Tom Brady

NFL Fan Rally in London's Trafalgar Square on October 27, 2012

Brady in 2012, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Thomas Edward Brady, Jr.

Place of Birth: San Mateo, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 3, 1977

*father – Irish, small amount of English
*mother – Polish, one quarter Swedish, one quarter Norwegian, German

Tom Brady is an American professional football player. A quarterback, he has played for the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He was voted Super Bowl MVP for Super Bowl XXXVI (2002), XXXVIII (2004), XLIX (2015), LI (2017), and LV (2021). He is 6′4″.

Tom is the son of Galynn Ann (Johnson) and Thomas Edward Brady. His father is of Irish, and a small amount of English, descent. His mother is of approximately one quarter Swedish, one quarter Norwegian, three eighths Polish, and one eighth German, descent. Tom has a son with his former partner, actress Bridget Moynahan; and two children with his former wife, Brazilian fashion model Gisele Bündchen. His brother-in-law is professional baseball player Kevin Youkilis, who is married to Tom’s sister, Julie.

His great-uncle, Michael Buckley, Jr., was the first American prisoner of war in World War II.

Tom’s paternal grandfather was Harry Christopher Brady (the son of Philip F. Brady and Ellen/Nellie G. Donahue). Harry was born in San Francisco, California. Philip was born in Massachusetts, to Irish parents, John Brady, from County Monaghan, and Bridget Bailey/Bayley. They left Ireland because of the Great Famine, and moved to Boston, and then San Francisco. Tom’s first cousin, three times removed, was Major League Baseball player “Steady” Pete Meegan, who was the son of Ann, Bridget’s sister. Tom’s great-grandmother Ellen was born in California, the daughter of Dennis Donahue, who was from County Derry, Ireland, and of Margaret Devenney, who also had roots in Derry.

Tom’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Patricia Buckley (the daughter of Michael J. Buckley and Barbara Lally). Margaret was born in Fresno County, California. Michael was born in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin, the son of Irish parents, Patrick Buckley, from Inniscarra, County Cork, and Bridget Donlan, from Ennis, County Clare. Tom’s great-grandmother Barbara was born in Bilston, Staffordshire, England, the daughter of Martin Lally and Elizabeth Moore, whose own father was born in Ireland and whose own mother was born in England.

Tom’s maternal grandfather was Gordon Emanuel Johnson (the son of Arthur W. Johnson and Rena Lund). Gordon was born in Browerville, Todd, Minnesota. Arthur was born in Minnesota, to Swedish parents, Isaac Johnson and Martha. Rena was born in Norway.

Tom’s maternal grandmother was Bernice Theresa Obitz (the daughter of Charles John Obitz/Opitz and Anna M. Stish). Bernice was born in Todd County, Minnesota. Charles was born in Minnesota, the son of Wilhelm/William Opitz/Obitz, who was an ethnic German, and of Maria/Mary Ulke, who was Polish. Anna was born in Ashton, Sherman, Nebraska, of Polish descent, the daughter of Peter J. Stish, from Opole, and of Nancy/Nancie/Nartazzice Kowschliski, who herself was the daughter of Julius Kowschliski and Rosalin Kanopikofek.

Sources: Family history of Tom Brady –

Genealogies of Tom Brady –

Genealogies of Tom’s maternal grandparents, Gordon Emanuel Johnson and Bernice Theresa Obitz –

Tom’s maternal grandfather, Gordon Emanuel Johnson, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Tom’s maternal grandmother, Bernice Theresa Obitz, on the 1920 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

38 Responses

  1. jackson9 says:

    I found some additional information on Tom Brady that may be helpful. 1. On Brady’s maternal grandmother’s side of the family he most certainly is partially German. William Obitz (1834-1918) was the son of Christian Friederich Abitz and Johanna Barbara Louise Müller. Besides Johanna being born in Germany and having a distinctly German name, her spouse Christian was the son of Wilheim Abitz Sr., born in Germany. 2. Barbara Lally, where the possible English ancestry comes up, is the daughter of Martin Lally (the son of John Lally and Mary Coyne) and Elizabeth Moore (the daughter of Michael Moore and Harriet Hitchcock.) Barbara Lally’s paternal grandparents were both Irish Catholic from County Galway. Barbara Lally’s maternal grandparents were English and Michael Moore (Barbara Lilly’s maternal grandfather’s) parents were Northern Irish (likely Protestant). 3. hope this was helpful. wondering if we could start adding Irish geography as tags to celebrities profiles

  2. TeddyBearBoy says:


  3. passingtime85 says:

    I really really wish you were banned

    • follers says:

      Oh, no, no, no. Then “Comments” should just be changed to “adding links to the genealogy of someone’s great-great-grandmother (focusing on her own mother’s side) (through her sister).” At least neiltennant makes me laugh.

      And that awful fading in thing… it even fades in when you go back!

      • andrew says:


        Aren’t you the one who started that kind of genealogical researches, so I don’t get the point about the complaint. Basically you’re pissed off because other users has ripped you, but I think your reaction is still legit.

      • passingtime85 says:

        Follers, he’s such a waste of space on this site. I’m surprise anyone with moderation power tolerates him. At least the worst of his comments can be edited I guess.

        • jackson9 says:

          Neil Tennant should have never been threatened to be banned or had his comments removed. He was the glue which made this website work. Now with him gone we got clowns like @Oaken05 saying “edit this users comments” “make sure you don’t write too many consecutive comments” etc etc etc… Can we get rid of some of them and get the true genealogist (Neil Tennant) back even if we have to beg him in todays inflation economy?

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.