Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Dorcha

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

© 2000-2010 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.3, updated 03 April 2010

Descriptive Bynames: Dorcha


"Dark" (refers either to hair color or to complexion)


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: 5
Found in Years: 1485, 1505, 1542, 1582, 1585

Research Notes:


Further information about the byname Dorcha, 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. 1485]
U3U1485.19Brian Dorcha, mac Eogain h-Ui Again
[d. 1505]
U3U1505.5RPrioir Fobhair [unrelated], .i. Emunn Dorcha, do shlicht an Ridere, .i. an t-Simunaigh
EM1505.2REmann Dorcha (do sliocht an Ridire .i. an t-Simunaigh) prioir Fobhair ["Edmond Dorcha (of the descendants of the Knight) Fitz Simon, Prior of Fore"]
[d. 1542]
Co1542.6Mac Con Midhe .i. Brian Dorcho mac Solaim
LC2LC1542.6Mac Conmidhe .i. Brian Dorchu mac Solaim
EM1542.6Mac Con Midhe Brian Dorcha mac Solaimh
[d. 1582]
EM1582.38Ma Con Midhe Brian Dorcha
[d. 1585]
LC2LC1581.2h-Emann Dorcha mac Domnaill Mic Shuibhne
LC2LC1585.11Emann Dorcha mac Domnaill mic Murchada mic Suibhne
EM1585.5Emann Dorcha mac Domhnaill, mic Murchaidh, mic Ruaidhri Mhóir ["Edmond Dorcha the Dark, the son of Donnell, son of Murrough, son of Rory More"]

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