Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Cernach

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

© 2000-2012 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.4, updated 03 January 2012

Descriptive Bynames: Cernach


"[the] victorious"


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: 1
Found in Years: 1st C A.D.

Research Notes:

[Answering a question about the meaning of Cernach:]

Possibly "victorious, triumphant" in this sense it was an epithet of Conall son of Amorgin (DIL). Another Conall, unidentified, bore a homonymous epithet that may have meant "having an excrescence"." [email from Talan Gwynek - 15 Jul 2001]

FM (vol. 5, p. 1690, footnote "d") identifies this person:

Conall Cearnach - He was the most distinguised of the heroes of the Red Branch in Ulster, in the beginning of the first century and the ancestor of the O'Mores, and the seven septs of Leix, in the Queen's County.

The meaning of this byname is identified in the index of another source:

"Conall (Conald R 15) Cernach, 'the victorious,' hero of Ulster, ..." [Scéla Mucce Meic Dathó, p. 64]


Further information about the byname Cernach, 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)
[Conall Cernach]
Rgenealogy 57Cenél Lugdach Laíchsig m. Conaill Cernaig
Rgenealogy 408Lugaid Loígsech Cennmár m. Conaill Cernaich
Rgenealogy 410Conall Cernach
Rgenealogy 447Lugaid Laíchsech Cennmár m. Conaill Cernaig
Rgenealogy 449Lugaid Loíchsech Cennmár [unrelated] m. féinnida .i. m. Conaill Cernaich
Rgenealogy 937Conall Cernach
Rgenealogy 938chlainn Conaill Cernaich
Rgenealogy 938Findchaid m. Óengusa m. Gáeth m. h- Ubláith m. Rochada m. h-Íréil Glúnmáir m. Conaill Cernaich
Rgenealogy 939Dáire mc Íréil Glúnmáir m. Conaill Cernaich
Rgenealogy 1482Iarél Glúnmár m. Conaill Cernaich
Rgenealogy 1493Conall Cernach
Rgenealogy 1494Clann Conaill Cernaich
Rgenealogy 1658Conall Cernach
Rgenealogy 1688Flaithbertach m. Echmílid m. Áeda m. Echmílid m. Áeda m. Echmílid m. Óengusa m. Aitíd m. Laigne m. Blaithmeic m. Domnaill m. Conchobuir m. Bresail m. Fergusa m. Áedáin m. Mongáin m. Sáráin m. Maine m. Fothaid m. Conaill m. Cóelbad m. Cruind Ba Druí cuius filius Eocho C[gap: illegible/extent: 3 letters] m. Fráechair F[gap: illegible/extent: 6 letters] m. Fergusa Fo[gap: illegible/extent: 3 letters] m. Lugdach m. Rossa m. Imchatha m. Feideilmid m. Caiss m. Fiachach Araidi m. Óengusa Goibnenn m. Fergusa Gall[gap: illegible/extent: 3 letters] m. Tipraite (qui occidit Conn Cétchathach) m. Bressail Bricc m. Briúin (qui subintrauit Loch Láeg) m. Feirbb m. Máil (qui occidit Tuathal Techtmar) m. Rochride m. Cathbath m. Ailchada m. Cuindchatha m. Findchatha m. Muiredaich m. Fiachach Findamnais m. Iaréol Glúnmáir m. Conaill Cernaig
Co1421.2Conall Cernach
LC2LC1521.2slechta Conaill Cernaigh ["the race of Conall Cernach"]
Co1521.3Chlainni Conoill Cernaigh ["the Children of Conall Cernach"]
EM1575.3Clanna Conaill Cernaicch ["the descendants of Conall Cearnach"]
EM1576.17Conaill Cearnaigh ["the race of ... Conall Cearnach"]
FM1600.37Slechta Conuill Chernaigh ["the race of Conall Cearnach"]

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