Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Caoch

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

© 2000-2008 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.1, updated 07 June 2008

Descriptive Bynames: Caoch


"[the] Blind" (one-eyed)


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: 14
Found in Years: 1346, 1360, 1396, 1419, 1426, 1439, 1445, 1472, 1475, 1476, 1497, 1505, 1537, 1542, 1585

Note: the Latin form Cecus also appears in some entries.

Research Notes:

Woulfe (p. 311 s.n. Mac an C.aoic.) gives the meaning of this byname as "son of the blind man".

The meaning "the blind, or rather the one-eyed" is given in regards to a man's name in 1396 (FM vol. 4, p. 745, footnote "m").


Further information about the byname Caoch, 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)
[(unknown given name) Caoch Mac Ragnaill] (d. ?)
Co1346.3Ceithri meic Cathail meic in Caich Meg Ragnaill
Co1360.13Cathal mac an Caich Meg Ragnaill
[Cormac Caoch Mac Fínghin] (d. ?)
Co1346.8Cormac Caech Mac Fingin
[Maoleachlainn Caoch mac Muircheartaigh mhic Dhomnaill uí Chonchobhair] (d. 1396)
FMvol. 4, p. 744, 1396Maoilechlainn caoc. mac Muircertaig. mic Dom.naill uí concob.air
DM1396.9Maoilechlainn Caoch mac Muircertaigh mic Domhnaill Uí Concobhair
[Giolla Chríost Caoch Ua hAirt] (d. ?)
Co1419.9Gilla Crist Caech h. hAirt
[Conchobhar Caoch Ó h-Eilidhe] (d. 1426)
DM1426.11O h-Eilidhe Mór, .i. Concobhar Caoch O h-Eilidhe
[Tadhg Caoch mac Aoidh mhic Pilib na Tuaighe Mheg Uidir] (d. 1439)
DM1439.5Tadhg Caoch mac Aedha mic Pilib na Tuaighe Meg Uidir
[Diarmait Caoch Ua Feargail] (d. ?)
Co1445.11Domnall mac Diarmata Caich h. Fergail
[Tadhg Caoch mac Uilliam Uí Chellaigh] (d. ?)
Co1472.6Uilliam mac Taidg Chaich meic Uilliam h. Chellaig
[Eoghan Caoch Ua Conchobhair] (d. ?)
Co1475.13Eogan Caoch h. Conchobair
Co1475.8clainn h. Conchobair Duinn .i. Eogan Caech & Ruaidri
EM1585.8mac Uí Concobhair Duinn Aodh, mac Diarmatta, mic Cairpre, mic Eoghain Chaoích mic Feilim Gengcaigh ["the son of O'Conor Don (Hugh, the son of Dermot, sob of Carbry, son of Owen Caech, son of Felim Geanncach)"]
[Toirdhealbhach Caoch Mac Suibhne] (d. ?)
Co1476.15ingen h. Anligi ben Toirrdelbaig Caich Meic Shuibne
[Domhnall Caoch] (d. ?)
Co1497.9Sean nDub mac nDomnaill Caich
[Ruaidhrí Caoch] (d. ?)
Co1505.3Finnghuala inghen Ruaidri Oicc meic Ruaidri Caoich ben hSeain meic Taidc meic Briain Meic Donnchada
[Niall Caoch mac Gerailt mac Uí Dhochartaigh] (d. 1537)
Co1537.18Mac h. Dochartaig .i. Niall Caoch mac Gerailt
[Feidhlim Caoch Ua Néill] (d. ?)
Co1542.20Mac h. Neill .i. Feidhlim Caoch mac Coinn meic Coinn

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