Index of Names in Irish Annals: Muirenn

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

© 2000-2008 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.5, updated 26 March 2008

Feminine Given Names: Muirenn


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: 643, 645, 649, 743, 748, 828, 829, 831, 916, 917, 918, 962, 964, 972, 977, 979

Research Notes:


Further information about the name Muirenn, 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)
M643.1dana Mairenn
M643.1Muirenn in bhen
M649.1Mairenn dana ben Ragallaig
M649.1Mairenn ingen
(d. 748)
UU748.6Muirenn filia Cellaigh Cualann, regina Irgalaigh
TT748.8Muireand, ingen Chellaigh Cualand, regina h-Irgalaig
AM743.7Muirend, inghen Ceallaigh Cualann, ben Iorgalaigh
(d. 828-831)
UU831.2RMuirenn, abatissa Cille Dara
AM829.3RMuirend banab Cille Dara
CSCS831RMuirenn abbatisa Cille Dara
Clyear 828 (p. 132)RMorean, abbesse of Kildare [Note: 17th C translation.]
(d. 916-918)
BM916.6RMuireand, inghen Suairt ban-abb Cille Dara
UU918.3RMuirenn ingin Suairt, abatisa Cille Daro
CSCS918RMuirenn ingen Suairt abbatissa Cille Dara
Clyear 917 (p. 146)RMoreann, daughter of Swart, abbesse of Kildare [Note: 17th C translation.]
(d. 962-964)
BM962.7RMuiriond, inghen mic Colmáin, banabb Cilli Dara
CSCS964RMuirenn ingen meic Colmáin abbatisa Cille Dara
(d. 972-979)
UU979.1RMuirenn ingin Congalaig, comarba Brigti
BM977.6RMuirend, inghen Chonghalaigh, banabb Cille Dara
CSCS979RMuirenn ingen Congalaigh comarba Brigde
Clyear 972 (p. 158)RMorean daughter of king Congalagh, abesse of Kildare [Note: 17th C translation.]

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