by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (Kathleen M. O'Brien)
© 2000-2007 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.3, updated 01 June 2007
NOTE: This name began as a descriptive byname but became an inherited surname.
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:
|Middle Irish Gaelic (c900-c1200) nominative form:||Sinnach|
|Middle Irish Gaelic (c900-c1200) genitive form:||Sinnaig|
|Early Modern Irish Gaelic (c1200-c1700) nominative form:||Sionnach|
|Early Modern Irish Gaelic (c1200-c1700) genitive form:||Sionnaigh|
|Number of men found in the annals with this name:||10|
|Found in Years:||1077, 1148, 1233, 1287, 1316, 1370, 1381, 1400, 1445, 1446, 1472, 1500|
Woulfe (p. 318 s.n. Mac an tSionnaig.) gives the meaning of this byname as "son of the fox".
Woulfe (p. 671 s.n. Sionnac.) gives the meaning of this byname as "son of the fox".
Further information about the byname Sinnach / Sionnach, may be found in:
The Sources page lists the Annals referenced below. Information about secondary sources is included on that page as well.
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 Medieval Scotland | Medieval Names Archive | Index of Names in Irish Annals Kathleen M. O'Brien's articles are hosted by Medieval Scotland, which is published by Sharon L. Krossa (contact). Shopping online? How you can support this site.
[Standardized form of this man's name] Annals Entry Context Citation (formatting preserved) [Catharnach Sinnach] B M1077.8 Catharnach Sionnach (d. 1148) T T1148.4 Muiredhach Sindach, rí Teftha CS CS1148 Muiridhach Sinnach rí Tethba [Niall Sionnach Ua Catharnaigh] (d. 1233) C M1233.5 Niall Sionnach Ua Catharnaigh tighearna Fear Teathbha [Ruaidhri Sionnach] (d. 1287) Co 1287.7 Ruaidri Sinnach LC LC1287.5 Ruaidri Sindach [Niall Sionnach] (d. 1316) Co 1316.5 Niall Sinnach ri Fer Tethba C 1316.2 Niall Sionnach tigherna fer t-Tethba D M1446.4 Cú Choiccriche mac Maine mic Neill Shionnaigh tigherna fer t-Teathbha [Muircheartach Sionnach] (d. 1370) Co 1370.6 Murcertach Sinnach rex Fer Tethba LC2 LC1370.4 Muircheartach Sinnach, rex Fer Tethba [Eoghan Sionnach] (d. 1381) D M1381.15 Eoghan Sionnach tanaisi Muintire Tadhgain [Donnchadh Sionnach] (d. 1400) Co 1400.5 Dondchad Sinnach tigerna Muintire Tadcan LC2 LC1400.4 Dondchadh Sinnach, tighearna Muintire Tadcain D M1400.1 Donnchadh Sionnach tigerna Muintire Tadhgain [Cú Coigríche Sionnach] (d. 1445-1446) Co 1445.5 Cu Coiccriche Sinnach D M1446.4 Cú Choiccriche mac Maine mic Neill Shionnaigh tigherna fer t-Teathbha [Maine Sionnach] (d. 1472) Co 1472.16 Mane Sinnach [unrelated], tigerna Muintiri Tadgan D M1472.15 Maine Sionnach tighearna Muintire Tadhgain (d. 1500) U3 U1500.23 An Sinnach Muinntiri Tadhgain, .i. Cairpri Sinnach D M1500.21 An Sionnach Muintire Tadhccáin (Cairpre)
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