Index of Names in Irish Annals: Ceithernach

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

© 2000-2007 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.0, updated 05 March 2007

Masculine Given Names: Ceithernach


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 men found in the annals with this name: 12
Found in Years: 760, 768, 773, 794, 799, 812, 816, 817, 827, 829, 831, 843, 845, 884, 1047, 1155, 1159, 1224, 1264, 1266

Research Notes:

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

The name is Ceithernach, formally identical to the noun ceithernach 'member or leader of a ceithern'; ceithern 'a band of fighting-men' is the source of English kern(e). In each case variant spellings without the i are found, but the DIL takes the cei- forms as standard. [email from Talan Gwynek - 04 March 2007]


Further information about the name Ceithernach 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.

Special factors which may affect name usage are marked in the context column.

ANindicates a member of an Anglo-Norman family
ASindicates an Anglo-Saxon
Nindicates a Norseman
Pindicates a Pict
Rindicates a person holding a religious office
Sindicates a person from Scotland

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. 760)
UU760.2Ceithernach m. Dothaidh
(d. 768-773)
UU773.5RCeithernach h-ua Erumono, abbas Cluana Ferta Brenaind
AM768.7RCethernach h-ua Ermono, abb Cluana Ferta Brenainn
(d. ?)
UU799.2Coscarach m. Ceithernaich
AM794.14Cosccrach mac Ceithernaigh
(d. 799)
UU799.7RCeithernach abbas Glinne Da Locha
(d. ?)
UU817.3Tipraiti, abbas Cluana Ferta Brendain
CSCS816Tibraide ab Cluana Ferta Brenaind
II817.2Tipraite mc. Cethernaich, abb Cluana Ferta Brennaind
AM812.2Tiobraite, mac Cethernaigh, abb Cluana Fearta Brénainn
(d. ?)
UU829.1Mael Umai m. Ceithernaigh equonimus Findubrach
AM827.4Maol Umha, mac Cethernaigh, prioir Fionnabhrach
(d. 829-831)
UU831.4RCernach m. Duncon, scriba & sapiens & sacerdos Airdd Machae
AM829.4RCeithernach, mac Dunchon, scribhneóir, saccart, & eccnaidh Arda Macha
(d. 843-845)
UU845.2RCeithernach m. Con Dinaisc, secnap Cille Daro
CSCS845RCeiternach mac Con Dinaisc secnab Cille Dara
AM843.11RCeithernach, mac Con Dinaisg, prióir Chille Dara
(d. ?)
UU884.8Cormacc m. Ceithernaigh, secnap Tire Da Glas & Cluana Ferta Brenainn
(d. 1047)
CSCS1047RCeternach episcopus o Tigh Collainn
BM1047.1RCethernach, epscop ó Tigh Collain
(d. 1047)
BM1155.10Fiacha, mac Cethernaigh Uí Cheirín, tigherna Ciarraighe Locha na n-Airne
U2U1224.2Mathgamain mac Ceithernaigh h-Ui Ceirín, rí Ciaraidhe Lacha na Nairne
CM1224.14Mathghamhain mac Cethernaigh Uí Cérin tighearna Ciarraighe Locha na n-Airneadh
U2U1264.2Mathgamain mac Ceithernaigh h-Ui Cheirin, rí Ciaraidhe
Co1266.2Mathgamain mac Cethernaig h. Cerin ri Ciarraigi
CM1266.6Mathgamain mac Ceithernaigh Uí Ceirín tighearna Ciarraighe
(d. 1159)
TT1159.6Ceithernach h-Úa Fallomain, taisech Clainde Uadach
BM1159.13Cethernach Ua Follamhain .i. taoiseach Cloinne h-Uattach

Medieval Scotland | Medieval Names Archive | Index of Names in Irish Annals
Feminine Given Names | Feminine Descriptive Bynames | Masculine Given Names | Masculine Descriptive Bynames