Index of Names in Irish Annals: Éicnech

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

© 2000-2010 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.0, updated 21 November 2010

Masculine Given Names: Éicnech


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: 10
Found in Years: 718, 722, 743, 745, 748, 773, 781, 837, 901, 906, 916, 918, 950, 960, 961, 963, 992, 993, 999, 1017, 1018, 1146

Research Notes:


Further information about the name Éicnech 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.

[Standardized form of this man's name]
AnnalsEntryContextCitation (formatting preserved)
(d. 718-722)
UU722.8Eicnech m. Colggen rex Orientalium
TT722.7Ecneach mac Colga ri in Airrthir
CSCS722 Eiccnech mac Colgan rí na n-Airther
AM718.1Eccnech mac Colgan, toisech na n-Airther
(d. ?)
UU745.4Congal m. Eicnigh
TT745.4Congal mac Eicnig
UU748.7Conghaile m. Eicnigh regis na n-Airther [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure]
TT748.9Congail maic Ecnigh, ríg na n-Airrther [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure]
AM743.8Congal mac Eignich, tigherna na n-Airrther
(d. ?)
AM773.9Cuana mac Eccnigh
(d. 781)
UU781.5Eicnech m. Eistenaigh, equonimus Doim Liacc
(d. 837)
AM837.5REgnech Cille Delcce, epscop, abb, & scribhneóir
(d. 901-906)
UU906.2Eicnechan m. Dalaig, rex Generis Conaill
CSCS906Eignecan mac Dalaigh ri Cinel Conaill
AM901.6Eigneachan, mac Dálaigh, mic Muircheartaigh, tighearna Ceneoil Conaill
AM901.6Eccneach Sil Conaill
BM950.2Adhland, mac Egnigh, mic Dálaigh, comharba Daire Colaim Chille
BM960.10Muirchertach, mac Ecnecháin, mic Dálaigh
(d. 916-918)
UU918.1REicnech princeps Arann Airthir ["Éicnech, superior of Ára Airthir"]
BM916.2REccnech, comharba Enda Airdne, epscop & angcoire
(d. 963)
UU963.2Eicnech m. Dalaigh, ri na n-Airgiall
CSCS963Eignech mac Dalaigh ri Airgiall
BM961.8Ecnech, mac Dálaigh tighearna Oirghiall
UU999.6M. Eicnigh m. Dhalaig, ri Airgiall
(d. 993)
UU993.4Eicnech H. Leogan, ri Luighne
BM992.12Ecnech ua Leocháin, tigherna Tuatha Luighne
UU1018.3Maelan m. Eicnigh H. Lorcan, ri Galeng & Tuath Luighne uile ["Maelán son of Éicnech ua Lorcán, king of Gailenga and all Tuatha Luigne"]
LCLC1018.2Moelan mac Eicnigh .H. Lorcain, rí Gaileng & Tuath Luighne uile
BM1017.7Maolán, mac EccníghLeochain, tigherna Gaileng & Tuath Luicchne uile
(d. 1146)
BM1146.8Eccneach, mac Amhlaoibh Uí Chaomháin

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