Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Breifnech

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

© 2000-2006 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.3, updated 25 September 2006

Descriptive Bynames: Breifnech


"[the] Brefne[-ian]/Brefne[-ish]"


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: 2
Found in Years: 1184, 1311, 1330, 1340, 1350, 1352, 1356, 1357, 1366, 1400, 1407, 1416, 1418

Research Notes:

This location is identified in the "Proper Names" index in Scéla Mucce Meic Dathó [p. 64]:

"Bréfne, district corresponding (roughly) to the counties of Cavan and Leitrim, dat. Bréfni I."


Further information about the byname Breifnech, 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)
[Aodh Breifneach Ua Conchobhair] (d. 1310)
FMvol. 3, p. 494, 1310Aod. breifneach ó concob.air Ríg. Connac.t
Co1311.13Aed Brefnech O Conchobair
Co1330.2Magnus mac Aeda Breifnig h. Concobair
Co1340.4Cathail meic Aeda Brefnig
Co1340.4Cathal mac Aeda Brefnig
Co1340.9Cathal mac Aeda Brefnig h. Conchobair
Co1350.6Aed mac Aeda Brefnig h. Conchobair risi rati h. Conchobair Brefnech ["Aed son of Aed Brefnech O Conchobair, who was known as O Conchobair Brefnech"]
Co1352.4Chathal mac Aeda Brefnig h. Conchobair
Co1356.5Toirrdelbach mac Aeda Brefnig h. Conchobair
Co1356.14Domnall mac Aeda Brefnig h. Conchobair
Co1357.12da Cathal ["the two Cathals"] .i. Cathal mac Aeda Brefnig & Cathal Oc mac Cathail meic Domnaill
Co1366.2Cathal mac Aeda Brefnig meic Cathail Ruaid
Co1400.28Findguala ingen Cathail meic Aeda Brefnig ben Meic Suibne Fanat
Co1407.11Eogain meic Cathail meic Aeda Brefnig meic Cathail Ruaid h. Conchobair
Co1416.17Ingen Murcertaig meic Cathail meic Aeda Brefnig h. Conchobair uxur Ruaidri Meic Diarmata ri Moigi
Co1418.15Lasarfina ingen Chathail meic Aeda Brefnig h. Conchobair ben Mailsechlainn meic Flaithbertaig h. Ruairc
DM1418.11Lasairfiona ingean Cathail mic Aodha Breifnigh bean Maoileachlainn mic Flaithbhertaigh Uí Ruairc
[Brian Breifnech mac Toirrdelbaig Uí Conchobhair] (d. 1184)
CM1184.2Brian Breifnech mac Toirrdhelbhaigh Ui Conchobhair

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