Index of Names in Irish Annals: Ólchobar

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

© 2000-2006 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.2, updated 03 June 2006

Masculine Given Names: Ólchobar


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: 9
Found in Years: 791, 792, 796, 797, 802, 805, 820, 846, 848, 849, 851, 933

Research Notes:


Further information about the name Ólchobair, 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)
[Ólchobar mac Flainn] (d. 791-796)
UU796.1ROlchobhur m. Flainn filii Eirc rex Mumhen, scribe & episcopi & ancoritae
AM791.5ROlcobhar, mac Flaind, mic Eirc, scribhnidh, epscop, & anchoiri
[Ólchobar mac Flainn] (d. 792-796)
II797.2RÓlchobur mc. Flaind, abb Inse Cathaig
AM792.6ROlcobhar, mac Flainn, airchinneach Insi Cathaigh
[Ólchobar] (d. 797-802)
[Note: in the Annals of Inisfallen, entry I802.1 (the entry previous to I802.3 below) records "Mors Muirethaig, ríg h-Ua Neill" meaning 'Death of Muiredach, king of Uí Néill'. It is possible that these two entries were combined in a copyist's error when subsequent annals were written and Inisfallen was a source. In any case, it seems that the three entries from different annals below all refer to the same person named Ólchobar.]
UU802.5RMuiredach m. Olcobair abbas Cluana Ferta Brendain
AM797.3RMuiredhach, mac Olcobhair, abb Cluana Ferta Brénainn
II802.3RÓlchobuir, abb Cluana Ferta Brendain [Note: given name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
(d. 805)
II805.1Olchobur macc Duib Indrecht, rígdamna Muman
(d. 820)
AM820.5ROlcobhar, mac Cummusccaigh, abb Cluana Fearta Brénoinn
[Ólchobar] (d. ?)
UU848.5ren-Olcobur, ri Muman
AM846.8n-Olchobhar, rí Mumhan
CSCS848n-Olcobhur rí Muman
[Ólchobar mac Cináeda] (d. 849-851)
II848.1ROlchobur macc Cináeda, abb Imlecha Ibair
UU851.1ROlcobor, .i. m. Cinaeda, rex Caisil
II851.1RÓlchobuir mc. Cinaeda, abb Imblecha Ibair & rí Caissil [Note: given name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
AM849.7ROlchobhar, mac Cionaedha, rí Caisil
[Ólchobar] (d. 933)
II933ROlchobuir, abb Ruis Ailithir [Note: given name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]

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