Index of Names in Irish Annals: Nuala

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

© 2000-2008 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.6, updated 23 March 2008

Feminine Given Names: Nuala


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:

Note: See also Fionnghuala. I have listed these names separately because I could find no instances of a single person being referenced by both a Fionnghuala form and a Nuala form.

Frequency & Dates:

Number of women found in the annals with this name: 11
Found in Years: 1226, 1342, 1349, 1352, 1371, 1372, 1387, 1404, 1455, 1468, 1478, 1592

Research Notes:


Further information about the name Nuala, 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. 1226)
Co1226.6Nuala ingen Ruaidri h. Conchobair banrigan Ulad
CM1226.6Nuala inghen Ruaidhri Uí Conchobhair baintighearna Uladh
LCLC1226.6Núaladh ingen Rúaidhri h-I Conchobair, banríghan Uladh
(d. 1342)
U2U1342.4Nualaith ingen Meg Mathgamna
(d. 1349-1352)
U2U1349.2Nualaith ingen Mic Diarmata
Co1352.11Nuala ingen Meic Diarmata
LC2LC1352.10Nuala, inghen Mic Diarmada
(d. 1371)
U2U1371.3Nualaith, ingen Ui Raighillaigh, ben Tomais Mic Mathgamna
(d. 1372)
U2U1372.3Nualaith ingen Taidhg Mic Donnchaid
(d. 1387)
U3U1387.1Tomas, mac Cathail h-Ui Ferghail & ben Tomais [unrelated], .i. Nualaith, ingen h-Ui Ferghail (Murchadha, mic Gilla na Naem, mic Braein h-Ui Fergail) ["Thomas, son of Cathal Ua Ferghail and the wife of Thomas, namely, Nualaith, daughter of Ua Ferghail (of Murchadh, son of Gilla-na-naem, son of Braen Ua Fergail)"]
(d. 1404)
LC2LC1404.28Nuala inghean Domhnaill mic Muircheartaigh .H. Conchobhair, ben Fergail mic Cormaic mic Donnchaidh
Co1404.29Nuala ingen Domnaill meic Murcertaig h. Conchobair ben Fergail meic Cormaic Meic Donnchada
DM1404.9Nualadh inghe Domhnaill mic Muircertaigh Uí Choncobhair bean Fearghail mic Corbmaic Meic Donnchaidh
Clyear 1404 (p. 325)The Lady Nwaly, daughter of Donell mcMurtagh o'Connor & wife to o'fferall mcCormack mcDonogh [Note: 17th C translation.]
(d. 1455)
U3U1455.7Nualaigh, ingen Cathail Moir Mic Maghnusa
(d. 1468)
Co1468.33Nuala ingen Meic Donnchada Riabaig .i. Fergal
DM1468.15a ben Nuala ingen mec Donnchaidh Riabhaigh .i. Feargal
(d. 1478)
U3U1478.14Niall Ruadh, mac Aedha Leith h-Ui Manchain [unrelated] & a ben, .i. Nualaith, ingen Ainnrias h-Ui Droma ["Niall the Red, son of Aedh Ua Manchain the Grey, and his wife, namely, Nualaith, daughter of Andrew Ua Droma"]
FM1592.8Nuala ingen Maghnusa Uí Domhnaill

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