Index of Names in Irish Annals: Brian

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

© 2000-2002 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.3, updated 05 November 2002

Masculine Given Names: Brian


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 men found in the annals with this name: 45
Found in Years: 925, 941, 975, 976, 978, 981, 982, 983, 992, 998, 999, 1002, 1003, 1004, 1005, 1008, 1009, 1010, 1013, 1014, 1023, 1027, 1028, 1029, 1067, 1118, 1151, 1258, 1267, 1269, 1311, 1325, 1341, 1345, 1437, 1445, 1449, 1457, 1459, 1461, 1466, 1473, 1476, 1477, 1484, 1487, 1488, 1496, 1497, 1504, 1505, 1509, 1510, 1512, 1516, 1517, 1532, 1578, 1582

Research Notes:


Further information about the name Brian, 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.

Special factors which may affect name usage are marked in the context column.

ANindicates a member of an Anglo-Norman family
ASindicates an Anglo-Saxon
Nindicates a Norseman
Pindicates a Pict
Rindicates a person holding a religious office
Sindicates 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 , e, in the entries below) sometimes represents e and sometimes ea depending upon the context of the text.

AnnalsEntryContextCitation (formatting preserved)
(d. 1003-1004)
UU1004.3Brian m. Mael Ruanaig
BM1003.8Brian, mac Maol Ruanaidh, tigherna Iarthair Connacht
(b. 925 or 941, d. 1013-1014)
BM925.5Brian, mac Cinnedigh
UU941.2Briain mc. Cennetigh [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
UU978.2Brian m. Cennetigh
BM975.8Bhrian, mac Cinneidigh
BM976.4Bhrian, mac Cindeidigh
BM976.9m-Brian, mac Ceinnéittigh
BM981.10Brian, mac Ceinnéittigh
BM982.8Brian mac Ceinnéittigh
BM983.9Brian, mac Ceinneittigh
BM992.16Brian, mac Cindéidigh
BM998.11Brian, mac Cindeittigh
TT999.3Brían mac Cendétigh
UU999.8Brian, ri Caisil
BM999.10Brian, mac Cinneittigh
BM1002.1Bhriain, mac Cindéittigh, mic Lorcáin
BM1004.9Brian, mac Cindeidigh
BM1005.7Brian, mac Cinnéittigh
UU1009.8Dub Chablaig ingen righ Connacht, .i. ben Briain m. Ceinneitigh
BM1008.5Dubhchoblaigh, inghen righ Connacht, ben Bhriain, mic Cinneittigh
BM1010.12Domhnall, mac Briain, mic Cindeidigh, mac righ Ereann
UU1014.2Brian m. Cenneitigh m. Lorcain, la righ n-Erenn
BM1013.11Brian, mac Cinneittigh, mic Lorcáin, lá rígh Ereann
UU1014.2Brian m. Cenneitigh ardrí Gaidhel Erenn & Gall & Bretan
BM1013.11Brian mac Cindéittigh, áirdrí Erenn
UU1014.2Briain righ Erenn
BM1014.1Bhriain, mic Cinneittigh
BM1023.6Tadhg, mac Briain, mic Cindeittigh
(d. 1028)
UU1028.3Brian H. Concobair
BM1028.10Brian ua Conchobhair
(d. 1029)
UU1029.3Brian H. Concobair, ridomna Connacht
TT1027.10Brian mac Cathail h-Úi Concobuir, rígdamna Connacht
BM1029.3Brian ua Concobhair ríoghdhamhna Connacht
(d. ?)
BM1067.8Brian Ua n-Eaghra
(d. 1118)
TT1118.2Brían mac Murchada, rí Tuadhmuman
(d. 1151)
BM1151.3Brian Cléireach, mac Taidhg Ui Maol Ruanaidh
(d. 1258)
