Index of Names in Irish Annals: Cú Mara / Cú Mhara

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

© 2000-2008 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.4, updated 02 July 2008

Masculine Given Names: Cú Mara / Cú Mhara


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: 1030, 1048, 1099, 1135, 1142, 1159, 1227, 1377, 1379, 1459, 1466, 1483, 1486

Research Notes:

OCM (p. 64 s.n. Cú Mara) says that this name means: "'hound of the sea'".


Further information about the name Cú Mara / Cú Mhara, 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. 1030)
UU1030.8Cú Mhara m. Mc. Liag, ard-ollam Erenn
TT1030.14Cú Mara mac Maic Líag
LCLC1030.9Cú Mhara mac Mic Liag, ard-ollam Erenn
BM1030.17Cu Mara mac Mic Liacc, ard-ollamh Ereann
TT1048.8Mac Con Mara h-úa Maic Líag
II1048.2Mc. Con Mara
BM1048.11Mac Con Mara h-ua Mic Liacc
[Cú Mara mac Domnaill] (d. ?)
II1099.3Murchad mc. Con Mara mc. Domnaill
BM1099.13Mac Con Mara, mac Domhnaill, tigherna Ua c-Caisín
LCLC1135.7Cú Mhara [unrelated] mac Conmara mic Domnaill, rí .H. Caissín
MCB1MCB1135.2Cu Mara Mor mac Mic Con Mara, ri O Caisin
BM1135.16Cu Mara mac Con Mhara mic Domhnaill, tigherna Ua c-Caisín
[Cú Mara] (d. ?)
MCB1MCB1135.2Cian mac Donnchadha Duinn mic Con Mara mic Brodcon, ri O n-Eathac
[Cú Mara mac Con Mara meic Domnaill] (d. 1135)
TT1135.7Cu Mara Mór
LCLC1135.7Cú Mhara [unrelated] mac Conmara mic Domnaill, rí .H. Caissín
MCB1MCB1135.2Cu Mara Mor mac Mic Con Mara, ri O Caisin
BM1135.16Cu Mara mac Con Mhara mic Domhnaill, tigherna Ua c-Caisín
[Cú Mara Becc] (d. ?)
CSCS1142Coin Mara mhac mhic Con Mara
BM1142.10tigherna Ua c-Caissin .i. Cú Mara Becc
[] (d. 1159)
BM1159.13Cú Mara Ua Cumráin
[Cú Mhara Ua Domnalláin] (d. 1227)
Co1227.12Cu Mara h. Domnallain
[Cú Mhara Mac Con Mhara] (d. 1377-1379)
U3U1379.8Cu Mara Mac Conmara, .i. taisech Clainne Cuilen
Co1377.4Mac Con Mara .i. Cu Mara
LC2LC1377.3Mac Con Mara .i. Cu Mara
[Cú Mhara Mac Con Mhara] (d. 1459)
DM1459.2Cu Mhara Mac Con Mara
[] (d. 1466)
U3U1466.12Cu Mara (.i. in Gilla Gruamda), mac Alaxandair, mic Somairle Mic Caba ["Cu-Mara (namely, the Gloomy Gillie), son of Alexander, son of Somairle Mac Caba"]
[Cú Mhara mac Uilliam Uí Fearghail] (d. 1483)
U3U1483.8O Ferghail [unrelated] .i. Cu Mhara, mac Uilliam h-Ui Ferghail
DM1483.3O Ferghail, .i. Cú Mara
[Cú Mhara Mac Con Mhara] (d. 1486)
DM1486.6Cu Mara Mac Con Mara

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