Index of Names in Irish Annals: Meadhbh

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

© 2000-2004 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.4, updated 04 January 2004

Feminine Given Names: Meadhbh


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: 1444, 1502, 1555, 1577, 1582

Research Notes:


Further information about the name Meadhbh, 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. 1441)
U3U1441.9Medbh, ingen in Abbaidh Mic Gilla Fhinnein
(d. 1502)
U3U1502.11Ingen Ruaidhri Caeich Meg Uidhir [unrelated], .i. Medbh, in ben do bí ag Tadhg Mac Gaillghile & rug clainn do 'n abb og ["The daughter of Ruaidhri Blind-eye Mag Uidhir, namely Medbh, the wife Tadhg Mac Gaillghile had and that bore children to the junior abbot"]
(d. 1555)
LC2LC1555.13Meadhbh ingen Domnaill mic Eogain I Chonchubhair
(d. 1577)
EM1577.3Meadhbh inghen Aodha Ruaidh Uí Dhomhnaill, ben baoí ó thus ag Mac Gille Eoain i n-Albain
(d. ?)
LC2LC1582.5thigherna na Cairrge ocus a mhna, .i. Meadhbh inghen Domnaill h-I Conchobair .i. inghen h-I Conchobair Sligigh ["the lord of the Rock, and of his wife, i.e. Medhbh, the daughter of Domhnall O'Conchobhair, i.e., daughter of O'Conchobhair Sligigh"]
(d. 1582)
LC2LC1582.28Ingen Ui Concobair Duinn, .i. Medb ingen Concobair mic Eogain Caoich

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