Index of Names in Irish Annals: Máel Bresail

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

© 2000-2010 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.3, updated 09 January 2010

Masculine Given Names: Máel Bresail


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: 11
Found in Years: 622, 627, 641, 644, 664, 665, 666, 787, 792, 817, 819, 823, 825, 843, 849, 850, 851, 852, 896, 901

Research Notes:


Further information about the name Máel Bresail, 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. ?)
CSCS627Conall mac Maelduib meic Maelbressaill
(d. 622-627)
UU627.2Mael Bresail
TT627.3Mael Bresail
AM622.4Maol Bresail
AM622.4Maol Breisil
(d. 644)
UU644.1.ii. nepotum Bogaine, .i. Mael Bresail & Mael Anfaith ["two grandsons of Bógaine, i.e. Mael Bresail and Mael Anfaith."]
CSCS644nepotum Boghuine, Máelbressail et Maelanfaidh Enaigh
TT644.1nepotum Boguine Mael Bresail & Mael Anfaidh
AM641.2Maol Bresail
(d. 664-666)
UU665.1Blaimac & Mael Bresail filii Maele Duin ["Blamac and Mael Bresail, sons of Mael Dúin"]
TT665.2Mael Bresail mac Maile Duín
CSCS665Máelbresail mac Maeliduin
II666.3Muíl Bressail [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
AM664.3Maol Bresail, mac Maeili Dúin
(d. 787-792)
UU792.4Mael Bresail m. Aedho filii Crichain ri H. Fiachrach
AM787.10Mael Bresail, mac Aedha, mic Crichain, tigherna Ua Fiachrach
(d. 817-819)
UU819.3Mael Bresail m. Murcadho, rex Geniris Conaill
AM817.8Maol Bresail, mac Murchadha, tighearna Ceneoil c-Conaill
(d. 823-825)
UU825.6RMael Bresail m. Ailello Cobo, rex Dal Araide ["Mael Bresail son of Ailill of Cuib, king of Dál Araidi"]
AM823.19Mael Bresail, mac Oilella Cobha, tighearna Dail Araidhe
(d. ?)
AM843.3Fiachna, mac Maoil Bresail, abb Findabhrach Abhae
(d. 847-849)
UU849.10Mael Bresail m. Cernaigh, rex Mughdorna
AM847.18Mael Bresail, mac Cernaigh, tigherna Mughdhorn
(d. ?)
AM851.10Maol Caurarda, mac Maoil Breasail, tigherna Ua Mic Uais Airghiall
CSCS852Fogurtach mac MaoilbresailAirgiall
AM850.14Fogartach, mac Maoil Bresail, tigherna Oirghiall
(d. 896-901)
CSCS901Maolbresail mac Maoil Doraidh ri Cineoil Conaill
AM896.3Maol Breasail, mac Maol Doraidh, tighearna Ceneoil c-Conaill

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