Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Grady

Grady is the transferred use of a surname anglicized from the old Irish Ó Grádaigh which is derived from the Gaelic word “gradaim” meaning ‘distinction, honor’ or more simply from “grada” meaning ‘illustrious one’. This ancient Irish sept occupied territory covering most of County Clare and some parts of Limerick and Tipperary. One ‘distinction’ the O’Grady family can claim is the official recognition of their chieftainship in Ireland (one of the few). Some of the O’Grady’s who supported the 13th century English invaders into Ireland changed their name to Brady. Grady remains a popular surname in Ireland and is generally only used as a forename in the United States.

All About the Baby Name – Grady

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME GRADY

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME GRADY

Surprisingly, the name Grady has been around on the American popularity charts for over a century. In fact, at the turn of the 20th century the name was at the height of its popularity with fairly moderate usage. The name started to decline by the 1940s and reached its all-time low point in the early 1990s when it came dangerously close to dropping off the male naming charts altogether. Since the turn of the 21st century, however, Grady is changing his tune. The name is not quite as popular as it was 100 years ago, but it’s definitely on the upswing. Its appeal has to do with the trendiness of using surnames as first names and the popularity of Irish names. Grady is very similar sounding to Brady – and even some of the O’Grady clan actually became Brady’s in Ireland. Both names are Irish, simple and charming.

Quick Facts

ON GRADY

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

Celtic

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

348

PRONUNCIATION:

GRAY-dee

SIMPLE MEANING:

Illustrious, distinctive

Characteristics

OF GRADY

Independent

Individualistic

Ambitious

Strong-willed

Inventive

Successful

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Grady

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME GRADY

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Grady

Popular Songs

ON GRADY

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Famous People

NAMED GRADY

Grady Booch (computer scientist)
Grady Sizemore (baseball player)
Grady Wallace (basketball player)
Grady Hatton (baseball player/manager)
Grady Little (baseball player/manager)

Children of Famous People

NAMED GRADY

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME GRADY

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Grady