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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
O'Grady Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
O'Grady Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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.
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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