O'Grady History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the O'Grady family

The surname O'Grady 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 O'Grady family

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O'Grady 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 O'Grady family (pre 1700)

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United States O'Grady migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

O'Grady Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Christine O'Grady, aged 11, who landed in America from Limerick, in 1900
  • Cath O'Grady, aged 16, who immigrated to the United States from Limerick, in 1902
  • Bridget O'Grady, aged 22, who landed in America from Kilglass, Ireland, in 1907
  • Bessie O'Grady, aged 26, who landed in America from Carracastle, Ireland, in 1908
  • Delia O'Grady, aged 22, who settled in America from Limerick, Ireland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada O'Grady migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

O'Grady Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Catherine O'Grady, aged 27, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland
  • Nora O'Grady, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland

Australia O'Grady migration to Australia +

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

O'Grady Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Daniel O'Grady, aged 19, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney" [1]
  • William O'Grady, aged 22, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney" [1]
  • Catherine O'Grady, aged 44, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney" [1]
  • Michael O'Grady, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"

New Zealand O'Grady 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:

O'Grady Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James O'Grady, (b. 1847), aged 36, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Westland" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 3rd October 1883 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name O'Grady (post 1700) +

  • Gail Ann O'Grady (b. 1963), American television actress
  • Phillip McClelland "Mac" O'Grady (b. 1951), American professional golfer
  • Martin J. O'Grady, American politician, Representative from New York, 1988, 1992 [3]
  • Marilyn F. O'Grady, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 4th District, 2002 [3]
  • John James O'Grady (1889-1971), American Democrat politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1927, 1939-41; Member of Indiana State Senate, 1943-53 [3]
  • James Mary Early O'Grady (1863-1928), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Monroe County 2nd District, 1893-98; U.S. Representative from New York 31st District, 1899-1901 [3]
  • James O'Grady, American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Marquette District, 1865-66; Circuit Judge in Michigan 12th Circuit, 1869-75 [3]
  • Florence T. O'Grady, American politician, Representative from New York, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1994, 1996, 2000 [3]
  • Denis J. O'Grady, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1988 [3]
  • B. P. O'Grady, American politician, Mayor of Muskegon Heights, Michigan, 1952-56 [3]
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Mary  O'Grady (1891-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
  • Mrs. Ellen  O'Grady (1891-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
  • Mr. Edmond  O'Grady Jr. (1896-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
  • Miss Dorothy C.  O'Grady (1915-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. James O'Grady (b. 1920), English Stoker 1st Class from West Bank, Widnes, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [5]


The O'Grady 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. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1855.shtml
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  5. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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