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The names Brodigan and Bradigan in Ireland are derived from the native Gaelic O'Bradagain Sept that was located in County Roscommon. Another variant is Bredican which can be found in Counties Sligo and Mayo. The name is taken from a Gaelic word that translates as 'spirited'.
Spelling variations include: Grady, Brady, O'Grady, O'Brady, Braidy, Graidy, Bradie and many more.
First found in in Galway and county Clare where they had been seated from ancient times.
Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: 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; Michael, John and Thomas Bradigan and O'Bradigan settled in Virginia in 1657; Andrew Bradaghan settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in the early eighteen hundreds. and others.
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