Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Bán

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

© 2000-2007 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.2, updated 26 March 2007

Descriptive Bynames: Bán


"[the] White/Fair"


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: 7
Found in Years: 858, 1052, 1328, 1337, 1398, 1404, 1433, 1434, 1509, 1515, 1583

Research Notes:

Woulfe (p. 227 s.n. Bán) gives the meaning of this byname as "fair, white".


Further information about the byname Bán, 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)
[Tipraite Bán] (d. 858)
UU858.3Tipraiti Ban, abbas Tire Da Glas ["Tipraite the Pale, abbot of Tír dá Glas"]
[Domnall Bán hUa Briain] (d. 1052)
UU1052.1Domnall Ban H. Briain
[Brian Bán ua Briain]
Co1328.16Briain Bain h. Briain
Co1328.16Brian mBan O mBriain ar Ua mBriain
Co1337.2Brian Ban h. Briain
[Murchadh Bán mac Seáin mhic Dhomnaill Uí Fhearghail] (d. 1398)
Co1398.7Morchad Ban mac Sean meic Domnaill h. Fergail, an mac rigtaisig is ferr boi a nErinn ina amsir fein ["Morchad Ban son of Sean son of Domnall O Fergail, the best son of a king-chieftain of his time in Ireland"]
Co1433.10Anli mac Mane meic Murchada Bain h. Fergail
Co1434.7Ardan mac Maini meic Murchada Bain h. Fergail
[Donnchadh Bán Ua Maoil Chonaire] (d. 1404)
DM1404.7Donnchadh Bán Ua Maol Chonaire allamh Síl Muireadhaigh
[Domhnall Bán ua Raghallaigh]
EM1509.9Maol Mórdha mac Failge mic Domhnaill Bháin Uí Raghallaigh
EM1515.9Cathal mac Ferghail mic Domhnaill Bháin Uí Raghallaigh
[Donnchadh Bán mac Maoileachlainn mhic Diarmata mhic Maoileachlainn]
EM1583.12Mac Mhec Amhlaoibh .i. Donnchadh Bán, mac Maoileachlainn, mic Diarmata, mic Maoileachlainn

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