Index of Names in Irish Annals: Masculine Descriptive Bynames

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

© 2000-2015 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.39, updated 25 May 2015


Masculine Descriptive Bynames

I have broken down the types of descriptive bynames found in the annals into basic groupings below. If you click on a topic, it will take you to the area which includes specific descriptive bynames that fall into that category.

Examples have been found of descriptive bynames that describe:

The Sources page lists the Annals referenced below. Information on secondary sources are included on that page as well.


Note: Bynames that have a * next to them, are used to refer to at least 10 different people.

Age:

Appearance:

The bynames in this section are adjectives unless otherwise noted.

Personality/Behavior:

The bynames in this section are adjectives unless otherwise noted.

Occupations/Vocations/Avocations:

The bynames in this section are adjectives unless otherwise noted.

Groups of People:

All of the bynames in this section are nouns.

Weapons/Battle:

All of the bynames in this section are nouns.

Families (usually indicates fosterage) :

All of the bynames in this section are adjectives.

Locations (Refers to birthplace, fosterage, etc.):

In general, descriptive bynames that refer to locations use adjectival forms to refer to areas large enough to have a regional identity. Descriptive bynames that refer to smaller locations tend to use noun forms. The break point seems to be something larger than a barony. In other words, descriptive bynames that refer to areas larger than baronies tend to use adjectival forms; descriptive bynames that refer to baronies or smaller areas tend to use noun forms.

Animals:

The bynames in this section are adjectives unless otherwise noted.

Other:

The bynames in this section are adjectives unless otherwise noted.

Unknown:

Bynames used in Reference to Legendary Figures:

At this time, these bynames have only been found in reference to early Irish (pre-500), mainly legendary, figures.


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Feminine Given Names | Feminine Descriptive Bynames | Masculine Given Names | Masculine Descriptive Bynames


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