Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: na Moichéirghe

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

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Version 2.2, updated 07 June 2008

Descriptive Bynames: na Moichéirghe


"[of] the Early-Rising" (referring to gettting up early in the morning)


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: 1
Found in Years: 1524, 1531, 1562, 1577, 1585, 1589, 1609

Research Notes:

The meaning "of the early rising" is given in regards to a man's name in 1524 (FM vol. 5, p. 1376, footnote "f").

The meaning "of the Early Rising" is given in regards to a man's name in 1531 (FM vol. 5, p. 1404, footnote "p").

[Answering a question about the meaning of na Moichéirghe:]
Dinneen s.v. moiche/irghe indicates that it's a compound from the root of moiche "earliness, soonness, dawn of day" and e/irche "act of rising, arising, getting up, ascending"; he glosses it "early rising" and has the following phrases: is ort a bhí an mhochóirighe "how early you got up" (said deprecatingly) and do mhairbh an mhochóirighe é "early rising killed him". I'd say that he gets up early in the morning (or perhaps memorably did so on some occasion).


Further information about the byname na Moichéirghe, 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)
[Brian na Moichéirghe mac Remainn mhic Glaisne Mheg Mathgamhna]
U3U1524.18Brian na Mochéirghi Mhag Mathgamna
FMvol. 5, p. 1376, 1524brian na moic.eirg.e mag
EM1524.21Brian na Moicheirghe Mag Mathghamhna
FMvol. 5, p. 1404, 1531briain na moic.eirg.e
EM1531.14Briain na Moicheirghe
EM1562.9Mag Mathgamhna, Aodh mac Briain na Moicheirge mic Remainn mic Glaisne
EM1577.19Mag Mathghamhna [unrelated] .i. Art mac Briain na Muicheirghe, mic Remainn, mic Glaisne
EM1585.8Mag Mathghamna .i. Rossa mac Airt, mic Briain na Moicheirghe, mic Remainn mic Glaisne ["Mac Mahon (Ross, the son of Art, son of Brian of the Early Rising, son of Redmond, son of Glasny)"]
FM1589.2Mág Mathgamhna Rossa mac Airt, mic Briain na Moicheirghe, mic Rémainn mic Glaisne
FM1609.2Brian na Samhthach mac Airt, mic Briain na Muicheirge

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