Grady Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Grady Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Grady

The ancient history of the name Grady was found in the archives. Meaning 'illustrious', the O'Gradys were a Dalcassian sept, whose territorys was in County Clare. Their fortress was Inis Cealtra on Lough Derg. The O'Briens dispersed them to Limerick , where the present Chief of the name, Lieutenant Colonel Gerard Vigours de Courcy O'Grady, lives at Killballyowen. During the frenetic period of Henry the eighths rule, an O'Grady changed his faith, and his name to Brady in order to keep his lands. His son was the first Protestant Bishop of Meath. Since then his family has reverted to their original name. John O'Grady was Archbishop of Tuam from 1364 to 1372 and in modern times many more O'Gradys have distinguished themselves.
The Grady coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Grady descendants.
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