Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Balbh

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

© 2000-2010 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.2, updated 20 February 2010

Descriptive Bynames: Balbh


"[the] Stammerer"


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: 11
Found in Years: 737, 742, 1439, 1449, 1451, 1461, 1509, 1515, 1516, 1518, 1527, 1536, 1541, 1543, 1546, 1561, 1576

Research Notes:

Woulfe (p. 226 s.n. Balb.) gives the meaning of this byname as "the stammerer".

FM (p. 1302, vol. 5, footnote "o"), in an entry for the year 1509, says of this byname that it means "the Stammering".

FM (p. 1333, vol. 5, footnote "g"), in an entry for the year 1461, says of this byname that it means "the stammering".

FM (p. 1481, vol. 5, footnote "r"), in an entry for the year 1546, says of this byname that it means "the Stammerer".


Further information about the byname Balbh, 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)
(d. 737-742)
UU742.6Aedho Bailb, .i. mc. Indrechtaigh mc. Muiredaigh regis Conacht
TT742.9Aeda Bailb, maic Indreachtaigh, ríg Connacht
AM737.10Aodh Balbh mac Indreachtaidh rí Connacht
[Seán Balbh mac Conchobhair Uí Dochartaigh] (d. 1439)
DM1439.10O Dochartaigh taoííseach Arda Miodhair .i. Sean Balbh mac Concobhair
(d. 1451)
U3U1451.6Brian Balbh, mac Osgair
U3U1449.6Emonn, mac Briain Bailbh, mic Osgair
[Diarmaid Balbh mac Seoain mhic Echmarcaigh] (d. 1461)
Co1461.20Diarmait Balb mac Seoan meic Echmarcaig
[Art Balbh mac Meg Mathgamhna]
EM1515.11Art Balbh mac Még Mathghamhna
FMvol. 5, p. 1332, year 1515art balb. mac még
[Éinri Balbh Ó Neill] (d. ?)
Co1516.2Enri mBalp h. Nell
[Aodh Balbh mac Cuinn mhic Éinri mhic Eogain Uí Néill] (d. 1518)
U3U1518.7Mac Uí Neill, .i. Aodh Balbh, mac Cuinn Uí Néill
Co1518.2Aodh Balp mac Cuinn meic Enri meic Eogain I Nell
LC2LC1518.1Oedh Balbh, mac Cuinn mic Enrí mic Eogain h-I Neill
FMvol. 5, p. 1302, year 1509Mac aod.a bailb. uí neill
(d. 1527)
U3U1527.21Art Balbh, mac Seaain, mic Airt Uí Neill
(d. ?)
U3U1536.5Pilib Balbh, mac Cathail, mic Eogain Mheg Uidhir
[Tuathal Balbh Ua Gallchubhair] (d. 1541)
FMvol. 5, p. 1480, year 1543cat.aoir mac tuat.ail bailb.
LC2LC1541.2Tuathal Balb mac Seáin mic Ruaidhri I Gallcobhair
EM1541.5Tuathal Balbh mac Seain mic Ruaidhri Uí Ghallchubhair
EM1543.6Cathaoír mhac Tuathail Bailbh Uí Gallchubhair
EM1543.8Cathaoir mac Tuathail Bailbh la h-Ua n-Dochartaigh
EM1546.1Onora ingen Tuathail Bailbh Uí Gallchubhair
EM1576.6Toirrdhealbach mac Tuathail Bailbh Uí Gallcubhair
(d. 1561)
LC2LC1561.11Maoil Sechluinn Balbh mac Uilliam h-I Cheallaigh, .i. mac inghine h-I Bhríain

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