Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: na Moinge, na Muinge

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

© 2000-2003 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.0, updated 21 August 2003

Descriptive Bynames: na Moinge, na Muinge


"[of] the Long-hair"


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: 1585

Research Notes:

[Answering a question about the meaning of na Moinge:]
DIL s.v. mong: originally 'a lock or tuft of hair', later 'hair (collective), a head of hair', always of long and abundant hair, never of close-cropped hair. The genitive singular appears as both muinge and moinge; Dinneen gives muinge as the standard modern form, but it's clear that moinge survived at least to the end of the 16th c. I'd use na Moinge with a note that na Muinge is also correct.

(You've also seen the word in the names Mongán and Mongfind, both in OCM.) [email from Talan Gwynek - 21 Aug 2003]


Further information about the byname na Moinge, na Muinge, 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]
AnnalsEntryContextCitation (formatting preserved)
[Conchobhar na Moinge mac Uilliam Caoich mhic Dhiarmada Uí Mhaoil Riain]
EM1585.8Conchobhar na Moinge, mac Uilliam Chaoích, mic Diarmata Uí Mhaoil Riain tigherna Uaitne Uí Mhaoil Riain ["Conor-na-Moinge of the Long Hair, son of William Caech, son of Dermot O'Mulryan, Lord of Uaithne-Ui-Mhaoilriain"]

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