Gready History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gready family

The surname Gready 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 Gready family

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Gready Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Gready family (pre 1700)

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United States Gready migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gready Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Gready, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]
  • Francis Gready, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823 [1]
  • John Gready, who landed in New York, NY in 1827 [1]
  • Mary Gready, aged 18, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848 [1]
  • Pat Gready, aged 6, who arrived in New York, NY in 1849 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Gready migration to Australia +

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

Gready Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Patrick Gready, British convict who was convicted in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Competitor"18th March 1823, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Ann Gready, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [3]
  • Francis Gready, aged 29, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Burlington"

New Zealand Gready 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:

Gready Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Gready, aged 23, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilharree" in 1875


The Gready Motto +

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.


  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/competitor
  3. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 29th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Trafalgar 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/trafalgar1854.shtml.


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