Index of Names in Irish Annals: Aibhilín, Eibhilín

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

© 2000-2009 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.6, updated 07 July 2009

Feminine Given Names: Aibhilín, Eibhilín


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 women found in the annals with this name: 7
Found in Years: 1498, 1508, 1510, 1524, 1549, 1560, 1583

Research Notes:

[Answering a question about standardized forms of this given name:]

In poetry I found

"/pub/celt/texts/G402090.txt"; Line 539: 154] mar deir mé, a mheic Aibhilín;

"/pub/celt/texts/G402090.txt"; Line 559: 164] do chrú an Iarla is Aibhilín.

"/pub/celt/texts/G402097.txt"; Line 813: 268] a úireala, a Aibhilín.

"/pub/celt/texts/G402097.txt"; Line 815: 269] A Aibhilín nar éar sgoil

"/pub/celt/texts/G402091.txt"; Line 505: 142] is é oidhre Eibhilín,

I didn't find any examples without the i before l, though, but I did find things like Eibhlinne in the names of battles and a sliabh (can't recall what that means atm), which don't look like they are related to the woman's name, but even so suggest that the spelling Eibhlin for the woman's name seems reasonable (for example, no problem with there being no examples of -bhl-). [email from Effrick neyn Kenneoch - 13 Sep 2001]

Note from Mari - sliabh refers to a mountain.


Further information about the name Aibhilín, Eibhilín 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. 1498)
U3U1498.1Aibhilin, ingen Mic Mhaghnusa, .i. ingen Cathail Oig, idon ben Pilib, mic Emaind Meg Uidhir (.i. Mag Uidhir)
(d. 1508)
EM1508.22Aibhilin inghen Uí Chatháin (.i. Tomas), ben Eoghain Rúaidh meic Uí Neill
(d. 1510)
Co1510.8Aibhilin ingen Nell Oig h. Uiginn ben I Duibhgendain
(d. 1524)
Co1524.20Aibhilin ingen Ridire an Glenna ben h. Conchobair Ciarraighe
LC2LC1524.15Aibhilín ingen Ridire in Ghlenna, ben h-I Conchobair Chiarraidhe
EM1524.15Aibhilín inghen Ridire an Ghleanna, ben I Conchobhair Ciarraighe
U3U1524.14Ben Uí Concobuir Ciarraidhi, .i. Aibhilín, ingen Ridere an Ghlenda, ben t-shona, t-saidhbir & einich coitcenn ["The wife of O'Concobuir Kerry, namely, Eveleen, daughter of the Knight of the Glen, a woman prosperous, wealthy, and of general hospitality"]
(d. 1549)
EM1549.2Aibhilín inghen I Domhnaill ben Uí Baoighill Toirrdhealbhach
(d. 1560)
EM1560.1Inghen Meg Carthaigh .i. Aibhilín inghen Domhnaill, mic Corbmaic Ladhraigh ben iarla Desmumhan
(d. 1583)
EM1583.16ANAn chonntaoís Do Róisti .i. Aibilin inghean Muiris, mic Dauit Do Roste ben iarla Tuadhmumhan (Donnchadh mac Conchobhair Uí Bhriain)

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