Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Ultac/Ultach

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

© 2000-2002 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.1, updated 16 April 2002

Descriptive Bynames: Ultac/Ultach



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:

Frequency & Dates:

Number of men found in the annals with this name: 9
Found in Years: 860, 1017, 1078, 1395, 1497, 1567, 1582, 1586, 1597

Research Notes:

Woulfe (p. 319 s.n. Mac an Ultaig.) gives the meaning of this byname as "son of the Ulidian (or native of East Ulster)".

Woulfe (p. 682 s.n. Ultac.) gives the meaning of this byname as "the Ultonian".

The meaning "the Ulidian" is given in regards to a man's name in 1395 (FM vol. 4, p. 742, footnote "f").


Further information about the byname Ultac/Ultach, 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)
[Cobdenach(?) Ultac]
BM1078.2Coibhdhenach Ultach anmchara Imleacha Iubhair
[Conall Ultac]
BM860.11Conuill Ultaigh
[Diarmaid Ultach] (d. 1582)
EM1582.37Diarmaitt Ulltach mac Seain
[Domhnall Ultach]
EM1567.2Domhnall Ulltach mac an doctuira ollamh Uí Domhnaill
[Eoghan Ultach ua Domhnaill]
DM1497.7Uí Dhomhnaill, mac Eoccain Ultaigh
[Eoghan Ultach mac Donnchaidh]
EM1586.13Eoghan Ulltach (mac Donnchaidh .i. an doctúir)
[Muiredach Ultac]
BM1017.4Muiredhach Ultach, anmchara Cluana Mic Nóis
[Muircheartach Ultach mac Seaain] (d. 1597)
FM1597.11Muircertach Ulltach mac Seain
[Pól Ultach]
FMvol. 4, p. 742, 1395Muiris mac Póil ulltaig. ollamh c.enél cconuill
DM1395.22Muiris mac Póil Ulltaigh ollamh leighis Chenél c-Conuill

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