by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (Kathleen M. O'Brien)
© 2000-2006 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.0, updated 23 June 2006
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:
|Oghamic Irish (pre-700) nominative form:||[unknown]|
|Oghamic Irish (pre-700) genitive form:||[unknown]|
|Old Irish Gaelic (c700-c900) nominative form:||Bran|
|Old Irish Gaelic (c700-c900) genitive form:||Brain|
|Middle Irish Gaelic (c900-c1200) nominative form:||Bran|
|Middle Irish Gaelic (c900-c1200) genitive form:||Brain|
|Early Modern Irish Gaelic (c1200-c1700) nominative form:||Bran|
|Early Modern Irish Gaelic (c1200-c1700) genitive form:||Brain|
|Number of men found in the annals with this name:||42|
|Found in Years:||596, 666, 667, 669, 670, 671, 680, 690, 693, 695, 710, 712, 715, 717, 721, 722, 727, 728, 730, 733, 738, 740, 751, 755, 760, 765, 770, 782, 790, 795, 800, 805, 813, 814, 818, 831, 833, 834, 835, 837, 838, 839, 843, 857, 860, 868, 870, 874, 875, 885, 948, 954, 961, 965, 970, 974, 976, 1040, 1041, 1043, 1044, 1091, 1110, 1154, 1361, 1364, 1373, 1406, 1435|
Further information about the name Bran, may be found in:
The Sources page lists the Annals referenced below. Information on secondary sources are included on that page as well.
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.
Special factors which may affect name usage are marked in the context column.
|AN||indicates a member of an Anglo-Norman family|
|AS||indicates an Anglo-Saxon|
|N||indicates a Norseman|
|P||indicates a Pict|
|R||indicates a person holding a religious office|
|S||indicates a person from Scotland|
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 Medieval Scotland | Medieval Names Archive | Index of Names in Irish Annals Kathleen M. O'Brien's articles are hosted by Medieval Scotland, which is published by Sharon L. Krossa (contact). Shopping online? How you can support this site.
Annals Entry Context Citation (formatting preserved) (d. 596) U U596.3 filiorum Aedain, .i. Brain & Domangairt T T596.2 filiorum Aedan .i. Bran & Domungort & Eochaid Fínd & Artur (d. 666-671) A M666.4 Bran Fionn, mac Maoile Ochtraicch, toiseach na n-Déisi Mumhan U U670.5 Brain Finn m. Maele Fothartaigh T T667.3 Brain Fínd maic Mail Ochtraigh .i. rí na n-Dese Muman CS CS667 Brain Finn meic Maeilectraig ri na n-Desi Muman A M669.6 Bran Find, mac Maele Fothartaigh U U671.3 Bran Finn m. Maele Octraich T T671.3 Bran Find mac Mail ochtraigh, rí na n-Deisse Muman CS CS670 Brain Fhind meic Maelifoturtaigh CS CS671 Bran Fionn mac Maeloctraigh A M669.2 Bran Fionn, mac Maoile Ochtraich, toisech na n-Déisi Mumhan (d. 690-695) T T680.6 Bran mac Conaill ri Laigen U U695.5 Brain m. Conaill Bicc T T690.5 Bran mac Conaill, rí Laigen CS CS690 Bran mac Conaill rí Laigen (d. 690-693) U U693.2 Bran nepos Faelaen, rex Lagenentium T T693.3 Bran h-ua Faelain rí Laigen CS CS693 Bran nepos Faeláin rex Lagnensium A M690.3 Bran ua Faolain, rí Laighen (d. 710-712) U U712.9 Bran nepos Maele Duin T T712.6 Bran nepos Maile Duín A M710.6 Bran ua Maoil Dúin (d. 725) U U725.5 Brain Muimnigh (d. 721-727) U U715.4 Murchada m. Brain A M717.8 Murchadh, mac Brain U U721.6 Murchad m. Brain T T722.7 Murchadh mac m-Brain, ríg Laigen CS CS721 [CS722?] Murchadh mac Brain rí Laigen A M721.11 Murchadh, mac Brain, rí Laighen U U727.7 Murchad m. Brain, rex Laginensium U U728.2 .ii. germanos filios Murchadho m. Brain & Dunchad senior iugulatus, iunior Felanus regnat. ["two brothers, the sons of Murchad son of Bran; and Dúnchad the elder having been killed, Faelán, the younger, reigns."] A M722.4 da mac Murchadha, mic Brain U U738.1 Faelan nepos