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Where did the Irish O'Grady family come from? What is the Irish O'Grady family crest and coat of arms? When did the O'Grady family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the O'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 O'Grady research. Another 187 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Grady History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
O'Grady Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Christine O'Grady, aged 11, who landed in America from Limerick, in 1900
- Cath O'Grady, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from Limerick, in 1902
- Bridget O'Grady, aged 22, who landed in America from Kilglass, Ireland, in 1907
- Bessie O'Grady, aged 26, who landed in America from Carracastle, Ireland, in 1908
- Delia O'Grady, aged 22, who settled in America from Limerick, Ireland, in 1910
O'Grady Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Catherine O'Grady, aged 27, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork
- Nora O'Grady, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork
O'Grady Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Daniel O'Grady, aged 19, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney"
- William O'Grady, aged 22, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney"
- Catherine O'Grady, aged 44, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney"
- Michael O'Grady, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"
- Phillip McClelland "Mac" O'Grady (b. 1951), American professional golfer
- Gail Ann O'Grady (b. 1963), American television actress
- Standish James O'Grady (1846-1928), Irish historical novelist and literary historian
- George O'Grady, Canadian NHL Hockey player
- Sir Standish O'Grady (1766-1840), 1st Viscount Guillamore, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer in Ireland
- Paul James Michael O'Grady MBE (b. 1955), British comedian, television presenter, actor and writer
- Christopher James "Chris" O'Grady (b. 1986), English footballer
- Paul O'Grady (b. 1978), Australian footballer
- Sir James O'Grady KCMG (1866-1934), British trade unionist and Labour Party politician
- John Patrick O'Grady (1907-1981), Australian writer
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 O'Grady Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The O'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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