Medieval Irish Submitted Names

These names were used by medieval Irish peoples.
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ÁEDAMMAIR f Medieval Irish
Derived from Áed (see Aodh).
AFFRAIC f Medieval Irish
Middle Irish form of Aifric.
AGHNA f Medieval Irish
Of uncertain origin and meaning. This was the name of two Irish saints.
AÍFE f Medieval Irish
Older form of Aoife.
AILBE f Medieval Irish
Older form of Ailbhe.
AILIONÓRA f Irish (Rare), Medieval Irish, Anglo-Norman
Irish form of Eleanor (probably via Latin Alienora). This name occurs in medieval Irish annals, belonging to two Anglo-Norman noblewomen living in Ireland. It may or may not have been adopted by Gaels.
AINÉISLIS m Irish (Modern, Rare), Medieval Irish
Possibly means "careful, thoughtful" from the Irish negative prefix ain- combined with éislis "negligence, remissness".
AITHCHE f Medieval Irish
"The name of a holy virgin, patroness of Cill Aithche in the barony of Kenry, Co. Limerick, where her feast-day (Jan. 15) was formerly kept as a holiday and a station held."
ALSON f Medieval Irish (Anglicized), Anglo-Norman
Anglicized form of Allsún, recorded in late medieval Ireland on women born into English and Anglo-Norman families.
ANNÁBLA f Medieval Irish
Irish adoption of Annabel.
ANSTACE f Medieval Irish, Anglo-Norman
Variant of Anstice recorded in late medieval Ireland on women born into English and Anglo-Norman families.
ANY f Medieval Irish (Anglicized)
Early Anglicization of Áine.
AODHNAIT f Irish (Archaic), Medieval Irish
Feminine diminuitive of Aodh. This was "the name of an Irish saint whose feast was kept on 9 November".
ATHRACHT f Medieval Irish
Of uncertain origin and meaning, this name is usually Anglicized as Attracta. It was "the name of an Irish virgin saint, of Ulster origin, who flourished in the 6th century and founded the nunnery of Killaraght, near Lough Gara, Co... [more]
ATTRACTA f Irish, Medieval Irish (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Gaelic name Athracht, which is of uncertain meaning. The Latinization was perhaps influenced by attractus "attracted". This was the name of a 6th-century Irish saint who was known as a healer and miracle worker.
BENVON f Medieval Irish (Anglicized), Irish (Anglicized, Archaic)
Anglicization of Bean Mhumhan, an Irish name allegedly meaning "Lady of Munster".
BENVY f Medieval Irish (Anglicized), Irish (Anglicized, Archaic)
Anglicization of Bean Mhidhe, an Irish name allegedly meaning "Lady of Meath".
BLÁTH f Medieval Irish
Derived from Irish blath "flower; blossom". This was the name of two virgin saints. It was usually Anglicized as Flora.
BLINNE f Medieval Irish
Allegedly a corruption of Moninne. This name was usually anglicized as Blanche.
BLUINSE f Medieval Irish
Of unknown origin and meaning. The name was usually anglicized as Blanche.
BRECCÁN m Medieval Irish
Derived from Irish brecc "freckled, speckled" combined with a diminutive suffix, making it a cognate of Brychan. This was a common name in early Ireland, borne by at least 13 saints.
BRESSAL m Medieval Irish
Old Irish name derived from Celtic *brestelo-s "strife, war". It was borne by Bressal mac Ailello Thassaig, an early king of the Uí Liatháin, an early kingdom of Munster in southern Ireland.
CAINEACH f Medieval Irish
Medieval form of Cainnech.
CAINNECH f & m Medieval Irish
Derived from Old Irish cáin meaning "good, beautiful".
CAINTIGERN f Medieval Irish
Medieval Irish form of Kentigerna.
CIARMAC m Medieval Irish
Means "son of Ciar" in Irish, from Ciar and mac, "son".
COBLAITH f Medieval Irish
Believed to mean "victorious sovereignty", this name was relatively common in the early Irish period.
DACHONNA f Medieval Irish
Means "My Conainne" in Medieval Irish.
DIANAIMH f Irish (Rare), Medieval Irish
Derived from Irish díainim "spotless, unblemished".
DICUIL m Medieval Irish (Anglicized, ?)
Variant of Dícuill via its Latinized form Dicuilus. This was the name of an Irish monk and geographer who lived in the 8th and 9th centuries.
