by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (Kathleen M. O'Brien)
© 2000-2010 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.5, updated 26 February 2010
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:
|Old Irish Gaelic (c700-c900) nominative form:||Ímar|
|Old Irish Gaelic (c700-c900) genitive form:||Ímair|
|Middle Irish Gaelic (c900-c1200) nominative form:||Ímar|
|Middle Irish Gaelic (c900-c1200) genitive form:||Ímair|
|Early Modern Irish Gaelic (c1200-c1700) nominative form:||Íomhar|
|Early Modern Irish Gaelic (c1200-c1700) genitive form:||Íomhair|
|Number of men found in the annals with this name:||20|
|Found in Years:||859, 871, 873, 888, 891, 896, 904, 914, 917, 912, 920, 921, 924, 927, 934, 935, 938, 969, 981, 982, 983, 994, 999, 1000, 1022, 1031, 1037, 1045, 1049, 1054, 1094, 1108, 1126, 1134, 1154, 1161, 1173, 1174, 1175, 1176, 1179, 1212, 1214, 1245, 1269, 1271, 1308, 1325, 1326|
"This is a borrowing of the Old Norse Ívarr. There was an Ímar who was king of Northumbria and of Dublin and the name was born by a number of Viking leaders in Ireland. The name was soon adopted by the Irish." (OCM, p. 117 s.n. Ímar)
Further information about the name Ímar / Íomhar, 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) [Ímar] (d. 871-873) U U859.2 N Ímar U U871.2 N Ímar CS CS871 N Imar U U873.3 N Imhar, rex Nordmannorum totius Hibernie & Brittanie CS CS873 N Imhor rí Normandorum totius Hiberniae A M871.15 N Iomhar, rí Nortmann Ereann & Bretan U U888.9 N Sichfrith m. Imair, rex Nordmannorum U U896.3 N Sitriucc m. Imair A M891.17 N Sitriuc, mac Iomhair U U896.7 N Amlaim h. Imair A M891.15 N Amhlaoibh ua h-Iomhair U U904.4 N Imhar uah-Imhair U U914.4 N Ragnall h. Imair U U917.2 N Ragnall h. h-Imair U U921.4 N Ragnall h. Imair ri Finngall & Dubgall U U917.2 N Sitriuc h. Imair U U917.3 N Sitriuc h-u Imair U U917.4 N Sitriuc h. Imair U U918.4 N Gothbrith ua n-Imair U U918.6 N Sitriuc h.n-Imair U U920.5 N Sitriuc uah-Imair U U921.5 N Goithbrith h. Imair U U921.8 N Gothbrith oa Imhair U U924.3 N Gothbrith h.n-Imair U U927.2 N Sitriuc h. Imair, ri Dubgall & Finngall U U934.1 N Gothfrith h. h-Imair, ri crudelissimus Nordmannorum [Gothfrith, grandson of Ímar, a most cruel king of the Norsemen] [Ímar hua hÍmar] (d. 904) U U904.4 N Imhar uah-Imhair [Ímar] (d. ?) U U935.4 N h-Amlaibh h. n-Imair U U938.6 N Amlaim h. n-Imair [Ímar Luimnig] (d. ?) I I969.3 N Ímar Luimnich [Ímar Puirt Láirce] (d. 999-1000) U U982.4 N Imhur Phuirt Lairce T T982.2 N Imur Puirt Lairge B M981.9 N h-Iomhar Puirt Láirge U U983.2 N Imhar Puirt Lairge T T983.1 N Ímur Phuirt Lairge B M982.5 N Iomhar Phuirt Láirge U U983.2 N Gilla Patraicc m. Imhair T T983.1 N Gilla Patraic mac Ímuir B M982.5 N Ghiolla Pháttraicc, mac Iomhair U U994.7 N Raghnall m. Imair T T996.3 N Donnaman mac Imuir T T996.4 N Donduban mac Imuir CS CS996 N Donnduban mac Imair CS CS996 N Donndubán mac Imair B M995.3 N Dondubhán, mac Iomhair B M995.4 N Dhonndubhán mac Iomhair B M995.4 N Donndubhán, mac Iomhair U U1000.3 N Imhar, ri Puirt Lairgi T T1000.2 N h-Ímur Puirt Lairge B M999.7 N Iomhar Puirt Láirge T T1022.2 N Sitriuc mac Ímuir, rí Puirt Lairge T T1031.4 N Ragnall mac Raghnaill meic Ímuir, rí Puirt Lairge [Ímar] (d. 1037) B M1037.15 Iomhar (d. 1049) U U1049.5 Imhar H. Beiceri H. Meith LC LC1049.3 Iomhar .H. Béice, rí .H. Méth B M1049.7 Iomhar Ua Beice, tigherna Ua Méith (d. ?) T T1045.3 N h-Imar mac Arailt U U1054.1 N Imhar m. Arailt, ri Gall LC LC1054.1 N Iomhar mac Arailt, rí Gall B M1045.12 N h-Iomhar mac Arailt (d. 1094) T T1094.9 IMar h-Úa Gilla Ulltain, taissech Munteri Mail Sinna CS CS1094 Imar h. Gille Ulltáin taoisech Muintire Maoilsionna B M1094.11 Iomhar mac Giolla Ulltáin, taoiseach Muinntire Maoil Sionna (d. 1108) I I1108.10 Imar macc Mongáin (d. ?) U U1126.11 h-Imar H. n-Aedhacan B M1126.7 h-Iomhar Ua n-Aedhacain LC LC1134.6 Iomhar .H. h-Aodhacan B M1134.5 Iomhar Ua h-Aedhaccáin (d. 1161) B M1161.5 R Iomhar Ua h-Innreachtaigh, airchinneach Mucnamha, & tigherna Ua Meith fri ré U U1161.6 R Imhar h-Ua h-Innrechtaigh, aircinnech Mucnoma & ri h-Ua Meith (d. 1173) B M1154.17 Iomhar Mac Carrghamhna T T1173.16 IMar mac Carrgamna, taisech Munntire Mail Sinna U U1174.11 Imar mac Mic Cargamna h-Ui Gilla Ultan, toisech Muinnteri (Mail Sinna) (d. 1175) I I1175.5 R Ímar mc. Muil Moiaid (d. 1176) T T1176.19 R IMar h-Ua Ruaidhin, espoc Ua Fiachrach (d. 1179) C M1179.11 Iomhar Ua Cathasaigh tighearna na Saithne (d. 1212) LC LC1212.4 Imar .H. Ferghail, dux muintire h-Angaile (d. 1214) LC LC1214.4 Imhar mac Garrghamhna (d. 1271) LC LC1245.1 Gilla Crisd mac Imhair h-I Birn LC LC1269.1 Imar .H. Birn LC LC1271.3 Iomhar .H. Birn (d. 1308) Co 1308.8 Imar Mac Gebindaig (d. 1326) U2 U1325.6 Imar Mag Raghnaill, taisech Muinntire h-Eoluis Co 1326.6 Imur Mag Radnaill taisech Muintire hEolais LC LC1326.5 Imhar Mag Raghnaill, taisech Muintiri h-Eoluis
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