Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Finn/Fionn

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

© 2000-2008 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.7, updated 05 June 2008

Descriptive Bynames: Finn/Fionn


"Fair" (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: 23
Found in Years: 572, 667, 670, 671, 681, 747, 778, 974, 997, 1066, 1126, 1135, 1161, 1260, 1289, 1342, 1362, 1387, 1419, 1422, 1467, 1470, 1476, 1478, 1489, 1490, 1501, 1503, 1508, 1519, 1543, 1544, 1557

Research Notes:

Woulfe (p. 287 s.n. Fionn) gives the meaning of this byname as "fair".

The meaning "the fair, or fair-haired" is given in regards to a man's name in 1478 (FM vol. 4, p. 1106, footnote "y").


Further information about the byname Finn/Fionn, 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. 572)
TT572.1da h-úa Múiredaig .i. Baetan mac Muiredaig & Eochaid Find mac Domnaill
(d. 670)
UU670.5Brain Finn m. Maele Fothartaigh [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
(d. 667-671)
UU671.3Bran Finn m. Maele Octraich
TT671.3Bran Find mac Mail ochtraigh, rí na n-Deisse Muman
CSCS667Brain Finn meic Maeilectraig ri na n-Desi Muman [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
(d. ?)
TT681.1Fland Find mac Maile Tuile
(d. 747)
TT747.2Muiredhaigh Find, ríg h-Ua Meith [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
(d. 778)
UU778.7Aedh Finn m. Echdach rex Dal Riati
[Donnchad Finn mac Áeda meic Flainn] (d. 974)
UU974.3Donnchad Finn, ri Midhe
TT974.1Dondchadh Fínd, mac Aeda, maic Flaind
UU997.1mc. n-Donnchada Finn
UU997.4Domnall m. Donnchada Finn
TT997.2Domnall mac Dondchada Find
(d. 1066)
BM1066.5Fogartach Fionn do Ultoibh, eccnaidh & angcoiri ["Fogartach Finn, one of the Ulidians, a wise man and anchorite"]
[Domnall Finn Ua Dubda] (d. 1126)
BM1126.12Domhnall Finn Ua Dubhda, tighearna Ua n-Amhalghadha
BM1135.20Amhlaibh, mac Domhnaill Fhinn Uí Dhubhda, tigherna Ua n-Amhalghadha
[Fallamhan Fionn Ua Fallamhain] (d. 1161)
BM1161.22Fallamhan Fionn Ua Fallamhain, taoiseach Cloinne h-Uadach
[Muircheartach Fionn]
Co1260.2Aed mac Murcertaig Find
[Riocard Fionn mac Uilliam Burc]
Co1289.7mac Ricairt Finn meic Uilliam Burc
[Giolla Chríost Fionn Mac Cormaic]
Co1342.6Fergal mac Gilla Crist Finn Meic Cormaic
[Eoghan Fionn Ua Conchobhair] (d. 1362)
Co1362.2Eogan Find h. Conchobair mac Rig Connacht
CM1362.2Eoghan Fionn Ua Concobhair mac righ Connacht
[Goffraidh Fionn Ó Dalaigh] (d. 1387)
DM1387.4Goffraidh Fionn Ó Dalaigh ard-ollamh Ereann
[Domhnall Fionn Mac Horiberd]
Co1419.30Domnall Finn Mac Horiberd
[Domhnall Fionn Ua Flaithbertaigh]
Co1422.5Domnall Finn h. Flaithbertaig
[Tomás Fionn Mac Muiris]
Co1422.7Sefrun mac meic Tomas Find Meic Muris
[Feidhlim Fionn Ua Conchobhair]
Co1467.10Feidlim Find
Co1470.6Cathal mac Fedlim Find
Co1476.15Derbforgaill ingen Fedhlim Finn h. Conchobair ben h. Conchobair Duinn
DM1476.12Dearbforgaill inghen Feidhlimidh Fhinn Uí Concobhair bean Uí Concobhair Duinn
Co1489.8Toirdelbach mac Feidhlim Finn h. Conchobair
Co1490.5O Conchobair Ruad .i. Feidlim Finn
EM1503.16Fheidhlimidh Fhinn Uí Chonchobhair
Co1519.17Ó Concobair Ruad .i. Eoghan mac Feidhlimidh Finn, ri co fresabhra
[Tadhg Fionn Ua Luinín] (d. 1478)
FMvol. 4, p. 1106, 1478Tad.g fionn ua luinín saoí le & le
DM1478.12Tadhg Fionn Ua Luinín saoí le leighes & le seanchas
[Brian Fionn Ua Cathain]
Co1501.6Brian Finn h. Cathain
[Tighearnán Fionn Ua Ruairc]
Co1508.6Sean mac Tigernain Finn h. Ruairc
[Feidhlim Fionn Ua Gallchubhair]
Co1543.11Toirrdelbaig meic Feidlim Finn hI Gallchubair
EM1543.8Toirrdhealbhach mac Feilim Fhinn Uí Gallchubhair
Co1544.3mac Fedlim Finn Í Gallchubair
EM1544.8Toirrdhealbhach mac Feilim Finn
Co1544.3mac Fedlim Finn
EM1544.8mac Fhelim Fhinn
EM1557.14Dhonnchadh mac Feilim Fhinn Uí Ghallchubhair

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