Index of Names in Irish Annals: Síle

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

© 2000-2010 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.6, updated 28 February 2010

Feminine Given Names: Síle


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:

Note: See also Sisuile. I have listed these names separately because I could find no instances of a single person being referenced by both a Síle form and a Sisuile form.

Frequency & Dates:

Number of women found in the annals with this name: 12
Found in Years: 1471, 1473, 1485, 1486, 1489, 1491, 1499, 1521, 1530, 1531, 1544, 1582, 1589

Research Notes:

FM, under the year 1471, has a footnote that says:

This name is usually anglicised Sheela, and thought to be an ancient Irish proper name of a woman; but it does not appear to have been in use among the Irish previous to the English invasion, nor much till the fourteenth century. It is a mere hibernicised form of Celia, or Cecilia, or, as the French write it, Cécile. (FM vol. 4, p. 1074, footnote "i").

It is important to note that this footnote was written in the 19th century. As a result, the assuptions it discusses date to that time.


Further information about the name Síle, 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. 1473)
U3U1473.7ANSile, ingen Rughraide Meg Mathgamna
(d. 1485)
DM1485.6ANSile inghen mec Siurtáin ben Ricaird a Burc baincheann ban Connacht
(d. 1486)
DM1486.21Sile inghen Aodha mic Uilliam Uí Ceallaigh ben Uí Mhadadháin
(d. 1489)
DM1489.41Síle ingean Diarmata an Dúnaidh Meg Carthaigh ben Toirrdhealbhaigh Ui Bhriain
(d. 1491)
U3U1491.7Sile, ingen Toirrdhelbaigh Ui Raghalligh, ben Glaisne, mic Remainn Meg Mathgamna
(d. 1499)
U3U1499.11Sile, ingen an Espuic Meg Uidhir, .i. Ros Espuc
(d. 1521)
DM1471.15Sile ingen Uí Domnaill, .i. Niall Garb, ben Neill mic Airt Uí Neill
U3U1471.1Sile, ingen Neill Gairb Ui Domnaill, bean Neill, mic Airt Ui Neill ["Sile, daughter of Niall Ua Domnaill the Rough, wife of Niall, son of Art Ua Neill"]
EM1521.9Síle inghen Néill Ghairbh Uí Domhnaill
(d. 1530)
Co1530.21Sile inghen h. Fhallamhain ben Cairbre h. Birnn ["Sile Celia, daughter of O'Fallon, and wife of Carbry, son of the Prior"]
LC2LC1530.20Síle ingen h-I Fallamain uxor Cairbri mic in prióra h-I Birn
(d. 1531)
Co1531.12Sile Óc ingen Cairbre h. Birnn
LC2LC1531.11Síle ingen Chairbre h-I Birn
(d. 1544)
EM1544.7Sile ingen Magnusa I Domhnaill (ben-sidhe Uí Bhaoighill Domhnall)
(d. 1582)
LC2LC1582.38Síli ingen I Domnaill [unrelated, an ben do bí ag Tadg Og mac Taidg mic Aedha ["Síle, daughter of O'Domhnaill, the wife of Tadhg Og, son of Tadhg, son of Aedh"]
(d. 1589)
LC2LC1589.45Ingen I Falluin .i. Sile ingen Cobhuigh, in ben do bhith ag Cedach mac Domnaill I Ceallaigh ["O'Fallon's daughter, i.e., Celia, daughter of Cobhthach, the wife of Cedach, son of Domhnall O'Cellaigh"]

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