Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Cuarán

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

© 2000-2010 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.4, updated 12 March 2010

Descriptive Bynames: Cuarán


uncertain - either "the Crooked or Stooped" or "[of the] Sandals"


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: 938, 944, 945, 947, 951, 968, 970

Research Notes:

The meaning "the Crooked or Stooped" is given in regards to a man's name in 968 (FM vol. 2, p. 692, footnote "f").

"Among these kings, Olaf 'Cuaran' ('of the Sandals') ruled Dublin victoriously when in 977 his army defeated the forces of the High king Domnall, ..." [Curtis, p. 25]

Walsh (p. 18, footnote "6") identifies the meaning of this byname:

Olaf Cuaran (Ir. cuaran, a shoe made of skin)


Further information about the byname Cuarán, 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)
[Amlaib Cuarán] (d. ?)
BM938.15NAmhlaoibh Cuarán
UU945.7NAmlaibh Cuarain
BM944.11NAmhlaibh Cuarán
UU947.1NAmlaibh Cuaran
BM945.8NAmhlaoibh Cuarán
BM951.21Nh-Amhlaibh Cuarán
UU970.1NAmlaim Cuaran
BM968.2NAmhlaibh Cuarán

Medieval Scotland | Medieval Names Archive | Index of Names in Irish Annals
Feminine Given Names | Feminine Descriptive Bynames | Masculine Given Names | Masculine Descriptive Bynames