Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Cendfhota, Cennfhota

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

© 2000-2010 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.2, updated 09 April 2010

Descriptive Bynames: Cendfhota, Cennfhota


"[the] Long-head[ed]"


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:

Note: the -nd- spellings below tend to be older than the -nn- spellings.

Frequency & Dates:

Number of men found in the annals with this name: 3
Found in Years: 564, 567, 630, 635, 646, 647, 673, 674, 718

Research Notes:

The meaning "of the long head" is given in regards to a man's name in 670 CS-H (p. 103, footnote "5")


Further information about the byname Cendfhota, Cennfhota, 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)
[] (d. ?)
AM564.1Ainmire, mac Sedna, mic Fergusa Cendfhoda
AM567.1Baodan, mac Nindeadha, mic Fergusa Cendfoda
[] (d. ?)
UU635.8Lochene m. Nechtain Cennfhotai
TT635.5Lochene mac Nechtain Cennfota
AM630.3Lochene, mac Nechtain Cendfoda
[] (d. 673-674)
TT647.1Congal Cendfada mac Dunchadha
II647.1Congal Cennfota
TT647.1Congal Cennfhadó
CSCS647Congal Cendfada mac Dunchadha
AM646.3Congal c-Cennfoda, mic Dunchadha
UU674.1Congaile Cennfhoti m. Dunchado regis Uloth
II673.1Congail Cendfotai meicc Dunchada
TT674.1Congail Cendfhata maic Dunchadha, ríg Ulad
CSCS674Congaile Cennfoda meic DunchadhaUladh [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
AM673.3Congal Cendfoda, mac Dunchadha, rí Uladh
UU718.6Conri m. Congaile Cennfhotai
TT718.8Connri mac Congail Cennfhada

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