by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (Kathleen M. O'Brien)
© 2000-2008 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.4, updated 02 July 2008
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:
|Middle Irish Gaelic (c900-c1200) nominative form:||Cú Mara|
|Middle Irish Gaelic (c900-c1200) genitive form:||Con Mara|
|Early Modern Irish Gaelic (c1200-c1700) nominative form:||Cú Mhara|
|Early Modern Irish Gaelic (c1200-c1700) genitive form:||Con Mhara|
|Number of men found in the annals with this name:||12|
|Found in Years:||1030, 1048, 1099, 1135, 1142, 1159, 1227, 1377, 1379, 1459, 1466, 1483, 1486|
OCM (p. 64 s.n. Cú Mara) says that this name means: "'hound of the sea'".
Further information about the name Cú Mara / Cú Mhara, may be found in:
The Sources page lists the Annals referenced below. Information about secondary sources is 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. 1030) U U1030.8 Cú Mhara m. Mc. Liag, ard-ollam Erenn T T1030.14 Cú Mara mac Maic Líag LC LC1030.9 Cú Mhara mac Mic Liag, ard-ollam Erenn B M1030.17 Cu Mara mac Mic Liacc, ard-ollamh Ereann T T1048.8 Mac Con Mara h-úa Maic Líag I I1048.2 Mc. Con Mara B M1048.11 Mac Con Mara h-ua Mic Liacc [Cú Mara mac Domnaill] (d. ?) I I1099.3 Murchad mc. Con Mara mc. Domnaill B M1099.13 Mac Con Mara, mac Domhnaill, tigherna Ua c-Caisín LC LC1135.7 Cú Mhara [unrelated] mac Conmara mic Domnaill, rí .H. Caissín MCB1 MCB1135.2 Cu Mara Mor mac Mic Con Mara, ri O Caisin B M1135.16 Cu Mara mac Con Mhara mic Domhnaill, tigherna Ua c-Caisín [Cú Mara] (d. ?) MCB1 MCB1135.2 Cian mac Donnchadha Duinn mic Con Mara mic Brodcon, ri O n-Eathac [Cú Mara mac Con Mara meic Domnaill] (d. 1135) T T1135.7 Cu Mara Mór LC LC1135.7 Cú Mhara [unrelated] mac Conmara mic Domnaill, rí .H. Caissín MCB1 MCB1135.2 Cu Mara Mor mac Mic Con Mara, ri O Caisin B M1135.16 Cu Mara mac Con Mhara mic Domhnaill, tigherna Ua c-Caisín [Cú Mara Becc] (d. ?) CS CS1142 Coin Mara mhac mhic Con Mara B M1142.10 lá tigherna Ua c-Caissin .i. Cú Mara Becc  (d. 1159) B M1159.13 Cú Mara Ua Cumráin [Cú Mhara Ua Domnalláin] (d. 1227) Co 1227.12 Cu Mara h. Domnallain [Cú Mhara Mac Con Mhara] (d. 1377-1379) U3 U1379.8 Cu Mara Mac Conmara, .i. taisech Clainne Cuilen Co 1377.4 Mac Con Mara .i. Cu Mara LC2 LC1377.3 Mac Con Mara .i. Cu Mara [Cú Mhara Mac Con Mhara] (d. 1459) D M1459.2 Cu Mhara Mac Con Mara  (d. 1466) U3 U1466.12 Cu Mara (.i. in Gilla Gruamda), mac Alaxandair, mic Somairle Mic Caba ["Cu-Mara (namely, the Gloomy Gillie), son of Alexander, son of Somairle Mac Caba"] [Cú Mhara mac Uilliam Uí Fearghail] (d. 1483) U3 U1483.8 O Ferghail [unrelated] .i. Cu Mhara, mac Uilliam h-Ui Ferghail D M1483.3 O Ferghail, .i. Cú Mara [Cú Mhara Mac Con Mhara] (d. 1486) D M1486.6 Cu Mara Mac Con Mara
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