Where did the Irish Brady family come from? What is the Irish coat of arms/family crest? When did the Brady family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
All Irish surnames have underlying meanings that can be traced back to their fullest points when the names first appeared in a Gaelic form. The 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.
During the Middle Ages, the general population was illiterate. As a name was spelt by scribes solely based on how it sounded, one's name could have been recorded many different ways during the life of its bearer. Numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Brady family name.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.
First found in Galway 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.
Irish immigrants began to leave the English-controlled Ireland in sizable numbers during the late 18th century. Many of these Irish immigrated to British North America or the United States in the hopes of gaining their own tract of farmland. This pattern of migration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine caused a great exodus of immigrants to North America. These immigrants differed from their predecessors in that they were desperately fleeing the disease and starvation that plagued their homeland, and many were entirely destitute when they arrived in North America. Although these penniless immigrants were not warmly welcomed when they arrived, they were critical to the rapid development of the United States and what would become known as Canada. Many went to populate the western frontiers and others provided the cheap labor the new manufacturing sector and the building of bridges, roads, railways, and canals required. A thorough examination of immigration and passenger lists has revealed some of the earliest people to arrive in North America with name Brady or one of its variants: Bernard Brady who settled in Philadelphia Pa. in 1868; as did Charles, David, Denis, Edward, Francis, Henry, Hugh, James, John, Mark, Michael, Owen, Patrick, Peter, Philip, Richard, Robert, Samuel, Thomas, and William, and many more, all between 1840 and 1870.
Suggested Readings for the name Brady
* John Brady and His Descendants: (1813-County Caven, Ireland-Fort Dodge, Iowa, USA 1900) by Margaret Mahan Goetz.
Some noteworthy people of the name Brady
* Alice Brady (1892-1939), American actress
* Mathew B. Brady, American photographer.
* Mathew B. Brady, American pioneer photographer who was famous for his portraits and was appointed official Union photographer of the Civil War
* Tom Brady (b. 1977), American, professional (NFL) football player.
* Paul Brady (b. 1947), Irish, singer
* Matthew Brady (1799-1826), bushranger