Index of Names in Irish Annals: Names of Foreign Women

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

© 2000-2008 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.6, updated 26 March 2008

Feminine Given Names: Names of Foreign Women

A number of non-Gaelic women are referenced in the annals. I have listed them below.

Margaret, Queen of Scotland, was born in Hungary of Anglo-Saxon descent. Though she later became queen of Scotland, she was not of Gaelic heritage. All of Margaret's children, both sons and daughters, were given non-Gaelic names. For that reason (since these names cannot be viewed as indicative of the Gaelic population in general), I have listed Margaret's daughter Mary in the list of names on this page, rather than in the page on the name Máire.

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.

Ethelfleda, Queen of the Saxons (d. 917-918)

AnnalsEntryCitation (formatting preserved)
UU918.5Eithilfleith, famosissima regina Saxonum
Clyear 917 (p. 146)Adalvleih Queen of the Saxons [Note: 17th C translation.]

Margaret, wife of Malcolm III Canmore, King of Scotland (d. 1092-1093)

AnnalsEntryCitation (formatting preserved)
TT1093.4Margarita, ben Mail Colaim
UU1093.5A righan imorro .i. Margareta ["His queen, Margaret"]
CSCS1093Margarita ben Maoil Coluim
Clyear 1092 (p. 185)Margarett Queen of Scottland [Note: 17th C translation.]

Mary, daughter of Malcolm III Canmore, King of Scotland and his wife Margaret (d. 1118)

AnnalsEntryCitation (formatting preserved)
UU1118.5Maria ingen Mail Coluim ingen righ Alban ben righ Saxan
LCLC1118.5Maria, ingen Maoil Coluim .i. ingen rí Alban, ben rí Saxan

Elizabeth of York, Queen of England

U3U1503.6Ben righ Saxan d'h-eg in bliadhain-si, .i. ingin Cing Edbard & Isibel a h-ainm: ben do bo mó deirc & daenacht o Eadail co h-Erinn. ["The wife of the king of the Saxons died this year: to wit, the daughter of king Edward IV. and Isibel was her name; a woman that was of the greatest charity and humanity from Italy to Ireland."]

Mary I, Queen of England

AnnalsEntryCitation (formatting preserved)
EM1553.1Queene Mary
EM1553.8M-banríoghain Queen Maria

Elizabeth I, Queen of England

AnnalsEntryCitation (formatting preserved)
EM1558.8Queene Elizabeth
EM1583.29an Prionnsa Elisabeth
FM1595.11bainrioghna Elisabeth
FM1602.21bainríoghna Elizabeth

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