Brady Family History

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Brady Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Brádaigh ‘descendant of Brádach’, a byname the meaning of which is not clear. It is unlikely to be connected with Gaelic bradach ‘thieving’, ‘dishonest’, which has a short first vowel.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Brady Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Brady name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Brady. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Brady Family Origin

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Brady Family Occupations

What did your Brady ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brady. A less common occupation for the Brady family was Carpenter. The most common Brady occupation in the USA was Farmer. 20% of Brady's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Brady Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 510,000 census records available for the last name Brady. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brady census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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 Card

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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Brady Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Brady ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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