Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Greannach

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

© 2000-2007 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.0, updated 08 April 2007

Descriptive Bynames: Greannach


"[the] Hairy/Furry/Bushy/Bristly/Rough Bearded"


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: 1
Found in Years: 1464, 1486

Research Notes:

[Answering a question about clarification of the meaning of this byname:]

This is from OIr grendach 'hairy, bristly, rough', an adjective from grend 'beard, hair, bristles'; Dinneen has EMIr greannach 'hairy, furry, bearded, bushy, bristly'. [email from Talan Gwynek - 07 Apr 2007]


Further information about the byname Greannach, 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. 1464)
U3U1464.9Tomas Grennach & Domnall, .i. da mac Duinn Mheg Uidhir ["Thomas the long-bearded and Domnall, namely, two sons of Donn Mag Uidhir"]
DM1464.21Tomas Greannach & Domnall da mac Duinn Meg Uidhir
U3U1486.8Emunn, mac Tomais Greannaig, mic Duinn, mic Pilib na Tuaidhe Meg Uidhir ["Edmund, son of Thomas the long-bearded, son of Donn, son of Philip Mag Uidhir of the battle-axe"]
U3U1486.8Eogan, mac Tomais Grennaigh ["Eogan, son of Thomas the long bearded"]
DM1486.38Emann mac Tomáis Ghreandaigh mic Duinn mic Pilip na Tuaighe Meg Uidhir
DM1486.38Eoghan mac Tomais Greandaigh

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