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The surname Grady 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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
  • William 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
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Grady Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Grady, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Timothy Grady, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • David Grady, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Ward" from Limerick, Ireland
  • John Grady, aged 26, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "William" from Cork, Ireland
  • Eliza Grady, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "William" from Cork, Ireland
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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"
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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
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  • Thomas Grady (b. 1939), American politician, Member of the Nevada Assembly
  • Tom Grady (b. 1958), American politician, Member of the Florida House of Representatives
  • Michael William Grady (1869-1943), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1894 to 1906
  • Thomas Eugene Grady (b. 1880), American jurist, Justice of the Washington Supreme Court
  • Thomas Joseph Grady (1914-2002), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
  • John Francis Grady (b. 1929), former United States federal judge
  • John J. Grady (1920-1997), American FBI official and later Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force
  • John Grady (b. 1960), American sociologist, and Professor of Sociology at Wheaton College
  • J Harold Grady (1917-2002), American politician and jurist, Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland (1959-1962), Maryland State Court Judge (1962-?)
  • Benjamin F. Grady (1831-1914), American politician, U.S. Congressman from North Carolina (1891-1895)
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  • 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.
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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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    Other References

    1. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    2. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    7. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    8. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
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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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