Index of Names in Irish Annals: Eithne

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

© 2000-2008 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.4, updated 26 March 2008

Feminine Given Names: Eithne


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: 6
Found in Years: 763, 768, 773, 778, 790, 792, 795, 916, 917, 918, 948, 951, 953, 1009, 1015, 1016

Research Notes:


Further information about the name Eithne, 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. 763-768)
UU768.5Eithne ingen Bresail Bregh, regina regum Temhorie
AM763.8Eithne, inghen Bresail Bregh, ben rí Temhrach
(d. 773-778)
UU778.11Eithni ingen Cinadhon
AM773.7Ethne, inghen Cianadon
(d. 790-795)
UU795.1regina eius, Eithne ingin Domnaill Midhe
AM790.7Eithne, inghen Domhnaill Midhigh
AM790.7Eithne, inghen Domhnaill Midhigh
Clyear 792 (p. 127)Bran king of Leinster & his wife Eihnie Daughter of Donell of Mieth, Queen of Leinster [Note: 17th C translation.]
(d. 916-918)
BM916.8Eithne, inghen Aodha, mic Néill, rioghan Fer m-Bregh
CSCS918Eithne ingen Aodha meic Nell rigan ffer mBreg
Clyear 917 (p. 146)Eihinge, daughter of king Hugh mcNeale Queen of Moybrey [Note: 17th C translation.]
(d. 948-953)
BM951.15Eithne, inghen Ferghaile, banrioghan Ereann, ben Congalaigh, mic Maoil Mithigh
CSCS953Eithne ben Congalaigh meic Maoilmithidh .i. ingen Fergaile airdrigh Erenn
Clyear 948 (p. 156)Eihne daughter of Ferall, Queene of Ireland and wife of king Congalagh [Note: 17th C translation.]
(d. 1009-1016)
UU1016.2REithne ingin H. Suairt comarba Brigte
BM1015.5REithne, inghen uí Suairt, comharba Bríghde
Clyear 1009 (p. 169)REihne (o'Suartes daughter), abbesse of Kildare [Note: 17th C translation.]

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