Index of Names in Irish Annals: Forannán, Farannán

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

© 2000-2006 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.0, updated 06 October 2006

Masculine Given Names: Forannán, Farannán


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:
Found in Years: 624, 626, 629, 630, 635, 648, 652, 697, 698, 740, 742, 745, 747, 751, 752, 756, 769, 774, 798, 829, 830, 835, 836, 839, 842, 843, 845, 846, 848, 851, 852

Research Notes:


Further information about the name Forannán, Farannán 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. ?)
TT626.3Guaire Goillseach mac Furudrain
UU629.2Guaire m. Forindain
TT629.3Guaire Gaillsech mac Forunnaín
AM624.5Guaire Gaillseach mac Forannain
(d. ?)
UU635.2Mael Umai mc. Oengussa
TT635.3Mael Uma mac Forandáin
AM630.6Maol Umha, mac Forannáin
(d. ?)
UU652.2Culene m. Forindain
TT652.4Cuilene mac Forunnain, rí h-Ua Failghe
AM648.3Cillne, mac Forannáin, toisech Ua b-Failghe
(d. 697-698)
UU698.5RForannain abbatis Cille Daro
TT698.3RForandan, ab Cille Dara
II697.1RForannain Cille Dara
AM697.2RForandan, abb Cille Dara
(d. 740-745)
UU745.2RForannan, abbas Cluana Irairdd
TT745.2RForandan ab Cluana h-Iraird
AM740.2RForandan, abb Cluana h-Eraird
(d. ?)
UU747.14Iacobi i Farannain, predicatoris
AM742.11Iacob ua Forannáin, proiceptaigh ergna ina aimsir
(d. ?)
UU752.2Cathal m. Forindain, abbas Cille Daro
TT752.3Cathal mac Forandáin, abb Chille Dara
AM747.3Cathal, mac Forannain, abb Cille Dara
(d. 751-756)
UU756.2RForindan episcopus Methuis Truim
TT756.3RForandan espoc Methuis Truim
AM751.5RForannan, epscop Methais Truim
(d. 769-774)
UU774.2RForinnain scriba & episcopus Treoit
AM769.5RForandán, scribneoir & epscop Treóit
(d. 798)
UU798.3Forinnan Imlecho Fia
(d. ?)
UU830.9Suibne m. Fairnig, alias mc. Forannan, abbas duorum mensium in-Ardd Machae ["Suibne son of Fairnech alias son of Forannán abbot of Ard Macha"]
AM829.6Suibhne mac Fairnigh, abb Arda Macha
(d. ?)
UU843.8Suibne m. Forannain, abbas Imlecho Fio
AM842.4Suibhne, mac Forannáin, abb Imlecha Fio
(d. 852)
UU835.6Rabad in-Ard Macha, .i. Forindan o Rath Mc. Malais
UU836.3RForindan, abb n-Aerdd Machae
UU845.1RForindan, abbas Aird Machae
II845.2RForannán, abb Aird Macha
CSCS845RForandán ab Áird Macha
UU846.9RForindan, abbas Aird Machae
AM843.12Forannán, primhaidh Arda Macha
UU848.8Rabbad i n-Ard Machae, .i. [unrelated] Forindain
UU852.1Re(pscob) (Ar)d Macha .i. Forinnan scriba & episcopus & anchorita
II852.2RForannan & Diarmait, abbaid Aird Macha
CSCS852RForandan scriba et episcopus & ancorita
AM851.14Forannán scribhnidh, espucc, & angcoire

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