Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Donnghaileach

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

© 2000-2007 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.1, updated 27 March 2007

Descriptive Bynames: Donnghaileach


"[somehow connected, via fostering, etc., with the] Donnghaile [family]"


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: 1552, 1554, 1590

Research Notes:

A section of entry M1531.18 in the Annals of the Four Masters (vol. 5) explains the origin of this byname:

Baile Uí Donnghaile d'ionnsaighidh lá Niall Ócc mac Airt mic Cuinn I Néll an baile do bhrisedh lais, & mac I Néill (dalta Uí Dhonngaile) do ghabhail & a bhreith lais co n-eachaibh, & co n-edalaibh an bhaile araon ris.
which is translated as:
Baile-Ui-Donnghaile was assaulted by Niall Oge, son of Art, son of Con O'Neill. He demolished the castle; and he made a prisoner of the son of O'Neill, who was foster-son of O'Donnelly, and carried him off, together with the horses and the other spoils of the town.
[Source: "E" listed on the Sources page]

This identifies the source of Seán's byname - it refers to his fosterage with this family.


Further information about the byname Donnghaileach, 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)
[Sáen Donnghaileach Ó Neill]
EM1552.7Sean Donngaileach Ó Neill
EM1552.8a mac Sean Donnghaileach
EM1554.6t-Seain Dhonnghailigh mic I Neill
FM1590.5Mac Uí Neill .i. Aodh Geimhleach, mac Seain Dhonnghailigh mic Cuinn Bhacaigh mic Cuinn, mic Enri, mic Eoghain
FMvol. 6, p. 1886, 1590Mac uí neill .i. Aod. geim.leac., mac Seain d.onng.ailig. mic cuinn b.acaig. mic cuinn, mic enri, mic eog.ain

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