Index of Names in Irish Annals: Derbáil / Dearbháil

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

© 2000-2008 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.5, updated 26 March 2008

Feminine Given Names: Derbáil / Dearbháil


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: 15
Found in Years: 929, 931, 1009, 1012, 1013, 1088, 1101, 1116, 1167, 1180, 1290, 1294, 1312, 1335, 1336, 1338, 1339, 1340, 1343, 1361, 1364, 1367, 1419

Research Notes:


Further information about the name Derbáil, 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. 929-931)
UU931.4Der bFail ingin Mael Finnia m. Flannacain, regina Temrach
BM929.13Derbhail, inghen Maoil Finnia rioghain Teamhra
(d. 1009)
BM1009.10Dearbhail, inghen Taidhg, mic Cathail
U3CS1009Derbail ingen Taidg meic Catail
(d. 1012-1013)
BM1012.5Derbhail, inghen Conghalaigh, mic Maoile Mithigh, inghen righ Ereann
U3CS1013Derbail ingen Congalaigh meic Maoilmithidh ingen righ Erenn
(d. 1088)
BM1088.11Derbhail, inghen h-Ui Mailsechnaill
(d. 1101)
BM1101.10Dearbhail, inghen Ui Maoileachlainn
(d. 1116)
UU1116.7Derbail ingen Toirrdelbaigh H. Briain
BM1116.6Dearbhail inghen Toirrdhelbhaigh h-ui Briain
LCLC1116.8Derbáil, ingen Toirrdhealbaigh h-I Bríain
(d. 1167)
TT1167.1Derbail ingen Domnaill h-Úi MailShechlainn
BM1167.14Dearbhail inghen Donnchaidh Uí Maoil Sechlainn
(d. 1180)
Clyear 1180 (p. 214)Dervaile daughter of o'Melaghlen and wife of Randalphe mcCoghlan, mcCoghlans sonne [Note: 17th C translation.]
(d. 1290-1294)
U2U1290.10Derbail ingen Taidhg mic (Cathail Mic) Diarmata
Co1294.9Derbail ingen Taidc Meic Diarmata
CM1294.4inghen Taidg mic Cathail Meic Diarmata
LCLC1294.8Derbhail, inghen Taidhg mic Cathail Mic Diarmada
(d. 1312)
Co1312.7Derbail ingen Magnusa h. Conchobair
LCLC1312.6Derbhail, ingen Mhaghnusa h-I Conchobair
(d. 1335-1338)
U2U1335.5Derbhail ingen Cathail Mic Murchaidh, ben Donnchadha mic Aedha Oíg
Co1338.6Derbail ingen Chathail Meic Murchada ben Dondchada meic Aeda Oic
CM1338.8Derbhail inghen Cathail Meic Murchadha ben Donnchaid meic Aedha Óig
LCLC1338.6Derbail inghen Chathail mic Murchada, ben Dondchaidh mic Aeda oic
(d. 1340-1343)
U2U1336.4Derbail ingen Aedha Ui Domnaill
Co1339.7Derbail ingen Aedo h. Domnaill
CM1339.5Derbhail inghean Aodha Uí Domhnaill
LCLC1339.6Derbail inghen Aeda .H. Dhomhnaill
Clyear 1339 (p. 293)The Daughter of terlaugh o'Bryan late wife to the earle of Ulsters sone was taken to wife by terlaugh o'Conor, & put away his owne wife, the lady Deruaile, Hugh o'Donnells Daughter. [Note: 17th C translation.]
U2U1340.2Derbail ingen Ui Domnaill
Co1343.4Derbail ingen Aeda h. Domnaill
CM1343.6Derbháil inghen Aedha Uí Domhnaill
LCLC1343.3Derbhail inghen Aeda .H. Domhnaill
(d. 1361-1364)
CU1361.5Derbail ingen in espoic Ui Domnaill, ben Meg Uidhir (idon, Aedha Ruaidh Meg Uidhir)
CM1364.2Derbail ingean Uí Dhomhnaill ben Mhég Uidhir
(d. 1364-1367)
U2U1364.10ben Ui Ruairc Moir [unrelated] idon, Dirbail, ingen Mailruanaigh Moir Mic Diarmata
Co1367.8Derbail ingen Maelruanaid Moir Meic Diarmata ben Ualgairc h. Ruairc
LC2LC1367.7Derbhail inghean Mael Ruanaigh Moir Mic Diarmada, ben Ualghairg .H. Ruairc
CM1367.5Dearbháil inghean Maol Ruanaidh Móir Meic Diarmada ben Ualgaircc Uí Ruairc
Clyear 1367 (p. 303)The Lady Dervorgill[sic], Daughter of Mulronye More mcDermott, some type prince of Moylog, Died. shee was wife of Ualgarck o'Rork. [Note: 17th C translation.]
(d. 1419)
Co1419.34Derbail ingen ind Oifestel Moir Meic Murcertaig uxur h. Dalaig Mide

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