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

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

© 2000-2020 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.1, updated 20 March 2020

Descriptive Bynames: na nDomhnall


"[of] the Donnells"


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: 1328, 1366

Research Notes:

A footnote in FM, under the year 1366 discusses this byname:

Mageoghegan renders this 'Donnell of the Donnells.' He was probably so called from having many men of the name Donnell among his household. (FM vol. 3, p. 633, footnote "f").

Note: Domhnall is the genitive plural form of the masculine name Domhnall. So, that form is used in the byname na nDomhnall "[of] the Donnells" as it is genitive in construction and refers to multiple people named Domhnall. The genitive singular form Domhnaill is used in a simple patronymic byname such as mac Domhnaill "son [of] Domhnall".


Further information about the byname na nDomhnall, 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)
[Domhnall na nDomhnall] (d. 1328)
Co1366.4la mac Domnaill na nDomnall [NOte: this entry identifies Domhnall as being the brother of Cormac Dond Mag Carthaig.]
LC2LC1366.3mac Domhnaill na n-Domhnall [Note: this entry identifies Domhnall as being the brother of Cormac Dond Mag Carrthaigh.]
CM1328.25Domhnall na n-Domhnall
CM1366.4mac Domnaill na n-Domhnall
FMvol. 3, p. 632, 1366mac domnaill na ndom.nall
Clyear 1366 (pp. 302-303)Donell, sone of Donell of the Donells maCarthy [Note: 17th C translation.]

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