Brady History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Brady 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 Brady family

The surname Brady 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 Brady family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brady research. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1454, 1710, 1752, and 1827 are included under the topic Early Brady History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brady Spelling Variations

Within archives, many different spelling variations exist for the surname Brady. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in the name of the single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were 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 Brady 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...
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United States Brady migration to the United States +

In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Brady, or one of its variants:

Brady Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Brady, who arrived in Maryland in 1671 [1]
  • Andrew Brady, who arrived in Virginia in 1674
  • William Brady, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [1]
Brady Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tho Brady, who landed in Virginia in 1712 [1]
  • Eleanor Brady, who settled in Virginia in 1714
  • Eleanor Brady, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Daniel Brady, who was sent to America in 1741
  • William Brady, who arrived in Virginia in 1741 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Brady Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Brady, who landed in America in 1807 [1]
  • Barney Brady, aged 31, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Owen Brady, aged 19, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1812 [1]
  • James Brady, who arrived in America in 1812 [1]
  • John C Brady, aged 35, who landed in Rhode Island in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Brady migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brady Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. James Brady U.E. who settled in Kingston, Ontario c. 1783 [2]
  • Lt. Richard Brady U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 member of the Port Matoon Association [2]
  • Mr. Luke Brady, "Bready" U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]
Brady Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Brady, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Terence Brady, who landed in Canada in 1829
  • Patrick Brady, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Peter Brady, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Mary Brady, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Brady migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Brady Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr.Bartholomew Brady, (b. 1794), aged 25, Irish gentleman's servant who was convicted in Roscommon, Ireland for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Bencoolen" on 24th April 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia before being transferred to Tasmania via the "Admiral Cockburn" [3]
  • Philip Brady, a painter, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Miss Mary Brady, (b. 1807), aged 19, Irish country servant who was convicted in County Clare, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Brothers" on 3rd October 1826, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Michael Brady, (b. 1810), aged 21, Irish ploughman who was convicted in County Meath, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 16th August 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Thomas Brady, Irish convict who was convicted in Cavan, Ireland for life for coining, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 19th May 1839, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Brady migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Brady Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr Brady, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Bombay
  • Francis Brady, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Adelaide
  • Francis Brady, aged 49, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Frederick Brady, aged 9, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Mr. Brady, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Bombay" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 29th December 1842 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Brady (post 1700) +

  • James Joseph Brady (1944-2017), American lawyer and jurist, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana (2013-2017), Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana (2000-2013)
  • Rodney Howard Brady (1933-2017), American businessman and academic, CEO and president of Deseret Management Corporation, President of Weber State College (1978-1985)
  • Julio A. Brady (1942-2015), U.S. Virgin Island judge, politician and attorney, 5th Lieutenant Governor of the United States Virgin Islands (1983-1987)
  • Sarah Jane Brady (1942-2015), née Kemp, American campaigner for gun control, widow of White House Press Secretary James Brady
  • William J. Brady (1829-1878), American sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico, killed in an ambush in which Billy the Kid took part
  • James Buchanan Brady (1856-1917), known as Diamond Jim Brady, an American businessman, financier, and philanthropist
  • Mathew B. Brady (1822-1896), American photographer, best known for his portraits of officers of the American Civil War and 18 presidents of the United States, called the "Father of Photojournalism"
  • Brigadier-General Francis M. Brady (1896-1969), American Commanding General Seymour Johnson Air Force Base (1943-1944) [8]
  • Captain Charles Eldon Brady Jr. (b. 1951), American former NASA Astronaut with over 405 hours in space [9]
  • James Scott "Jim" Brady (b. 1940), American Assistant to the President and White House Press Secretary under U.S. President Ronald Reagan, permanently disabled as a result of an assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Darrin P Brady (b. 1966), American Private 1st Class from Brunswick, Ohio, USA who died in the crash [10]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. John Bertram Brady (d. 1912), aged 41, American First Class passenger from Pomeroy, Washington who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [11]


Suggested Readings for the name Brady +

  • 389 "John Brady and His Descendants: (1813-County Caven, Ireland-Fort Dodge, Iowa, USA 1900)" by Margaret Mahan Goetz.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bencoolen
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/brothers
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bussorah-merchant
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 22) Francis Brady. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Brady/Francis_M./USA.html
  9. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Charles Brady. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/brady.html
  10. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  11. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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