Take Grayson, add in two scoops of Brady, and you’ll arrive at this handsome surname name.
Thanks to Clare for suggesting Grady as our Baby Name of the Day.
Does this one feel like a rarity? He’s actually ranked every year since 1887. Grady flirted with obscurity in the 1990s, but he’s been climbing since then. He charted at #332 in 2012. That’s not quite his most popular ranking – back in 1911, he cracked the US Top 200.
While Grady might feel like a substitute for Brady, he’s actually following the same pattern of use – both names peaked just a few years ago, and have fallen slightly in the last year or three.
But Grady could catch a second wind. While Brady makes me think of three-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady and Miranda’s son on Sex and the City, Grady feels much less tied to the early 2000s.
Plus, the moment for Gray names seems to be now. Thank you, EL James.
Like Brady, Grady is an Irish surname. Gráda means noble. It was originally given as a nickname, something like all of those names meaning tall or smart or red-headed. So Grady is a descendant of the noble one.
There have been plenty of fictional bearers of the name:
- In television’s Sanford and Son, Grady Wilson was Fred Sanford’s bestie. He briefly had his own spin-off, titled Grady.
- Michael Chabon’s Wonder Boys was the story of novelist Grady Tripp and his very talented student. Michael Douglas played the part in the big screen adaptation.
- Disney Channel original series Sonny with a Chance gave the name to a character.
Moving on to real-life Gradys:
- Actor Grady Sutton had a long career in Hollywood, graduating from silent films to talking pictures. His earliest appearances were in the 1920s, and he worked into the 1970s.
- The NFL’s Grady Alderman was a player-turned-coach.
- There’s also baseball’s Grady Hatton, and former Cleveland Indian Grady Sizemore, whose birth name is Gradius and who is actually the third Gradius – grandfather, father, and him.
- Rockabilly Hall of Famer Grady Martin played with many of Nashville’s greats, from Johnny Cash to Elvis Presley.
All of this makes for an intriguing name – he’s definitely in use, but he’s just slightly outside of the spotlight. None of the notable bearers are so well known that they define the name.
Unlike many a -y ending surname name, like Riley, it is tough to imagine Grady on a girl. That statistics bear this out. While 946 children were given the name in 2012, just seven of them were girls. Compare that to Bailey, a former masculine favorite now bestowed on more than 3,300 girls in 2012, or the 41 girls named Brady.
With his great meaning, vibrant and on-trend sound, and relatively underused status, Grady is one to consider.