Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Dabaill

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

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Version 2.1, updated 19 March 2020

Descriptive Bynames: Dabaill


"[of the] Daball" (a river, now called the Blackwater)


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: 2
Found in Years: 906, 911, 915, 926, 927, 928, 929

Research Notes:

FM-1851 (p. 582, vol. 2, footnote "r") says in part:

Domhnall of Dobhail: i. e. of Dabhall, a river in Ulster, now the Blackwater.


Further information about the byname Dabaill, 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)
[Domnall Dabaill] (d. 911-915)
BM906.6Domhnall, mac Aodha Finnléith, tighearna Ailigh
UU915.2Domnall m. Aedho, ri Ailigh
BM911.5Domhnall, mac Aedha .i. Aedh Findliath mic Néill, tighearna Ailigh
BM911.5Domhnall, mac Aeda Ailig
BM911.5Domhnall Dobhail ["Domhnall of Dobhail"]
[Céle Dabaill] (d. 927-929)
UU928.7RCeile, comarba Comgaill & apostolicus doctor totius Hibernie
BM926.5RCele Dabhail, mac Scannail, do dhol co Róimh dia ailithre a h-abdhaine Bendchair [Note: in this form, Dabhaill seems to be a byname. It only appears in entries for this person in the Annals of the Four Masters.]
UU929.3RCeile, comarba Comgaill, scriba & anchorita & apostolicus doctor totius Hibernie
CSCS929RCele mac Scannail comarba Benncuir
BM927.3RCele Dabhaill, mac Scandail, comharba Comhghaill Beandchair fo Erinn eapscop scribhnidh, proiceptaidh, & doctor [Note: in this form, Dabhaill seems to be a byname. It only appears in entries for this person in the Annals of the Four Masters.]
UU929.3RCeili clerig [Note: this reference uses a byname meaning "cleric".]
BM927.3RCéle cléirigh [Note: this reference uses a byname meaning "cleric".]

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