Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Cerrbél

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

© 2000-2006 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.0, updated 09 July 2006

Descriptive Bynames: Cerrbél


"[the] Wry-mouth[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:

Frequency & Dates:

Number of men found in the annals with this name: 1
Found in Years: 478, 482, 483, 539, 545, 552, 555, 558, 565, 595, 600, 604, 643, 657, 664, 763, 862

Research Notes:

[Answering a question about a standardized form of this byname:]

From cerr 'crooked, wry, maimed' and bél 'mouth', so nominative cerrbél 'wry-mouth'. The genitive is cerrbeoil. [email from Talan Gwynek - 09 Jul 2006]


Further information about the byname Cerrbél, 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)
[] (d. ?)
UU483.2Ferghus Cerbhall mc. Conaill Cremhthainn
CSCS482Fergus Cirrbél mac Conaill Cremthainne
AM478.1Ferghus Cerrbel, mac Conaill Cremhthainde
UU545.3Diarmait mc. Fergusa Cerrbheoil mc. Conaill Cremthainne mc. Neill Naoighiallaigh
AM539.1Diarmaitt, mac Ferghusa Ceirrbheoil
AM552.3Diarmaitt, mac Fergusa Cerrbheoil
UU555.2Colman Mar mc. Diarmata Derg mc. Ferghusa Cerrbeoil mc. Conaill Cremhthainne mc. Neill Naoighiallaigh
AM558.1Diarmaitt, mac Fergusa Cerrbeoil
AM565.3Colman m-Becc, mac Diarmata, mic Fergusa Cerrbheoil
AM595.1d'Aodh Slaine, mac mic Diarmata, mic Fergusa Cerrbheoil
UU600.2Suibne m. Colmaen Moer mc. Diarmoda Deirgh mc. Ferghusa Cerrbeoil mc. Conaill Cremhtainne mc. Neill Naoighiallaigh
UU604.2Aedho Slane mc. Diarmoda Deirg mc. Fearghusa Cerrbheoil mc. Conaill Cremhthainne mc. Neill Naoighiallaigh
UU643.7duo filii Aedho Slane mc. Diarmada mc. Fergusa Cerrbheoil mc. Conaill Cremthainde mc. Neill Naoighiallaig, .i. Diarmait & Blathmac
AM657.1do Diarmait & do Blathmac, d´ mhac Aodha Slaine, mic Diarmada, mic Fergusa Cerrbeoil
UU664.4Cernaigh filii Diarmato mc. Aedho Slane mc. Diarmada Cerrbeoil mc. Conaill Cremthainne
UU763.1Domnaill m. Murchada mc. Diarmada Guthbhinn m. Oirmeadhaigh Chaeich mc. Conaill mc. Suibhne mc. Colmain Mhoir mc. Diarmada mc. Ferghusa Cerrbheoil, regis Temorie
UU862.5Mael Sechnaill m. Mael Ruanaigh mc. Donnchadha mc. Domnaill mc Murchadha Midhi mc. Diarmada Den m. Oirmedhaigh Chaeich mc. Conaill Guthbhinn mc. Shuibhne mc. Colmain Moir mc. Diarmada Derg mc. Fergusa Cerrbeoil, ri h-Erenn ["Mael Sechnailll son of Mael Ruanaid son of Donnchad son of Domnall son of Murchad of Mide son of Diarmait the Harsh son of Airmedach the One-eyed son of Conall of the Sweet Voice, son of Suibne son of Colmán the great son of Diarmait the red son of Fergus Wrymouth, king of all Irela"]

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