Index of Names in Irish Annals: Colmán

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

© 2000-2008 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.5, updated 19 March 2008

Masculine Given Names: Colmán


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: 13
Found in Years: 605, 610, 615, 624, 703, 707, 710, 720, 725, 730, 736, 751, 873, 904

Research Notes:


Further information about the name Colmán, 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)
TT605.6Ronan mac Colman rí Laigen
TT615.4Ronain maic Colmain, ríg Laigen
AM610.4Ronan, mac Colmain, rí Laighen
UU624.1Ronain mc. Colmain
AM624.4Ronan, mac Colmain
TT624.1Ronain maic Colmain
(d. 623-628)
UU628.4Columbani filii Bairddaeni abbatis Clono [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
TT628.4Columbani filii Bardani [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
CSCS628Columbani félii Baddani abbatis Cluana [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
AM623.1Colman mac ua Barddani
(d. 703)
UU703.3RColman m. Finnbarr, abbas Lis Moir
(d. 707)
UU707.7Colmain aui Suibni
(d. 710)
UU710.7RColman m. Sechnusaigh, abbas Lothri
(d. 720-725)
UU725.4Colman h-Uamach, scriba Airdd Machae
TT725.4Colman Uamach .i. sai scribind Aird Macha
AM720.8S. Colman Uamach, scribhneóir Arda Macha
(d. 720-725)
UU725.4Colman Banban, scriba Cille Daro
TT725.4Colman Banban scriba
AM720.9S. Colman Banban, scribhneoir Cille Dara
(d. 730)
II730.1RColmáin h-uí Lítáin, abb Lis Móir [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
(d. 736)
UU736.4RColman m. Murcon abbas Maigi Bile
(d. 751)
UU751.6RColman na m-Bretan m. Faelain abbatis Slaine
(d. 751)
II751.2Colmáin meicc Commain
[Colmán] (d. 873)
UU873.7RColman episcopus & scriba, abbas Noendromo
[Colmán mac Cináeda] (d. 904)
BM904.6Colmán, mac Cionaith, tighearna Ciarraighe Luachra

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