The surname Brady may be of English or Irish origin. In Ireland the name is an anglicization of the Gaelic name O’Bradaigh, ‘descendant of Bradach’, a byname the meaning of which is not clear. It is unlikely to be connected with the Gaelic ‘bradach’, thieving, dishonest, which has a short first vowel. The name signifies ‘the grandson of Bradach’, spirited. In England it may be a nickname for a person with large or wide set eyes, from the Old English ‘brad’, broad and ‘eage’, eye. It may also be a habitational name from some place known as ‘broad island’, from Old English ‘brad’, broad and ‘eg’, island. It can also be a topographical name for someone who lived by a broad enclosure, from the Old English ‘brad’, broad and ‘(ge)hoeg’, enclosure. The name dates back to the eleventh century were a Roger Brodege is recorded in historical archives. The surname has evovled through Bradeie, Bradege and Brodeye, until the modern form of Brady was reached. The name was brought to America by Irish and English … Coat of arms: Azure two bars or. …
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