  • Mary Grady, aged 16, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget"

Grady Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Grady, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
  • Denis Grady, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884


  • Benjamin F. Grady (1831-1914), U.S. Congressman from North Carolina
  • J Harold Grady (1917-2002), former mayor of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Henry Woodfin Grady (1851-1889), American journalist and orator
  • Kevin Lee Grady Jr. (b. 1986), American football running back
  • Don Grady (1944-2012), born Don Louis Agrati, an American composer, musician and actor, best known as Robbie Douglas, from My Three Sons
  • James Grady (b. 1971), former Scottish footballer
  • Wayne Desmond Grady (b. 1957), Australian PGA professional golfer
  • Shane Grady (b. 1989), English rugby league player
  • John Grady (1872-1956), United States Navy Lieutenant and a Medal of Honor recipient
  • John Grady (b. 1923), Australian author and social scientist


  • From Ireland, land of Pain and Sorrow: A Historical Chronicle of Two Cultures by Joseph L. Grady.
  • William Bean, Pioneer of Tennessee, and His Descendants by Jamie Ault Grady.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vulneratus non victus
Motto Translation: Wounded not conquered.


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The Grady Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grady 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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