Index of Names in Irish Annals: Gébennach

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

© 2000-2012 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.1, updated 28 February 2012

Masculine Given Names: Gébennach


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: 8
Found in Years: 914, 916, 963, 970, 971, 972, 973, 982, 1005, 1006, 1011, 1013, 1014, 1015

Research Notes:


Further information about the name Gébennach 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. 914-916)
II916.2Gebennaich meicc Aeda, ríg Gabra [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
BM914.7Gebhennach, mac Aodha tighearna Ua Fidhgeinte
(d. 963)
BM963.6RGebhennach, mac Cathail, abb Insi Cáthaigh
(d. 970-972)
II972.5Gebennaich m. Diarmata, ríg Ciarraige Luachra [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
BM970.7Geibhennach, mac Diarmata, tighearna Ciarraighe
(d. 971-973)
UU973.2Geibennach m. Aedha, ri H. Maine
CSCS973Gebennach mac Aodha ri H. Maine
BM971.9Geibhendach, mac Aodha, tigherna Ua Maine
BM1011.10Ailell, mac Geibhendaigh, ríoghdhamhna Ua Máine
(d. ?)
II982.3Cathal mc. Gébennaich, rígdomna na Désse Bice
(d. 1005-1006)
UU1006.2Mael Ruanaidh H. Dubtai & a mc. Mael Sechlainn, & a brathair Geibennach ["Mael Ruanaid ua Dubtai and Mael Sechnaill, his son, and Géibennach, his kinsman"]
BM1005.4Maol Ruanaidh, mac AedhaDubhda, tigherna Ua Fiachrach Muiriscce, & a mhac .i. Maol Sechlainn, & a bhrathair .i. Gebhendach mac Aedha
(d. 1013-1014)
UU1014.2Geibhinnach H. Dubagain rí Fer Maige
CSCS1014Gebennach mac DubucanFer Muighe
LCLC1014.3Geibhendach .H. Dubhagain, rí Fera Mhaighe
BM1013.11Gebheannach, mac Dubhacáin, tigherna Fearmaighe
(d. 1015)
BM1015.19Gebhendach, mac Aedha, tigherna Ua Máine

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