Index of Names in Irish Annals: Seán (Seóan)

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

© 2000-2008 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.3, updated 08 March 2008

Masculine Given Names: Seán (Seóan)


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: 30
Found in Years: 1316, 1337, 1343, 1369, 1380, 1452, 1459, 1469, 1474, 1486, 1487, 1490, 1492, 1506, 1507, 1510, 1511, 1543, 1578, 1583, 1588, 1589, 1602

Research Notes:


Further information about the name Seán (Seóan), 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. ?)
CM1316.2Ferghal mac Seaain Gallda Uí Fherghail
(d. 1316)
CM1316.2Seaan mac Murchaidh Uí Madadháin
(d. 1337)
Co1337.5Seoan h. Fallamain dux Clainni hUatach
(d. 1343)
Co1343.16Seoan Mag Eoaid espacc Conmaicne
(d. 1369)
CM1369.13ANSeaan mac Emainn Mic Hoiberd
(d. ?)
DM1380.10Choncobhar óg mac Seaain mic Concobhair mic Aedha mic Domnaill óig
(d. 1452)
DM1452.9Sean Mac Donnchaidh leth-toiseach Ua n-Oilealla
(d. 1459)
DM1459.11Sean Cam mac Con Uladh Mec an Bhaird
(d. 1469)
DM1469.1RSean Buidhe mac Seain Moir Meg Craith comharba Tearmoinn Dabheócc
(d. 1474)
DM1474.18Sean mac Maoilechlainn Uí Feargail
(d. 1486)
DM1486.33Sean Buidhe mac Eoghain mic Néill óicc Uí Néill
(d. 1487)
DM1487.21Sean Mac an Airchinnigh cenn a fhine féin fear tighe aoidhedh coitcinn, & airchindeach Padraicc i n-Ail Finn ["John Mac-an-Airchinnigh, head of his own tribe, who had kept a house of general hospitality for strangers, and Erenagh of St. Patrick's at Elphin"]
(d. 1487)
Co1487.7Sean mac Concobair Meic Aodhagain
(d. 1490)
DM1490.16Ua h-Uiccinn Sean mac Fergail óicc priomh-shaoí Ereann lé dán ["O'Higgin, i.e. John, the son of Farrell Oge, Chief Poet of Ireland"]
(d. 1492)
DM1492.21Sean Buidhe mac Eoccain mic Rudhraighe mic Ardgail Meg Mathgamhna
[Seán mac Aibhne mhic Diarmada Uí Catháin] (d. ?)
DM1492.13Gofraidh, & Sean Gallda, dá mhac Sheain (.i. Ó Catháin) mic Aibhne mic Diarmada
[Seán Gallda mac Seáin mhicc Aibhne mhic Diarmada Uí Catháin] (d. 1492)
DM1492.13Gofraidh, & Sean Gallda, dá mhac Sheain (.i. Ó Catháin) mic Aibhne mic Diarmada
(d. 1506)
EM1506.1RSean Ó Fiaich oirchinneach ar trian Airidh Bhrosccaigh ["John O'Fiaich, Erenagh of the third part of Airech-Broscaigh Derrybrusk"]
(d. 1507)
EM1507.1RSeon Pauint epscop na Midhe brathair presediurlesidhe
(d. 1510)
EM1510.2O Raghallaigh Sean mac Cathail
(d. 1511)
EM1511.12Mac Donnchaidh Tíre h-Oilella Sean
(d. 1511)
EM1511.11O Dochartaigh Sean mac Domhnaill mic Conchobhair
(d. 1511)
EM1511.14Sean mac Emainn mic Tomáis Óig Mheg Uidhir
(d. ?)
EM1543.6mac Seain Bhallaigh mic Eoin
(d. 1578)
LC2LC1578.4Seathan mac Donnchada meg Uidir ["John, the son of Donnchadh Mag Uidhir"]
(d. 1583)
EM1583.6Sean Ócc mac Seain, mic Tomais iarla
(d. 1588)
LC2LC1588.30Seathan mac Maoilre Bhan mhic Uilliam Burc, mic Ricaird Oig
(d. 1589)
LC2LC1589.19Seathan Ruad mac Lochlainn mic Phadin .i. mac I Maoil Chonre
(d. ?)
LC2LC1589.51Seaan mac Meg Uidir ["John, the son of Mag Uidhir"]
LC2LC1589.51th-Shethan Mag Uidir ["John Mag Uidhir"]
(d. 1602)
FM1602.16Mac Conmara Fionn , Sean mac Taidhcc, mic Conmeadha

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