by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (Kathleen M. O'Brien)
© 2000-2009 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.5, updated 26 September 2009
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:
|Middle Irish Gaelic (c900-c1200) nominative form:||Cú Meda|
|Middle Irish Gaelic (c900-c1200) genitive form:||Con Meda|
|Early Modern Irish Gaelic (c1200-c1700) nominative form:||Cú Mheadha|
|Early Modern Irish Gaelic (c1200-c1700) genitive form:||Con Mheadha|
|Number of men found in the annals with this name:||4|
|Found in Years:||1100, 1102, 1106, 1161, 1310, 1492, 1587|
OCM (p. 64 s.n. Cú Meda) says that this name means: "'mead-hound'".
Woulfe (p. 341 s.n. Mac Conmead.a, Mac Conm.eada) says that this name means: "'hound of Mead., a place-name)".
Woulfe (p. 478 s.n. Ó Conm.ead.a) says that this name means: "'hound of Meadh, a place-name)".
Further information about the name Cú Mheadha, may be found in:
The Sources page lists the Annals referenced below. Information about secondary sources is included on that page as well.
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.
|AN||indicates a member of an Anglo-Norman family|
|AS||indicates an Anglo-Saxon|
|N||indicates a Norseman|
|P||indicates a Pict|
|R||indicates a person holding a religious office|
|S||indicates 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 Medieval Scotland | Medieval Names Archive | Index of Names in Irish Annals Kathleen M. O'Brien's articles are hosted by Medieval Scotland, which is published by Sharon L. Krossa (contact). Shopping online? How you can support this site.
Annals Entry Context Citation (formatting preserved) (d. 1100) CS CS1100 Cu Medha h. Laogachain B M1100.5 Cú Medha Ua Laeghcháin ard-taoiseach Sil Rónáin B M1102.13 Sitriug, mac Con Medha Ui Laoghacháin, taoiseach Síl Rónáin B M1106.11 Sittriucc mac Con Medha Ui Laeghacháin, taoisech Sil Ronáin & tóthacht toiseach Teathbha B M1161.21 Domhnall, mac Con Mhedha Uí Laeghacháin, taoiseach Cloinne Suibhne (d. 1310) I I1310.4 Cu Meda Ma Con Mara, tuiseach is mor conaigh (d. 1492) D M1492.17 Mac Con Mara (Cumeada) mac Seain Mec Con Mara (d. 1587) E M1587.2 Mac Mheic Conmara an taoíbhe thiar do Cloinn Chuiléin .i. Cu Mhedha mac Seain, mic Taidhg, mic Con Medha, mic Con Mara, mic Seain ["The son of Mac Namara of the western part of Clann-Cuilein, namely, Cumeadha, the son of John, son of Teige, son of Cumeadha, son of Cumara, son of John"]
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