Index of Names in Irish Annals: Bran

by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (Kathleen M. O'Brien)

© 2000-2006 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.0, updated 23 June 2006

Masculine Given Names: Bran


What we know as a set of Irish Annals are manuscripts that were each compiled during a particular time period, usually using older material as sources. For example, when the Annals of the Four Masters were written from 1632 to 1636, they covered events that occurred centuries and millenia before (including legendary history). So, when an entry in this set of annals refers to a person who lived in the year 738, the spelling used for that person's name is very likely not using the spelling that would have been used in 738.

Standard forms of this name (based on spelling systems of different periods) would be:

Frequency & Dates:

Number of men found in the annals with this name: 42
Found in Years: 596, 666, 667, 669, 670, 671, 680, 690, 693, 695, 710, 712, 715, 717, 721, 722, 727, 728, 730, 733, 738, 740, 751, 755, 760, 765, 770, 782, 790, 795, 800, 805, 813, 814, 818, 831, 833, 834, 835, 837, 838, 839, 843, 857, 860, 868, 870, 874, 875, 885, 948, 954, 961, 965, 970, 974, 976, 1040, 1041, 1043, 1044, 1091, 1110, 1154, 1361, 1364, 1373, 1406, 1435

Research Notes:


Further information about the name Bran, may be found in:

The Sources page lists the Annals referenced below. Information on secondary sources are included on that page as well.

Raw Data

In the table below, I have separated individuals with a blank line. That is, when there are multiple entries in the annals that refer to a single person, those entries are grouped together.

Within the list of entries refering to a single person, I have sorted the entries primarily by orthography when it is obvious that what I am seeing is the same entry showing up in multiple annals. The entries that tend to use older spellings are listed first.

Special factors which may affect name usage are marked in the context column.

ANindicates a member of an Anglo-Norman family
ASindicates an Anglo-Saxon
Nindicates a Norseman
Pindicates a Pict
Rindicates a person holding a religious office
Sindicates a person from Scotland

NOTE: The Annals referenced below under the code letters A, B, C, E, & F tend to use later spellings than the other Annals. In some cases, the spellings listed in these Annals may not be appropriate for the year referenced in the Annal entry.

In some Gaelic scripts, there is a character that looks approximately like a lowercase f, but without the crossbar. This character (represented by an underscored , e, in the entries below) sometimes represents e and sometimes ea depending upon the context of the text.

