These Old Irish names are taken from the country’s corpus of ogham stones. Consisting of a series of incised linear lines, ogham represents Ireland’s very earliest form of writing. It is typically found on standing stones, especially in the the south and southwest of the country, where there is a remarkable concentration of these monuments. The monoliths generally commemorate named individuals and it is likely that the stones originally marked burials spots or tribal boundaries. Most of the ogham stones were erected between the 5th and 6th centuries AD, a period when Ireland was only gradually becoming a Christian country. This is reflected in the personal names found on the stones, some of which contain references to pagan gods and totem animals/trees.
Name: Champion of Wolves/Hounds (Cun[a]netas). Ogham Stone: Island, Co. Waterford
Name: Thunder (Brusccos). Ogham stone: Emlagh East, Co. Kerry
Name: Black Raven (Branaddov). Ogham stone: Gearha South, Co. Cork
Name: Battle Man (Cattuvir). Ogham Stone: Dromore III, Co. Waterford
Name: Champion of (the god) Segamo (Neta Segamonas). Ogham Stone: Ardmore, Co. Waterford.
Name: Son/Devotee of the Rowan Tree (Maqi-Carattinn). Ogham stone: Cloghanecarhan, Co. Kerry
Name: Wolf Singer (Quanacanos). Ogham stone: Island, Co. Mayo
Name: Respecter of (the god) Lugh (Lugudeccas). Ogham stone: Ardmore, Co. Waterford
Name: Little Seal (Ronann). Ogham stone: Arraglen, Co. Kerry
Name: Living Fire/Fire Alive (Bivodon). Ogham stone: Kilbeg, Co. Waterford
Name: Little Badger (Broccan). Ogham Stone: Kilmalkedar, Co. Kerry
Name: Raven Born (Branogenos). Ogham Stone: Barnaveddoge, Co. Louth
Name: (he who has ) The Strength of a Wolf/Hound (CUNOGUSSU). Ogham Stone: Ahalisky, Co. Cork
Name: Son of the Yew Tree (Ivageni). Ogham stone: Mount Russell, Co. Tipperary
Name: Heron (Corre). Ogham Stone: Coolinheagh. Ogham stone: Glebe, Co. Cork
Name: Devotee/Son of the deity Erc , possible a cow goddess (Maqi-Ercias). Ogham Stone: Coumeenole North, Co. Kerry
Name: Flame (Dego[s]). Ogham Stone: Coolmagort, Co. Kerry
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Name: Chief in Battle (Catabar). Ogham stone: Ballyquin, Co. Waterford
Name: Winter Wolf/Hound (Gamicunus). Ogham Stone: Lugnagappul, Co. Kerry.
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Swift, C. Markers of Historic Deaths (Academia.edu paper)
Ogham in 3D project (Website)
12 thoughts on “Raven Born & Wolf Singer: Some Old Irish Names from Ogham Stones”
What a wonderful pectoral and explanation! Thanks so much.
A fascinating subject, I never realised the ancient Irish had such names. Similar to the Native Americans? Thank you for this.
The names strike me as similar to Gaulish. Is there a connection to the two languages?
Irish langauge comes from proto indo European source, gauls are celts who came from steppe bringing indo aryan language with them.
So if you can imagine the same people who were proto European are the same who made the journey to America. Native americans share most dna with the people of Mongolia.
Interesting names – they are similar to our Native American names. Beautiful names.
in Kurdish language we have Brusk for lightning and till now used as a personal name.
Excellent. Many thanks. Is it not more likely that corre refers to a crane (corr na móna) than corr riasc? From little horse.
Go raibh maith agat a Cholm.
I didn’t think that Irish had the letters ‘Q’ or ‘V’, so would this report suggest otherwise during an earlier time.
The Gaulish language certainly had those sounds, see links including video on pronunciation. https://omniglot.com/writing/gaulish.htm
Having the names in Irish as well as phonetic spelling would add clarity.