Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Dub / Dubh

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

© 2000-2008 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.5, updated 07 June 2008

Descriptive Bynames: Dub / Dubh


"Black" (probably refers to hair color)


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: 23
Found in Years: 582, 588, 603, 662, 639, 715, 747, 764, 766, 1095, 1230, 1260, 1269, 1342, 1343, 1365, 1406, 1407, 1408, 1411, 1416, 1426, 1448, 1482, 1497, 1516, 1524, 1542, 1561, 1566, 1582, 1585, 1589, 1590

Research Notes:

Woulfe (p. 284 s.n. Dub.) gives the meaning of this byname as "black".

The meaning "Black" is given in regards to a man's name in 1491 (FM vol. 3, p. 406, footnote "w").

The meaning "black" is given in regards to a man's name in 1491 (FM vol. 3, p. 575, footnote "l").


Further information about the byname Dub/Dubh, 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. 588)
TT582.3Aed Dub mac Suibne, rí Ulad
TT588.5Aedha Duibh maic Suibne Araidhe
(d. ?)
TT603.5Fíngen mac Aedha Duib rí Muman
UU662.5Maenach m. Fingin mc. Aedha Duib mc. Crimthain mc. Feidhlimidh mc. Aenghusa mc. Nad Fraich,rex Muman
(d. ?)
TT639.4RAeda Duib, ab Cille Dara, rí Laigen
[Áed Dub] (d. 715)
UU715.3Aedh Dubh, rex Nepotum Fidgente
TT715.4Aedh Dub rí Ua Fidgente
[Áed Dub mac Cathail] (d. 747)
UU747.11Aedha Duibh filii Cathail
TT747.12Aedha Duib, maic Cathail
[Diarmait Dub mac Domnaill]
UU764.6Diarmait Dub m. Domnaill
[Áed Dub mac Toichlich] (d. 766)
UU766.3Aedh Dubh m. Toichlich
(d. ?)
BM1095.4Domhnall Dubh Ua Ferghaile, tigherna Forthuath Laighen
[Adam Dubh]
Co1230.2Addaim Duib
[Tadhg Dubh mac Néill mhic Congalaig]
Co1260.12Tadc Dub mac Nell meic Congalaig
[Domhnall Dubh Ua hEaghra]
FMvol. 3, p. 406, 1269Brian mac dom.nail duib. ui Eag.ra
[Donnchadh Dubh Ua hÉilige]
FMvol. 3, p. 574, 1342concobar mac Donnchad.a duib. uí éilige
[Domhnall Dubh Ua Baigill]
Co1343.13Domnall nDub h. mBaigill
[Eoin Dubh Mac Domhnaill]
Co1365.8Somurli mac Eoin Duib Meic Domnail Ardconstapla Coicid Ulad
[Domhnall Dubh Ua Suilleban]
Co1411.18Domnall Dub h. Suilleban
[Cormac Dubh mac Taidhg mhic Uilliam mhic Conchobhair Mhic Bhranain] (d. 1416)
Co1416.25Cormac Dub mac Taidg meic Uilliam meic Conchobair Meic Branan
[Cathal Dubh Ua Conchobhair]
Co1406.6Cathal Dub mac h. Conchobair Ruaid
Co1407.8Cathal Dub mac h. Conchobair Ruaid
Co1408.14Chathal Dub h. Conchobair
Co1426.7Cathal nDub h. Conchobair
Co1426.8Cathal Dub h. Conchobair
Co1448.4Ruaidri mac Cathail Duib h. Conchobair
Co1448.5Brian mac Cathail Duib h. Conchobair
Co1482.9Brian Oc mac Briain meic Cathail Duib
[Seaan Dubh mac Domhnaill Caoich]
Co1497.9Sean nDub mac nDomnaill Caich
[Brian Dubh]
EM1516.10Mór inghen Donnchaidh mic Briain Duibh ben an t-Seain-sin
[Seaan Dubh mac Domnaill Meic Uibilin]
Co1524.10Mac Uibilin .i. Cormac mac Seain Duib meic Domnaill
[Feidhlim Dubh Ua NÉill]
Co1542.17Mac Aodho h. Neill .i. Fedlim Dubh, ant enmac do mair ac Aodh Mergec ["The son of Aed O Neill, namely Feidlim Dub, the only one living of the sons of Aed Meirgech"]
[Aodh Dubh mac Aoidh Duibh Uí Dhomhnaill]
EM1561.2Maire inghen An Chalbhaigh, mic Maghnusa, mic Aodha Duibh Uí Domhnaill ben í Neill Sheain
EM1566.2Maire inghen Mhaghnasa mic Aodha Duibh mic Aodha Ruaidh Uí Dhomhnaill ben Mécc Aengasa
EM1582.1Mairghrég inghen Aodha Duibh, mic Aodha Ruaidh, mic Neill Gairbh, mic Toirrdelbhaigh an Fhiona Uí Dhomhnaill, ben Uí Raighilligh (Maol Mórdha mac Seain, mic Cathail)
EM1585.8Ua Domhnaill Aedh mac Maghnusa, mic Aodha Duibh, mic Aedha Ruaidh mic Neill Ghairbh, mic Toirrdhealbhaigh an Fhiona ["O'Donnell (Hugh Roe, the son of Manus, son of Hugh Duv, son of Hugh Roe, son of Niall Garv, son of Turlough of the Wine)"]
FM1589.8Maghnus mac Cuinn mic an Chalbhaigh, mic Maghnusa mic Aodha Duibh Uí Domhnaill
FM1589.8Sean mac Maghnus Óig mic Maghnusa, mic Aodha Duibh Uí Domhnaill
FM1590.6Mac Uí Domhnaill .i. Domhnall mac Aodha mic Maghnusa, mic Aodha Duibh, mic Aoda Ruaidh mic Neill Ghairbh mic Toirrdhealbhaigh an Fhiona
[Aodh Dubh]
EM1566.3Róis inghen Mhég Uidhir Cu Connacht .i. an comarba ben Aodha Buidhe mic Aedha Duibh

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