DICUILUS m Medieval Irish (Latinized)
Latinized form of Dícuill. This was the name of an Irish monk and geographer who lived in the 8th and 9th centuries.
DOMHANGHART m Ancient Irish, Medieval Irish
Contracted form of the early medieval Irish given name Domhan-Gabh-Art, which is said to mean "I take Art from the world (to serve his Heavenly Master)" in Irish. The name consists of Irish domhan meaning "the world", Irish gabh meaning "I take" and the given name Art.
DORETHY f Medieval Irish
Variant of Dorothy, recorded in late medieval Ireland on women born into English and Anglo-Norman families.
DUBHCHOBHLAIGH f Medieval Irish
Derived from dubh meaning "black, black-haired" and Cobhlaigh, a name of unknown etymology.
DUBHDARA m Medieval Irish
Composed of the Gaelic elements dubh "dark" and dair "oak" (genitive dara(ch)).
DUBHEASA f Medieval Irish
Meaning "dark waterfall" from the Gaelic word dubh meaning dark or black and eas meaning waterfall.
DUIBHEASA f Medieval Irish
Means "dark waterfall" from the Gaelic dubh meaning "dark" or "black" and eas meaning "waterfall".
DÚNLAITH f Irish (Rare), Medieval Irish
Means "princess of the fort" from Irish dún "fort" combined with flaith "princess".
EISTIR f Medieval Irish, Irish (Archaic)
Irish form of Esther. This name used to be "given to children born about Easter".
ELAN f Medieval Irish (Anglicized)
Archaic Irish form of Helen and Ellen (via the archaic Gaelic spelling Oilen).
ELLICE f English, Anglo-Norman, Medieval Irish (Anglicized), Medieval English
Anglicized form of Eilíse and Eilís. This name was recorded in late medieval Ireland on women born into English and Anglo-Norman families. It is still used in the modern English-speaking world.
EUGINIA f Medieval Irish
Likely an Irish borrowing of Eugenia. It was recorded in Ireland in the late 8th and early 9th centuries.
EVELIN f Medieval Irish, Anglo-Norman
Early Anglicization of Aibhilín. This name was recorded in late medieval Ireland on women born into English and Anglo-Norman families.
FAÍLENN f Medieval Irish
Derived from Old Irish faílenn "seagull", ultimately from Proto-Celtic *wēlannā.
FANCHE f Medieval Irish (Anglicized)
Form of Fainche. Saint Fanchea, sister of Saint Enda of Aran, is also known as Fanche.
FAOILTIGHEARNA f Medieval Irish
Derived from Irish faol "wolf" and tighearna "lady". This was "the name of an Irish virgin saint whose feast-day was 17 March".
FÍN f Medieval Irish
Means "wine" in Medieval Irish.
FÍNEAMHAIN f Medieval Irish
Probably derived from Middle Irish fínemain which meant "vine" or "vineyard", a derivative of Latin vindemia (making it a cognate of the English vocabulary word vintage). This name was recorded in three instances in 14th- and 15th-century Irish annals.
FORBFLAITH f Medieval Irish, Medieval Scottish
Gaelic name which meant "overlordship" and "overlord, ruler, sovereign", derived from Old Irish fír "true" and flaith "ruler; sovereignty" (compare Gormlaith, Órfhlaith, Talulla)... [more]
FURSA m Medieval Irish
A form of Fursu (see Fursey).
GELGÉIS f Ancient Irish, Medieval Irish
Means "bright swan" in Old Irish, from geal "bright" and geiss "swan".
GILLIE f Anglo-Norman, Medieval Irish
Feminine form of Giles and Gilles (and thus a cognate of Egidia) which was recorded in late medieval Ireland on women born into English and Anglo-Norman families.
GODFRAID m Medieval Irish, Medieval Scandinavian
Variant of Gofraid, a Norse-Gaelic form of Guðfriðr.
GORMELY f Medieval Irish (Anglicized)
Early Anglicization of Irish Gormlaith.
ISMAY f English (British), Dutch, Anglo-Norman, Medieval Irish
Variant of Isemay, an Anglo-Norman name of uncertain origin and meaning. It was also recorded in medieval Ireland on women born into Anglo-Norman families.
KATHELINE f Medieval Flemish, Medieval Dutch, Medieval Irish (Anglicized)
Medieval Flemish and Dutch variant of French Cateline as well as an early Anglicization of Caitlín.
