Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Muimnech / Muimhneach

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

© 2000-2008 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.1, updated 19 March 2008

Descriptive Bynames: Muimnech / Muimhneach




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: 725, 1048, 1156, 1225, 1231, 1232, 1235, 1236, 1246, 1247, 1250, 1251, 1273, 1278, 1288, 1292, 1315, 1339, 1340, 1347, 1351, 1372, 1406

Research Notes:

Woulfe (p. 431 s.n. Muim.neac.) gives the meaning of this byname as "the Munsterman".

The definition "the Momonian, so called because he was fostered in Munster", is given in regards to a man's name in 1210 (FM (vol. 3, p. 166, footnote "b").

The definition "the Momonian. ... was called Muimhneach, or the Momonian, from his having been fostered in Munster", is given in regards to a man's name in 1276 (FM (vol. 3, p. 424-5, footnote "c").

The definition "the Momonian or Munsterson: O'Duigenan was certainly so called from his having been fostered in the province of Munster", is given in regards to a man's name in 1339 (FM (vol. 3, p. 565, footnote "p").


Further information about the byname Muimnech / Muimhneach 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)
[Brian Muimnech] (d. 725)
UU725.5Brain Muimnigh [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
[Brian Muimnech] (d. 1048)
II1048.3RClothna Muimnech , comarba Ailbi
BM1048.3RCloithnia, comharba Ailbhe
[Muircheartach Muimhneach mac Toirdhealbhaigh Móir uí Chonchobhar] (d. ?)
BM1156.11Trí mic Toirrdhealbhaigh Uí Concobhair, Brian Breifnech, Brian Luighnéch, & Muirchertach Muimhneach
FMvol. 3, p. 166, 1210Muircertach muimhnech mac moir
Co1225.22Tuathal mac Murcertaig Mumnig
U2U1231.1Fethfolighi (idon, ben Muircertaigh Muimhnidh mic Toirrdealbaigh Moir I Concubuir), ingen Concobuir Mic Diarmata
Co1231.2Feth fo lige ingen Conchobair Meic Diarmata ben Murcertaig Mumnig meic Toirdilbaig moir h. Conchobair [unrelated] mathair Magnusa meic Murchertaig Mumnig & Conchobair Ruaidh & Tuathail & Toirrdelbaig Sacairt .i. prioir reclesa Petoir & Poil ["Feth fo lige, daughter of Conchobar Mac Diarmata and wife of Muirchertach Muimnech son of Toirrdelbach Mor O Conchobair ... mother of Magnus mac Muirchertaig Muimnig and Conchobar Ruad and Tuathal and Toirrdelbach the priest, prior of the church of Peter and Paul"]
CM1231.5Fethfoilge inghen Chonchobhair Mic Diarmata ben Muirceartaigh Muimhnigh mic Toirrdhealbhaigh Mhóir
Co1232.11Donnchad mac Murchertaig Mumnig
Co1236.5Magnus mac Murcertaig Mumnig h. Conchobair
Co1246.5Maelsechlainn mac Conchobair Ruaid meic Muirchertaig Mumnig h. Conchobair
Co1247.3mac Conchobair Ruaid meic Murcertaig Mumnig
Co1247.3mac Magnusa meic Murcertaig Mumnig h. Conchobair
Co1250.8Toirrdelbach mac Murcertaig Mumnig h. Conchobair prioir reclesa Petair & Poil
Co1251.4Tadc mac Tuathail meic Murcertaig Mumnig h. Conchobair
Co1273.8Domnall Irruis mac Magnusa meic Murcertaig Mumnig ["Domnall of Erris, son of Magnus mac Muirchertaig Muimnig"]
Co1280.2clainn Murcertaig Mumnig
Co1280.2Cathal mac Conchobair Ruaid meic Murcertaig Mumnig meic Toirrdelbaig Moir h. Conchobair
Co1288.4Dondchad Riabach mac Magnusa meic Murcertaig Mumnig
Co1292.4Thuathal mac Murcertaig meic Muirchertaig Muimnig
Co1315.10Aed Ballach mac Magnusa meic Conchobair Ruaid meicc Murcertaig Mumnig
Co1340.4Conchobar mac Dondchada Riabaig meic Magnusa meic Murcertaig Mumnig
Co1406.6Ruaidri mac Cathail Ruaid meic Conchobair Ruaid meic Murcertaig Mumnig meic Toirrdelbaig Moir Ri
[Aodh Muimhneach] (d. 1233)
U2U1233.1Aedh Muimnech mac Ruaidhri
Co1233.2Aed Mumnech mac Ruaidri
Co1233.2d'Aed Mumnech
Co1235.22Conchobar mac Aeda Mumnig
Co1236.5Conchobar mac Aeda Mumnig
[Aodh Muimhneach mac Fedlimid] (reigned 1278-1280, d. 1280)
FMvol. 3, p. 424, 1276Aod. muim.neac. mac fed.limid. mic cat.ail croibdeirg
Co1276.2Aed Mumnech mac Fedlim meic Cathail Crobdeirg
Co1278.9Aed Mumnech mac Fedlimid
Co1280.2Aed Mumnech mac Fedlimid meic Cathail Crobdeirg ri Connacht
[Donnchadh Muimhneach Ua Ceallaigh] (d. 1307)
U2U1303.8Donnchadh Muimnech O Ceallaigh, ri O Maine
Co1307.2Donnchad Mumnech h. Cellaig ri h. Mane
Co1307.6Dondchad Mumnech h. Cellaig
U2U1337.1Uilliam mac Donnchadha Muimnígh Ui Cheallaigh
Co1340.2Uilliam mac Dondchada Mumnig h. Cellaig
Co1351.5d'Uilliam mac Dondchada Mumnig h. Cellaig
[Feargal Muimhneach Ua Dubgendan] (d. 1357)
Co1339.9Fergal Muimnech h. Duibgennan
FMvol. 4, p. 564, muim.neac. ua nduib.gennáin
Co1347.10Findguala ingen Eogain Meic Fingin uxur Feargail Mumnig h. Duibgendan airchideochain Chilli Ronan
Co1357.6Fergal Mumnech h. Dubgennan ollam Conmaicne & Clainni Mailruanaid
[Muircheartach Muimhneach mac Muircheartaigh Móir Mhég Eochagáin] (d. 1372)
Co1372.4Murcertach Mumnech mac Murcertaig Moir Meg Eochacan taisech Ceneoil Fiachach meic Neill
CM1372.3Muircertach Muimneach mac Muirceartoigh Moir Mécc Eochaccáin, taoiseach Cenéil Fhiachach

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