Index of Names in Irish Annals: Ben Mide / Bean Mhídhe

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

© 2000-2004 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.4, updated 02 January 2004

Feminine Given Names: Ben Mide / Bean Mhídhe


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 women found in the annals with this name: 9
Found in Years: 1137, 1176, 1214, 1215, 1269, 1382, 1385, 1415, 1422, 1478

Research Notes:


Further information about the name Ben Mide / Bean Mhídhe, 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.

AnnalsEntryContextCitation (formatting preserved)
(d. 1137)
BM1137.18Ben Mídhe, inghen Chonchobhair Uí Mhaoileachlainn
(d. 1176)
UU1176.2Bean Midhe, ingen Donnchadhah-Ui Cerbaill, ben Con Maighi h-Ui Fhlainn, rigan h-Ua Tuirtrí & Fer Lí
CM1176.5Benmidhe inghen Donnchadha Uí Cherbhaill, ben Chonmhaighe Ui Flainn, bainticcherna Ua t-Tuirtre & Fher Lí
LCLC1176.2Inghen rí Oirghiall, .i. Benmidhe ingen Donnchada I Cerbaill, ben Conmuidhe I Flaind, righan .H. Tuirtri & fer Lí
(d. 1214-1215)
U2U1215.2Bean Mídhe, ingen h-Ui Eignigh, ben Aedha h-Ui Neill, righ Ailigh
CM1214.3Benmidhe inghen Eccnigh ben Aodha Uí Neill baintighearna Oiligh
LCLC1214.13Benmhidhe ingen h-I Eicnich, .i. ben Oedha h-I Néill, .i. rí Oiligh
(d. 1269)
Co1269.6Ben Mide ingen Toirrdelbaig meic Ruaidri ben Maelmuri Meic Subne
CM1269.5Benmidhe inghean Toirrdhealbhaigh meic Ruaidhri, ben Maol Muire Meic Suibhne
LCLC1269.5Benmhidhe, ingen Toirrdhelbaigh mic Ruaidhri, .i. ben Maolmuire Mhic Shúibhne
(d. 1382)
CoU1382.11Bean Midhe, ingen Mic Maghnusa, .i. in Caillech Dubh ["Bean-Midhe, daughter of Mac Maghnusa, namely, the nun"]
(d. 1385)
Co1385.19Ben Midi ingen Meg Mathgamna ben h. Neill Moir
LC2LC1385.17Benmidi inghean Meg Mathgamhna, bean .H. Neill
DM1385.13Bean Mhidhe inghen Mécc Mhathgamhna ben Uí Neill
(d. 1415)
U3U1415.3Bean Midhe, ingen h-Ui Glennain, ben Gilla Tigernaigh Mic Gilla Martain
(d. 1422)
Co1422.4Ben Mide ingen Domnaill meic Murcertaig ben Tomas Baret
(d. 1478)
Co1478.26Ben Mide ingen Magnusa meic Briain h. Conchobair ben Meic Dondchada .i. Taidg mic Briain

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