CM1258.13Brian Macc Samhradháin tighearna Theallaigh Eachdach
(d. 1267)
CM1267.3Brian mac Toirrdhealbhaigh mic Ruaidhri Ui Concobhair
(d. 1269)
CM1269.4Brian mac Domhnaill Duibh Ui Eaghra
(d. 1311)
Co1311.16Brian Mag Mathgamna ri Orgiall
(d. 1325)
Co1325.6Brian h. Gadra
(d. 1341)
Co1341.6Briain h. Flainn taisech Tellaig Curnan
(d. 1345)
Co1345.3.Brian h. Fergail degadbur taisig na hAngaili
(d. 1437)
MCB1MCB1437.1Brian Ballach mac Muirceartaigh mic Henri mic Briain mic Aeda Buide I Neill
(d. 1445)
DM1445.5Mac Gille Finnéin, .i. Brian taoíseach Muintire Peodachain ["Mac Gillafinnen, i.e. Brian, Chief of Muintir-Pheodachain"]
(d. 1449)
DM1449.3Brian ócc Ó Néill
(d. 1457)
DM1457.4Brian mac Muirceartaigh óicc Ui Fearghail tighearna Cloinne h-Amhlaoibh Ui Fearghail
(d. 1457)
DM1457.1Brian mac Pilib na Tuaighe Mhég Uidir mac tighearna Fear Manach
(d. 1459)
DM1459.4O Birn, Brian, toíseach Thire Briúin
(d. 1461)
DM1461.5Mac Cathmaoil .i. Brian tighearna Cenél Feradhaigh
(d. 1466)
DM1466.6Brian Dubh mac Taidhcc Uí Concobhair
(d. 1466)
DM1466.3Brian mac Amhlaoibh Meg Uidir cenn a aicme fein, & tighearna Cloinne h-Amlaoibh
(d. 1466)
DM1466.1RBrian mac Giolla Pattraicc Meg Uidhir abb Leasa Gabhail ["Brian, the son of Gillapatrick Maguire, Abbot of Lisgool"]
(d. 1473)
DM1473.24Brian mac Roibeird Mec Aedhaccáin ollamh Uí Concobhair Dhuinn & Uí Ainlighi
(d. 1476)
DM1476.13Brian mac Fergail Ruaidh Uí Uiccinn cend a fhine fein oide sgol Ereann & Alban lé dán ["Brian, the son of Farrell Roe O'Higgin, head of his own tribe, superintendent of the schools of Ireland, and preceptor in poetry"]
(d. 1477)
DM1477.4Brian mac Conchobhair óig Meg Uidhir
(d. 1484)
DM1484.14Brian Ruadh mac Cathail mic Eoghain mic Seain Uí Raighilligh
(d. 1487)
Co1487.6Brian mac Eoghain meic Nell Oig hI Neill
(d. 1488)
DM1488.13Brian mac Aedha Buidhe mic Briain Bhallaigh Uí Neill
(d. 1488)
DM1488.6Mag Aongasa, .i. Brian mac Airt
(d. 1496)
DM1496.7O Dochartaigh (Brian mac Domhnaill)
(d. 1497)
DM1497.12Brian mac Con Uladh mic Aodha mic Eoccain mic Neill óicc Uí Neill
(d. 1497)
DM1497.22Mac Donnchaidh an Chorainn, Brian mac Maol Ruanaidh mic Tomaltaigh
(d. 1504)
EM1504.8Brian mac Meg Uidhir (Sean mac Pilip)
(d. 1505)
EM1505.13Brian Ócc mac Briain mic Domhnaill Chaim Uí Uiccinn
(d. 1509)
EM1509.1Brian mac Taidhcc Mheg Uinnsennáin officel Clochair
(d. 1510)
EM1510.3Brian Ruadh mac Domhnaill mic Aodha U´ Neill
(d. 1512)
EM1512.18Brian mac Domhnaill Taidhcc mic Toirrdhealbhaigh
(d. 1512)
EM1512.14Mac Még Uidhir Brian mac Émainn mic Tomais
(d. 1516)
EM1516.14Mac Conmidhe Brian Ócc mac Briain Ruaidh
(d. 1517)
EM1517.1O Conchobhair Failghe Brian mac Taidhcc mic An Chalbhaicch
(d. 1532)
EM1532.7RComharba Fhíodhnacha .i. Brian
(d. 1578)
EM1578.17Brian mac Cathaoír Chaomhánaicch, mic Airt, mic Diarmatta Laimhdercc
(d. 1582)
EM1582.38Ma Con Midhe Brian Dorcha

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