McGrady History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the McGrady family

The surname McGrady 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 McGrady family

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McGrady 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 McGrady family (pre 1700)

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United States McGrady migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McGrady Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John McGrady, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [1]
  • Mary Ann McGrady, aged 12, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • James McGrady, aged 18, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Michael McGrady, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871 [1]
  • Patrick McGrady, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873 [1]
McGrady Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James McGrady, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States from Kilkeel, in 1904
  • James McGrady, aged 72, who landed in America from London, England, in 1907
  • J. M. McGrady, aged 32, who landed in America from London, England, in 1907
  • James McGrady, aged 14, who immigrated to the United States from Airdrie, Scotland, in 1907
  • Annie McGrady, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Down, Ireland, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McGrady migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McGrady Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael McGrady, aged 30 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Lotus" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]
  • Miss. Sarah McGrady, aged 1 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Tay" departing 22nd May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 23rd June 1847 but she died on board [3]

New Zealand McGrady 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:

McGrady Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas McGrady, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863

Contemporary Notables of the name McGrady (post 1700) +

  • Patrick M. McGrady (1932-2003), American science writer
  • Martin McGrady (1946-2006), American track and field athlete
  • Michael Steven McGrady (b. 1960), American theater, film and television actor
  • Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr. (b. 1979), American professional basketball player
  • John E. McGrady, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1960, 1964 [4]
  • Edward F. McGrady, American Democrat politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Thirteenth Suffolk District, 1905 [4]
  • Niamh McGrady, Northern Irish actress
  • Kevin McGrady (b. 1956), former Irish Provisional IRA member
  • Stuart Ian McGrady (1985-2015), Scottish professional footballer
  • Ewan McGrady, Australian retired rugby league footballer
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. James McGrady (d. 1912), aged 27, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by SS Algerine [5]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Samme Willie Genes Mcgrady, American Mess Attendant First Class from Alabama, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [6]


The McGrady 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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 44)
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 87)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  6. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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