O'Grady family crest
The Irish surname O'Grady is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ó Gráda meaning “descendant of Gráda,” a name meaning “noble.” The O'Grady’s originally hailed from county Clare, and adjacent parts of counties Limerick and Tipperary. The seat and territory of the Chief of the Name was at Killballyowen, County Limerick. It is interesting to note that "The O'Grady" is one of the few whose claim to chieftainship is officially recognised in Ireland. A branch of the family in East Clare, who supported the English invaders in the reign of Henry 111 (1216 - 1272), changed their name from O'Grady to Brady, whereas in parts of Counties Mayo and Roscommon some Gradys took the name Gready, itself from the Gaelic "Mac Riada", corrupted in the spoken language to O'Griada. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John O'Grady, Bishop of Tuam, which was dated 1364, in the “Ecclesiastical Records of County Galway.” Today there are approximately 7,000 people living in The United States bearing the family name O'Grady.
O'Grady family crest ring

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