Index of Names in Irish Annals: Ímar / Íomhar

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

Masculine Given Names: Ímar / Íomhar


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: 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

Research Notes:

"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.

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)
[Ímar] (d. 871-873)
UU873.3NImhar, rex Nordmannorum totius Hibernie & Brittanie
CSCS873NImhorNormandorum totius Hiberniae
AM871.15NIomhar, rí Nortmann Ereann & Bretan
UU888.9NSichfrith m. Imair, rex Nordmannorum
UU896.3NSitriucc m. Imair
AM891.17NSitriuc, mac Iomhair
UU896.7NAmlaim h. Imair
AM891.15NAmhlaoibh ua h-Iomhair
UU904.4NImhar uah-Imhair
UU914.4NRagnall h. Imair
UU917.2NRagnall h. h-Imair
UU921.4NRagnall h. Imair ri Finngall & Dubgall
UU917.2NSitriuc h. Imair
UU917.3NSitriuc h-u Imair
UU917.4NSitriuc h. Imair
UU918.4NGothbrith ua n-Imair
UU918.6NSitriuc h.n-Imair
UU920.5NSitriuc uah-Imair
UU921.5NGoithbrith h. Imair
UU921.8NGothbrith oa Imhair
UU924.3NGothbrith h.n-Imair
UU927.2NSitriuc h. Imair, ri Dubgall & Finngall
UU934.1NGothfrith h. h-Imair, ri crudelissimus Nordmannorum [Gothfrith, grandson of Ímar, a most cruel king of the Norsemen]
[Ímar hua hÍmar] (d. 904)
UU904.4NImhar uah-Imhair
[Ímar] (d. ?)
UU935.4Nh-Amlaibh h. n-Imair
UU938.6NAmlaim h. n-Imair
[Ímar Luimnig] (d. ?)
II969.3NÍmar Luimnich
[Ímar Puirt Láirce] (d. 999-1000)
UU982.4NImhur Phuirt Lairce
TT982.2NImur Puirt Lairge
BM981.9Nh-Iomhar Puirt Láirge
UU983.2NImhar Puirt Lairge
TT983.1NÍmur Phuirt Lairge
BM982.5NIomhar Phuirt Láirge
UU983.2NGilla Patraicc m. Imhair
TT983.1NGilla Patraic mac Ímuir
BM982.5NGhiolla Pháttraicc, mac Iomhair
UU994.7NRaghnall m. Imair
TT996.3NDonnaman mac Imuir
TT996.4NDonduban mac Imuir
CSCS996NDonnduban mac Imair
CSCS996NDonndubán mac Imair
BM995.3NDondubhán, mac Iomhair
BM995.4NDhonndubhán mac Iomhair
BM995.4NDonndubhán, mac Iomhair
UU1000.3NImhar, ri Puirt Lairgi
TT1000.2Nh-Ímur Puirt Lairge
BM999.7NIomhar Puirt Láirge
TT1022.2NSitriuc mac Ímuir, rí Puirt Lairge
TT1031.4NRagnall mac Raghnaill meic Ímuir, rí Puirt Lairge
[Ímar] (d. 1037)
(d. 1049)
UU1049.5Imhar H. Beiceri H. Meith
LCLC1049.3Iomhar .H. Béice, rí .H. Méth
BM1049.7Iomhar Ua Beice, tigherna Ua Méith
(d. ?)
TT1045.3Nh-Imar mac Arailt
UU1054.1NImhar m. Arailt, ri Gall
LCLC1054.1NIomhar mac Arailt, rí Gall
BM1045.12Nh-Iomhar mac Arailt
(d. 1094)
TT1094.9IMar h-Úa Gilla Ulltain, taissech Munteri Mail Sinna
CSCS1094Imar h. Gille Ulltáin taoisech Muintire Maoilsionna
BM1094.11Iomhar mac Giolla Ulltáin, taoiseach Muinntire Maoil Sionna
(d. 1108)
II1108.10Imar macc Mongáin
(d. ?)
UU1126.11h-Imar H. n-Aedhacan
BM1126.7h-Iomhar Ua n-Aedhacain
LCLC1134.6Iomhar .H. h-Aodhacan
BM1134.5Iomhar Ua h-Aedhaccáin
(d. 1161)
BM1161.5RIomhar Ua h-Innreachtaigh, airchinneach Mucnamha, & tigherna Ua Meith fri ré
UU1161.6RImhar h-Ua h-Innrechtaigh, aircinnech Mucnoma & ri h-Ua Meith
(d. 1173)
BM1154.17Iomhar Mac Carrghamhna
TT1173.16IMar mac Carrgamna, taisech Munntire Mail Sinna
UU1174.11Imar mac Mic Cargamna h-Ui Gilla Ultan, toisech Muinnteri (Mail Sinna)
(d. 1175)
II1175.5RÍmar mc. Muil Moiaid
(d. 1176)
TT1176.19RIMar h-Ua Ruaidhin, espoc Ua Fiachrach
(d. 1179)
CM1179.11Iomhar Ua Cathasaigh tighearna na Saithne
(d. 1212)
LCLC1212.4Imar .H. Ferghail, dux muintire h-Angaile
(d. 1214)
LCLC1214.4Imhar mac Garrghamhna
(d. 1271)
LCLC1245.1Gilla Crisd mac Imhair h-I Birn
LCLC1269.1Imar .H. Birn
LCLC1271.3Iomhar .H. Birn
(d. 1308)
Co1308.8Imar Mac Gebindaig
(d. 1326)
U2U1325.6Imar Mag Raghnaill, taisech Muinntire h-Eoluis
Co1326.6Imur Mag Radnaill taisech Muintire hEolais
LCLC1326.5Imhar Mag Raghnaill, taisech Muintiri h-Eoluis

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