(Munster and Connacht) reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gráda ‘descendant of Gráda’, a byname meaning ‘noble’ (see O’Grady). reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mag Bhrádaigh (see McGrady).

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You can see how Grady families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Grady family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Grady families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 40 Grady families living in North Carolina. This was about 20% of all the recorded Grady's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Grady families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Grady surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Grady. 14% of Grady men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Grady women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Grady were Clerk and Maid.

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Census Records

There are 180,000 census records available for the last name Grady. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Grady census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 28,000 immigration records available for the last name Grady. 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 33,000 military records available for the last name Grady. For the veterans among your Grady ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Grady life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Grady in 1940 was 37, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Grady 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.