Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Amhreaidh

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

© 2000-2010 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.1, updated 20 February 2010

Descriptive Bynames: Amhreaidh


"[the] Quarrelsome/Contentious"


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:

Research Notes:

The meaning "the Contentious", is given in regards to a man's name in 1392 (FM vol. 4, p. 723, footnote "p").

Frequency & Dates:

Number of men found in the annals with this name: 1
Found in Years: 1389, 1392, 1401, 1419, 1470


Further information about the byname Amhreaidh, may be found in:

The Sources page lists the Annals referenced below. Information about secondary sources is 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.

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.

[Standardized form of this man's name]
AnnalsEntryCitation (formatting preserved)
[Énri Amhreaidh mac Néll Móir Uí Néill] (d. 1392)
DM1389.10Aiffric inghen Aodha Uí Néill, bein Henri Aimhreidh Uí Néill
Co1392.3Enri Amred per antrificim, mac Nel Moir h. Nel, rigdamna hErend de iure & adbar rig Ulad cin amurus dia marad ["Enri, 'the Quarrelsome' per antiphrasim, son of Niall Mor O Neill, eligible prince of Ireland de jure and undoubtedly destined to be king of Ulster"]
FMvol. 4, p. 722, 1392Enrí aim.reid. mac neill móir uí néill rioghdamhna cenél neog.ain
Co1401.26ridamna na nEoganach .i. Brian mac Enri Amreid h. Neill ["prospective king of Tir Eogain, namely Brian son of Enri Aimreid O Neill"]
Co1419.26Ua Neill .i. Domnall mac Enri Amreid
Co1470.4slicht Enrigh Aimreidh

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