The Irish name Braddy originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Bradaigh, possibly derived from bradach, which means spirited, which is in turn derived from brad, which means urging.
Early Origins of the Braddy family
The surname Braddy 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.
Early History of the Braddy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Braddy research.Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1454, 1710, 1752, and 1827 are included under the topic Early Braddy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Braddy Spelling Variations
One must realize that attempting to record a Gaelic name in English was a daunting task. Even today the translation is a difficult one. Accordingly, spelling variations
were the norm. Variations found include Grady, Brady, O'Grady, O'Brady, Braidy, Graidy, Bradie, Braidie, Braydy, Braydie, Gradie, Graidie, Graydy, Graydie, Bradigan, O'Bradigan and many more.
Early Notables of the Braddy family (pre 1700)
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 Braddy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Braddy family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Braddy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John B. Braddy, a schoolmaster, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Elizabeth Servant Braddy, aged 123, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Constantine"