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Brady Family History

Brady Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Mac Brádaigh or Ó Brádaigh ‘son (or descendant) of Brádach’ a personal name meaning ‘proud spirited’. In this case Ó Brádaigh is merely a variant of Mac Brádaigh. Native American (Cheyenne): from a shortened and altered English translation of the Cheyenne personal name Nemo'eehe meaning ‘Braid(ed) Locks’ or ‘Wrapped Hair’ from -nemo'eehe ‘wrapped braids/hair’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Grady, Braden, Briody, Crady, Brain, Rada, Brawdy, Frady, Bradby

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Where is the Brady family from?

You can see how Brady families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brady family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brady families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 206 Brady families living in New York. This was about 27% of all the recorded Brady's in USA. New York had the highest population of Brady families in 1840.
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What did your Brady ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Brady. 13% of Brady men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Brady women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brady were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

There are 97,000 immigration records available for the last name Brady. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 104,000 military records available for the last name Brady. For the veterans among your Brady ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brady lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Brady life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Brady in 1940 was 67, and 74 in 2004.

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