AnnalsEntryContextCitation (formatting preserved)
(d. 596)
UU596.3filiorum Aedain, .i. Brain & Domangairt
TT596.2filiorum Aedan .i. Bran & Domungort & Eochaid Fínd & Artur
(d. 666-671)
AM666.4Bran Fionn, mac Maoile Ochtraicch, toiseach na n-Déisi Mumhan
UU670.5Brain Finn m. Maele Fothartaigh
TT667.3Brain Fínd maic Mail Ochtraigh .i. rí na n-Dese Muman
CSCS667Brain Finn meic Maeilectraig ri na n-Desi Muman
AM669.6Bran Find, mac Maele Fothartaigh
UU671.3Bran Finn m. Maele Octraich
TT671.3Bran Find mac Mail ochtraigh, rí na n-Deisse Muman
CSCS670Brain Fhind meic Maelifoturtaigh
CSCS671Bran Fionn mac Maeloctraigh
AM669.2Bran Fionn, mac Maoile Ochtraich, toisech na n-Déisi Mumhan
(d. 690-695)
TT680.6Bran mac Conaill ri Laigen
UU695.5Brain m. Conaill Bicc
TT690.5Bran mac Conaill, rí Laigen
CSCS690Bran mac ConaillLaigen
(d. 690-693)
UU693.2Bran nepos Faelaen, rex Lagenentium
TT693.3Bran h-ua Faelain rí Laigen
CSCS693Bran nepos Faeláin rex Lagnensium
AM690.3Bran ua Faolain, rí Laighen
(d. 710-712)
UU712.9Bran nepos Maele Duin
TT712.6Bran nepos Maile Duín
AM710.6Bran ua Maoil Dúin
(d. 725)
UU725.5Brain Muimnigh
(d. 721-727)
UU715.4Murchada m. Brain
AM717.8Murchadh, mac Brain
UU721.6Murchad m. Brain
TT722.7Murchadh mac m-Brain, ríg Laigen
CSCS721 [CS722?]Murchadh mac BrainLaigen
AM721.11Murchadh, mac Brain, rí Laighen
UU727.7Murchad m. Brain, rex Laginensium
UU728.2.ii. germanos filios Murchadho m. Brain & Dunchad senior iugulatus, iunior Felanus regnat. ["two brothers, the sons of Murchad son of Bran; and Dúnchad the elder having been killed, Faelán, the younger, reigns."]
AM722.4da mac Murchadha, mic Brain
UU738.1Faelan nepos Brain, Laginensium rex ["Faelán grandson of Bran, king of Laigin"]
AM733.5Faolan, mac Brain, rí Laighen
UU760.5Muiredaigh nepotis Brain regis Lagen
AM755.7Muireadhach, mac Murchadha, no ua Brain, ri Laighen
(d. ?)
UU727.9Conghal m. Brain
TT727.6Congail, mac Brain
AM721.15Congal, mac Brain
(d. 730)
UU730.4Bran filius Eugain
(d. ?)
TT733.4Branchu mac Brain
AM728.3Branchoin, mac Brain
(d. 733-738)
UU738.4Bran Becc m. Murchadho
TT738.4Bran Becc mac Murchadha
AM733.4Bran Becc mac Murchadha, an dara righ
TT738.7Bran Becc mac Murchada
AM733.8Bran Bricc mac Murchadha
(d. 740)
UU740.8sancti Brain Lainne Ela ["the holy Bran of Lann Ela"]
TT740.6sancti Brain Lainni h-Eala
(d. 751)
UU751.6Bran m. Beth Betri
(d. 751)
TT751.8Bran mac Duib Sleibi, ab Cluana Eóiss
(d. ?)
UU770.7Cennselach m. Brain
AM765.13Cennsealach, mac Brain
(d. 790-795)
UU795.1Bran Arddcenn rex Lagenentium
AM790.7Bran Airdchend, rí Laighen
UU805.7Muiredach m. Brain
AM800.16Muireadhach, mac Brain
UU814.8filii Brain ["Bran's sons"]
UU818.1Muiredhach m. Brain, leith-ri Laigen ["Muiredach son of Bran, one of two kings of Laigin"]
UCS818Muiredhach mac Brain leithrí Laigen
AM813.6Muireadhach, mac Brain, lethri Laighen
(d. ?)
UU782.3Bran m. Muiredaigh
(d. ?)
AM831.6Cellach mac Brain
UU833.6Ceallach m. Brain
UU834.3Ceallach m. Brain ri Laighen
CSCS834Ceallach mac BrainLaigen
AM833.6Ceallach, mac Brain, rí Laighen
(d. 837-838)
UU838.1RBran Finglaisi episcopus & scriba
AM837.6RBran Fionnghlaisi, epscop & scribhnidh
(d. 834-838)
UU835.1Bran m. Faelan
UU838.10Bran m. Faelain, rex Laigen
CSCS838Bran mac FaolainLaiccen
AM834.6Bran mac Faeláin
UU870.2Muiredhach m. Brain
UU875.2Muiredach m. Brain
UU885.9Muiredhach m. Brain, rex Laginensium & princeps Cille Dara
CSCS885Muiredach mac BrainLaighen
AM860.6Ruarc, mac Brain, rí Laighen
(d. 839)
UU839.9Bran m. Oengussa
(d. 857)
CSCS857Bran mac Scanlain ri Gabrain
(d. ?)
AM843.16Fearghal, mac Brain, mic Maeile Tuile, mic Tuathail, tighearna Muscraighe
(d. ?)
AM868.15Bran mac Muireadhaigh
(d. ?)
AM874.13Reachtabhra, mac Brain Fhind, tighearna na n-Déisi
(d. ?)
BM948.12Oenghus, mac Brain, saccart, & sruith-senoir Cluana Mic Nóis
(d. 954)
UU954.8Bran m. Domnaill, rí Ceniuil Loeghaire Bregh
(d. ?)
BM961.2Fothadh, mac Brain, scribhnidh & espucc Insi Alban
(d. ?)
BM970.9Madadhán, mac Brain
(d. ?)
BM970.10Finn, mac Brain
(d. ?)
BM965.18mac Brain tigerna Deasmhumhan
UU976.1Mael Muaidh m. m-Brain
CSCS976Maelmuad mac Brain
TT976.2Mael Muadh mac Brain
BM974.9Maol Mhuaidh, mac Brain, tigherna Desmumhan
(d. ?)
CSCS976Dunchadh mac Brain
(d. ?)
BM1040.6Echtigherna, mac Brain, tigherna Breghmhaine
(d. ?)
CSCS1047dha mac Brain meic Maoilmordha
TT1041.8mac Brain maic Mail Morda
(d. ?)
TT1043.4Cellach mac m-Brain
(d. ?)
TT1044.6Murchadh mac Brain, ri h-Úa Faelan
BM1044.15Murchadh, mac Brain, tigherna Ua Faeláin
(d. 1091)
BM1091.9Bran Ua Caindelbháin
(d. 1110)
UU1110.11Bran H. Bruic senoir Iarmumhan
BM1110.5Bran Ua Bruic, senóir Iarmúmhan
(d. ?)
BM1154.9mac Muircheartaigh mic Brain Ui Fhearghail
(d. 1364)
U2U1361.9Bran h-Ua Brain, saí timpanaigh
Co1364.10Bran h. Brain sai timpanaig ["Bran O Brain, a skilful tympanist"]
LC2LC1364.9Bran .H. Brain, sai timpanaigh
(d. 1373)
U2U1373.9Bran h-Ua Braín, rí h-Ua Faelan, cenn beodhachta & einigh na Laighnech
(d. 1406)
Co1406.2Bran h. Brain damna rig h. Faelan
LC2LC1406.1Bran .H. Brain damhna rig .H. Faelan
(d. 1435)
DM1435.5Bran O Broin adbar tighearna Criche Branach

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