Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Fota/Fada

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

© 2000-2002 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.1, updated 21 August 2002

Descriptive Bynames: Fota/Fada


"[the] Tall (Long)"


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: 8
Found in Years: 590, 609, 614, 652, 654, 661, 662, 678, 697, 713, 719, 725, 868, 870, 1586, 1595

Research Notes:

Woulfe (p. 285 s.n. Fada) gives the meaning of this byname as "tall, long".

The meaning "the long or tall" is given in 1582 (FM vol. 5, p. 1790, footnote "q").


Further information about the byname Fota / Fada, 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]
AnnalsEntryCitation (formatting preserved)
[Cilléne Fota] (d. 725)
AM725.3S. Cillene Foda ab Ia
[Comgán Fota] (d. 868-870)
UU870.5Comgan Fota ancorita Tamhlactae, daltae Maele Ruain ["Comgán the Tall, anchorite of Tamlacht and disciple of Mael Ruain"]
AM868.10Comhgan Foda, angcoire Tamhlachta, dalta Maoile Ruain
[Cuimmíne Fota] (d. 661-662)
TT590.5Cumíne Fota
TT662.1Cumine Fota
AM661.2S. Cummine Foda, mac Fiachna, epscop Cluana Ferta Brenoinn
[Dorbeni Fota] (d. 713)
UU713.5Dorbení cathedram Iae
TT713.6Dorbeni kathedram Iae
AM713.2S. Dorbaine Foda, abb Iae
[Ferchar Fota] (d. 697)
TT678.4Ferchair Fotai
UU697.2Fercar Fota ["Ferchar the Tall"]
TT697.2Fearcar Fota
TT719.4da mac Fearchair Fota
[Ossene Fota] (d. 652-654)
UU654.2Colman episcopus, moccu Delduibh & Ossene Fota, duo abbates Cluano Irairdd ["Bishop Colm´n moccu Telduib and Oiséne the Tall, two abbots of Cluain Iraird"]
TT654.1Colman espoc, mac húi Tellduib & Osine Fota, da ab Cluana h-Iraird
AM652.3S. Oissene Fota, ab Cluana h-Ioraird
[Tóla Fota] (d. 609-614)
UU614.1Tolfa Fota, abb Cluana Moccu Nois ["To-Lua the Tall, abbot of Cluain Moccu Nóis"]
AM609.2S. To Lua Fota, abb Cluana Mic Nóis
[Uaitéar Fada mac Dauíd mhic Émainn mhic Uilleaigh a Búrc]
EM1586.3dias mac Uatéir Fhada mic Dauidh mic Emainn mic Uillicc A Búrc, Teboit & Maoilir
FM1595.20Maoílir mac Tepoit, mic Uáteir Fhada ["Myler, the son of Theobald, son of Walter Fada Burke"]

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