Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Meairgeach

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

© 2000-2008 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.3, updated 16 May 2008

Descriptive Bynames: Meairgeach




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: 1535, 1537, 1539, 1542, 1547, 1550, 1564, 1581, 1586, 1588, 1599

Research Notes:

[Answering a question about the meaning of Mergec:]
Early Irish meirgech, probably "wrinkled", but possibly "having standards or flags". For the later spelling, meargeach, Dinneen gives "rusty, musty, freckled, pock-marked; angry" "freckled" and "pock-marked" are the likeliest of these, I suppose. [email from Talan Gwynek - 15 Jul 2001]


Further information about the byname Meairgeach, 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)
[Aodh Meairgeach 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 Meairgeach mac Eoin Modardha mhic Néill Mhóir mhic Mhic Shuibhne] (d. 1564)
Em1564.2Aodh Meirccech, mac Eoin Modardha Mhec Suibhne
[Maol Mhuire Meairgeach mac Eoin Ruaidh Mhic Suibhne] (d. 1539-1540)
U3U1540.15Mael Muire Meirgach, mac Eogain Ruaidh Mic Shuibhne
Co1539.6Maolmure Mergech mac Eoin Ruaid Meic hSuibhne
LC2LC1539.3Maol Muire Mercech mac Eoin Mic Shuibhne
EM1539.5Maol Muire Meirgech mac Eóin Ruaidh Mic Suibhne
[Maol Mhuire Meairgeach mac Maoil Mhuire mhic Néill] (d. 1564)
EM1547.1Maol Muire Meirgeach
Em1564.2mac Mhec Suibhne .i. Maol Muire Meircceach, mac Maol Muire, mic Neill
EM1588.1Donnchadh mac Maol Muire Meirccigh, mic Maol Muire, mic Neill
[Niall Meairgeach mac Maoil Mhuire mhic Aodha mhic Néill] (d. 1588)
EM1586.10Niall Meirgeach mac Maol Muire mic Aodha
EM1588.1Mac Suibhne Baghaineach Niall Meircceach mac Maol Muire, mic Aodha mic Neill
EM1588.1Niall Meirgeach
EM1588.1Niall Meircceach
FM1599.48Mac mhec Suibhne Bhaghainigh .i. Domhnall mac Neill Meirgigh
[Séamus Meairgeach] (d. 1537)
EM1535.1ANSemus Meirgech
EM1537.19ANSemus Meirccech
[Toirdhealbhach Meairgeach Mac Suibhne Baghaineach] (d. 1550)
EM1550.3Mac Suibhne Baghaineach Toirrdhealbhach Meircceach
[Toirdhealbhach Meairgeach] (d. 1581)
EM1581.25Toirrdealbhach Meircceach [noted as being the son of Mac Suibhne Baghaineach Maol Muire mac Aodha]

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