Brain, Laginensium rex ["Faelán grandson of Bran, king of Laigin"] A M733.5 Faolan, mac Brain, rí Laighen U U760.5 Muiredaigh nepotis Brain regis Lagen A M755.7 Muireadhach, mac Murchadha, no ua Brain, ri Laighen (d. ?) U U727.9 Conghal m. Brain T T727.6 Congail, mac Brain A M721.15 Congal, mac Brain (d. 730) U U730.4 Bran filius Eugain (d. ?) T T733.4 Branchu mac Brain A M728.3 Branchoin, mac Brain (d. 733-738) U U738.4 Bran Becc m. Murchadho T T738.4 Bran Becc mac Murchadha A M733.4 Bran Becc mac Murchadha, an dara righ T T738.7 Bran Becc mac Murchada A M733.8 Bran Bricc mac Murchadha (d. 740) U U740.8 sancti Brain Lainne Ela ["the holy Bran of Lann Ela"] T T740.6 sancti Brain Lainni h-Eala (d. 751) U U751.6 Bran m. Beth Betri (d. 751) T T751.8 Bran mac Duib Sleibi, ab Cluana Eóiss (d. ?) U U770.7 Cennselach m. Brain A M765.13 Cennsealach, mac Brain (d. 790-795) U U795.1 Bran Arddcenn rex Lagenentium A M790.7 Bran Airdchend, rí Laighen U U805.7 Muiredach m. Brain A M800.16 Muireadhach, mac Brain U U814.8 filii Brain ["Bran's sons"] U U818.1 Muiredhach m. Brain, leith-ri Laigen ["Muiredach son of Bran, one of two kings of Laigin"] U CS818 Muiredhach mac Brain leithrí Laigen A M813.6 Muireadhach, mac Brain, lethri Laighen (d. ?) U U782.3 Bran m. Muiredaigh U U782.3 Bran (d. ?) A M831.6 Cellach mac Brain U U833.6 Ceallach m. Brain U U834.3 Ceallach m. Brain ri Laighen CS CS834 Ceallach mac Brain rí Laigen A M833.6 Ceallach, mac Brain, rí Laighen (d. 837-838) U U838.1 R Bran Finglaisi episcopus & scriba A M837.6 R Bran Fionnghlaisi, epscop & scribhnidh (d. 834-838) U U835.1 Bran m. Faelan U U838.10 Bran m. Faelain, rex Laigen CS CS838 Bran mac Faolain rí Laiccen A M834.6 Bran mac Faeláin U U870.2 Muiredhach m. Brain U U875.2 Muiredach m. Brain U U885.9 Muiredhach m. Brain, rex Laginensium & princeps Cille Dara CS CS885 Muiredach mac Brain rí Laighen A M860.6 Ruarc, mac Brain, rí Laighen (d. 839) U U839.9 Bran m. Oengussa (d. 857) CS CS857 Bran mac Scanlain ri Gabrain (d. ?) A M843.16 Fearghal, mac Brain, mic Maeile Tuile, mic Tuathail, tighearna Muscraighe (d. ?) A M868.15 Bran mac Muireadhaigh (d. ?) A M874.13 Reachtabhra, mac Brain Fhind, tighearna na n-Déisi (d. ?) B M948.12 Oenghus, mac Brain, saccart, & sruith-senoir Cluana Mic Nóis (d. 954) U U954.8 Bran m. Domnaill, rí Ceniuil Loeghaire Bregh (d. ?) B M961.2 Fothadh, mac Brain, scribhnidh & espucc Insi Alban (d. ?) B M970.9 Madadhán, mac Brain (d. ?) B M970.10 Finn, mac Brain (d. ?) B M965.18 mac Brain tigerna Deasmhumhan U U976.1 Mael Muaidh m. m-Brain CS CS976 Maelmuad mac Brain T T976.2 Mael Muadh mac Brain B M974.9 Maol Mhuaidh, mac Brain, tigherna Desmumhan (d. ?) CS CS976 Dunchadh mac Brain (d. ?) B M1040.6 Echtigherna, mac Brain, tigherna Breghmhaine (d. ?) CS CS1047 dha mac Brain meic Maoilmordha T T1041.8 mac Brain maic Mail Morda (d. ?) T T1043.4 Cellach mac m-Brain (d. ?) T T1044.6 Murchadh mac Brain, ri h-Úa Faelan B M1044.15 Murchadh, mac Brain, tigherna Ua Faeláin (d. 1091) B M1091.9 Bran Ua Caindelbháin (d. 1110) U U1110.11 Bran H. Bruic senoir Iarmumhan B M1110.5 Bran Ua Bruic, senóir Iarmúmhan (d. ?) B M1154.9 mac Muircheartaigh mic Brain Ui Fhearghail (d. 1364) U2 U1361.9 Bran h-Ua Brain, saí timpanaigh Co 1364.10 Bran h. Brain sai timpanaig ["Bran O Brain, a skilful tympanist"] LC2 LC1364.9 Bran .H. Brain, sai timpanaigh (d. 1373) U2 U1373.9 Bran h-Ua Braín, rí h-Ua Faelan, cenn beodhachta & einigh na Laighnech (d. 1406) Co 1406.2 Bran h. Brain damna rig h. Faelan LC2 LC1406.1 Bran .H. Brain damhna rig .H. Faelan (d. 1435) D M1435.5 Bran O Broin adbar tighearna Criche Branach
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