LAISRÉN m Medieval Irish
Derived from Irish lasair "flame" combined with -án, a diminutive suffix. This was the name of several medieval Irish saints.
LASERIAN m Medieval Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Laisrén. This was the name of several medieval Irish saints, including a 7th-century abbot of Leighlin who lived as a hermit on Holy Isle in the Firth of Clyde, which is known as Eilean MoLaise in Gaelic (from Mo Laisse "my Laise", Laise being a short form of Laisrén; see also Molaise).
MABBINA f Medieval Irish (Anglicized)
Early Anglicization of Meadhbh via the Latinization Meba.
MAIRSIL f Medieval Irish
Obsolete Irish form of Marcella (see also Scottish Marsaili and Mairsile).
MALISE m Medieval Scottish (Anglicized), Medieval Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Máel Ísu or Maol Íosa meaning "disciple of Jesus".
MARGREG f Medieval Irish
Medieval Irish cognate of Margaret.
MARRIN f Medieval Irish (Anglicized)
Possibly an early Anglicization of Máirín.
MAUDA f Medieval Irish
Irish adoption of Maude.
MEIVE f Medieval Irish (Anglicized)
Early Anglicization of Meadhbh.
MÍDE f Medieval Irish
A variant of Íde by the prefixing of Mo "my" as a term of endearment.
MOLAISSE m Medieval Irish
Diminutive of Laisrén, derived from Irish Mo Laisse "my Laise", Laise being a short form of Laisrén. The 7th-century saint Laserian of Leighlin is also called Molaise or Molaisse; he lived as a hermit on Holy Isle in the Firth of Clyde, which is known as Eilean MoLaise in Gaelic.
MONCHA f Medieval Irish
Of unknown origin and meaning. This name was usually Anglicized and Latinized as Monica.
MURRINE f Medieval Irish (Anglicized)
Early Anglicization of Muireann via the Latinization Murinnia.
NÁRBFLAITH f Medieval Irish
Derived from Old Irish nár "modest" or "noble" and flaith "princess, lady".
OILBHE f Medieval Irish
Rarer variant of Ailbhe.
OILEN f Medieval Irish
Irish adoption of Ellen and Helen.
OWNY f Medieval Irish (Anglicized)
Early Anglicization of Irish Úna.... [more]
REVELIN m Medieval Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Raibhilín, which is a variant form of Roibhilín.
ROIBHILÍN m Medieval Irish
Meaning uncertain. The name may be an Old Irish diminutive of Roibeárd or a gaelicization of an Old English personal name.
SÁERLAITH f Medieval Irish
Possibly derived from sáer meaning "craftsman" and a feminine suffix.
SAMHRADHÁN m Medieval Irish
Derived from Irish samhradh "summer" combined with a diminutive suffix.
SAMTHANN f Medieval Irish
Possibly from the Old Irish sam meaning "summer".
SÁRNAIT f Medieval Irish
Derived from the Old Irish sár meaning "ruler, leader" or "outrage, insult", and the feminine suffix -nait.
SAWE f Medieval Irish (Anglicized)
Early Anglicization of Sadhbh.
SHILLIE f Medieval Irish (Anglicized)
Early Anglicization of Síle.
SISUILE f Medieval Irish
Irish adoption of Cecily. Unlike Síle, however, this name does not seem to have survived the Middle Ages.
SLANY f Medieval Irish (Anglicized)
Early Anglicization of Sláine.
SODELB f Medieval Irish
Meaning unknown. This is a name of a sister of Saint Eithne.
SOWRY f Medieval Irish (Anglicized)
Early Anglicization of Sorcha.
SUANACH m & f Medieval Irish, Medieval Scottish
Perhaps derived from Old Irish súanach "sleepy, drowsy, slothful, comfortable, at ease", itself from súan "sleep".... [more]
TADC m Medieval Irish
Derived from the Gaulish *tazgos meaning "badger".
TAILLTE f Medieval Irish
Derived from a Brythonic loan word represented by Welsh telediw "well formed, beautiful".
TÓMNAT f Medieval Irish
Irish feminine form of Tómmán.
TOTNAN m Medieval Irish, History
This was the name of a 7th-century Irish saint who evangelized in Franconia, with saints Cillian and Colmán.
UALLACH f Medieval Irish
Derived from Irish uall meaning "pride". Uallach ingen Muinechain (died 934) was an Irish woman poet and Chief Ollam of Ireland.