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Recorded in the spellings of MacBrady, MacGrady, and O'Grady, the short forms commencing "Mc", and both Brady and Grady without any prefix, this is an Irish clan surname, originally from the County Cavan region. The dervation is from the pre 10th century Gaelic Mac Bradaigh, and the translation is "the son of the very spirited one" or similar, this description being that applied to the first chief of the clan. How many centuries ago this was is very uncertain, but most Irish surnames have at least medieval ancestry, and some stretch back to the very dawn of written history. At various times the nameholders have been called MacBrady and O'Grady, whilst since the 16th century both Brady and Grady have been most popular despite the famous song about Rosie O'Grady...

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