Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Uaithneach

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

© 2000-2001 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.0, updated 20 December 2001

Descriptive Bynames: Uaithneach


"Uaithne[-ian]/Uaithne[-ish]" (refers to Uaithne, now Owny, which forms two baronies, one in Co. Limerick and the other in Co. Tipperary)


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: 2
Found in Years: 1199, 1200, 1238

Research Notes:

Woulfe (p. 681 s.n. gives the meaning of this byname as "Green".

[Answering a question about the meaning of Uathnech:]
Should correspond to later uaithneach, for which Dinneen has "propping, supporting, pillared". [email from Talan Gwynek - 07 Jun 2001]

[18 Oct 2001 - note by Mari:]
I found "of Uaithne" as the meaning of this byname (listed in entry U1200.7 below). Couldn't find any info on a place named Uaithne.

[19 Oct 2001 - note by Mari:]
I found a description of the location Uaithne in FM (vol. 6, p. 2145, footnote "w") which reads, "Uaithne, now Owny, forming two baronies, one in the county of Limerick, and the other in that of Tipperary".


Further information about the byname Uaithneach, 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]
AnnalsEntryCitation (formatting preserved)
[Donnchadh Uaithneach mac Ruaidhrí Uí Chonchobhair] (d. 1199-1200)
UU1200.7Donnchadh Uaithneach, mac Ruaidhri h-Ui Chonchubhair ["Donnchadh of Uaithne, son of Ruaidhri Ua Conchubhair"]
CM1199.6Donnchad Uaithneach mac Ruaidhri Ui Conchobhair
[Donnchadh Uaithneach mac Aodha mhic Ruaidhrí Uí Chonchobhair] (d. 1238)
Co1238.2Dondchad Uathnech mac Aeda meic Ruaidri h. Conchobair
FMvol. 3, p. 294, 1238Donnchad. uait.neac. mac aod.a mic Ruaid.ri uí concob.air
CM1238.2Donnchadh Uaithneach mac Aodha mic Ruaidhri Uí Concobhair

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