Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Becc/Beag

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

© 2000-2006 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.2, updated 11 July 2006

Descriptive Bynames: Becc/Beag




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: 568, 587, 593, 721, 725, 731, 738, 995, 1170, 1184, 1189, 1201, 1259, 1260, 1584

Research Notes:

Woulfe (p. 228 s.n. Beag) gives the meaning of this byname as "little, small".

[Answering a question about the meaning of becc:]
OIr becc "small"; now beag. [email from Talan Gwynek - 15 Jul 2001]


Further information about the byname Becc/Beag, 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]
AnnalsEntryContextCitation (formatting preserved)
(d. 587)
UU568.1Colman m-Bec m.n-Diarmato
II568.1Colmán Bec mc. Ailella m. Comgaill
UU587.1Colman Bec mc. Diarmato
(d. 593)
UU593.3Colman Beag mc. Diarmoda
[] (d. 721)
UU721.1Dunchad Becc, rex Cinn Tire
TT721.1Duncadh Becc, rí Cínd Tiri
[Faeldobhar Becc] (d, 725-731)
UU731.8Faeldobur Becc sapiens Fobair
AM725.6S. Faeldobhar Becc, eccnaidh Fobhair ["St. Faeldobhar Beg the Wise, of Fobhar"]
(d. 738)
TT738.7Bran Becc mac Murchada
UU738.4Bran Becc m. Murchadho
[Muirchertach Becc ua Congalaig] (d. 995)
BM995.10Muircheartach Beag ua Conghalaigh
[Áed Becc Mac Canai]
UU1170.1Aedh Bic Mac Canae ["Aedh Mac Cana the Little"]
[Maolsechlainn Becc] (d. ?)
UU1184.3Mael Sechlainn Bec
CM1184.4Maoil Seachlainn Beacc
CM1189.8Mael Seachlainn Beg ri Temra
[Concobhar Beag Mac Lachlain]
UU1201.6Mac Lachlainn .i.,Conchubhar Beacc
[Art Beag Ua Ruairc] (d. 1260)
Co1259.4Art Becc mac Airt h. Ruairc
CM1259.4Art Beacc mac Airt Uí Ruairc
Co1260.11Art Bec mac Airt h. Ruairc
CM1260.9Art Beacc mac Airt Ui Ruairc
[Donnchadh Beag mac Taidhg mhic Donnchaidh Uí Bhriain]
EM1584.7Donnchadh Beacc, mac Taidhcc, mic Donnchaidh Uí Briain

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