Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Cairbreach

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

© 2000-2001 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.0, updated 20 December 2001

Descriptive Bynames: Cairbreach


"Carbery[-ian]/Carbery[-ish]" (a large district in the south-west of Co. Cork)


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: 4
Found in Years: 1225, 1235, 1240, 1242, 1385, 1456, 1461

Research Notes:

[Answering a question about the meaning of Cairprig:]
This Cairprig may go with your Carbrech data below. Here it might be the genitive of modern Irish cairbreach "distant, long" (Dinneen), though I can find nothing relevant in the DIL, and the usage examples in Dinneen suggest that the sense may not be suitable for a byname. I wasn't able to find anything that looked really good with either p or b. [email from Talan Gwynek - 15 Jul 2001]

Note: I just found matching references for this word in the annals. These references are:


Further information about the byname Cairbreach, 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)
[Cathal Cairbreach Mac Donnchadha]
Co1385.6Cathal Cairbrech Mac Dondchada
[Donnchadh Cairbreach Ua Brian]
Co1225.26Donnchada Charprig
CM1225.7Donnchadh Cairpreach Ua Briain
CM1225.7Donnchadh Cairbreach
CM1235.6Dhonnchadh Cairprech Ua m-Briain
Co1240.5Sadb ingen h. Cennetig ben Dondchada Carbrig h. Briain
Co1242.2Donnchad Carbrech h. Briain ri Tuadmuman
[Toirdhealbhach Cairbreach mac Neachtain]
DM1456.2Toirrdhealbhach Cairbreach mac Neachtain tighearnus Tire Conaill
[Toirdhealbhach Cairbreach Ua Domhnaill]
Co1461.3Toirrdelbach Carprich h. Domnaill ri Tiri Conaill

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