Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Gallta/Gallda

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

© 2000-2001 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.0, updated 20 December 2001

Descriptive Bynames: Gallta/Gallda


"[the] Anglicized" (regarding one man, he was "so called because he could speak English, and shewed a predilection for the English laws, manners, and dress")


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: 7
Found in Years: 1187, 1303, 1304, 1316, 1386, 1408, 1466, 1496

Research Notes:

Woulfe (p. 290 s.n. Gallda) gives the meaning of this byname as "the anglicised".

The meaning "the anglicised" is given in regards to a man's name in 1386 (FM vol. 4, p. 704, footnote "c").

The meaning "the Anglicised" is given in regards to a man's name in 1487 (FM vol. 4, p. 1149, footnote "l").

The meaning "the Anglicised; so called because he could speak English, and shewed a predilection for the English laws, manners, and dress" is given in regards to a man's name in 1496 (FM vol. 4, p. 1226, footnote "m").


Further information about the byname Gallta/Gallda, 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)
[Aedh Gallta Ua Domnaill]
FMvol. 4, p. 1148, 1187aed.a gallda uí dom.naill
[Maigeog Gallda]
FMvol. 4, p. 704, 1386Maigeocc gallda
[Niall Gallda Ua Néill]
FMvol. 4, p. 1226, 1496Eiem.ear mac briain mic neill gallda uí neill
[Seaan Gallda Ua Fearghail]
Co1316.5Fergal mac Seoain Gallda h. Fergail
[Seaan Gallda mac Remainn Triel]
Co1466.6Tomas Galta mac Remainn Triel
[Uilliam Gallda Mac Eochagain]
Co1303.11Muris mac Uilliam Galta Mec Eochacan
Co1304.6Uilliam Occ mac Uilliam Gallta Meg Eochacan
[Uilliam Gallda Ua Taidhg an Teglaig]
Co1408.7Gilla na Naem mac Uilliam Gallda h. Taidc an Teglaig

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