Aulay

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Aulay is a Scottish masculine given name. It is an Anglicisation of the Scottish Gaelic Amhladh,[1] Amhlaidh,[1] Amhlaigh, and Amhlaibh.[2] The standard Irish Gaelic form of these names is Amhlaoibh (pronounced "ow-liv",[1] and "owl-lee");[3] which can be Anglicised as Auliffe[1] and Humphrey.[4]

The Old Irish personal name Amlaíb is a Gaelicised form of the Old Norse Óláfr, and is recorded in the Annals of Ulster as being introduced into Ulster by "Amlaíb, son of the king of Lochlann"[5][6] In the 9th century, Óláfr may have been pronounced more like the Old Norse Áleifr.[7] A Classical Gaelic form of this Old Irish name is Amhlaíbh.

The older Irish Gaelic names Amalgaid[4] and Amhalghaidh[4] (pronounced "owl-ghee"),[3] were borne by an early king of Munster, and an early king of Connacht. Even though these names were of a different origin than the above Gaelicised Norse names, they were "totally confused" in the later Middle Ages with them.[4] In later times, Amalgaid and Amhalghaidh were Anglicised as Auley; as well as Awley, which was a spelling commonly used by the Magawleys of Calry.[4]

The old Irish Gaelic Amhlaide may be a form of the Icelandic Amloði; though it may also be a form of Amhlaibh.[citation needed]

Notable people with these names[edit]

Personal name[edit]

Aulay
Amhlaoibh
Amalgaid
  • Amalgaid mac Congalaig, (died 718), an Irish king of Brega, from the Uí Chonaing sept of Cnogba (Knowth) of the Síl nÁedo Sláine branch of the southern Ui Neill.
  • Amalgaid mac Éndai, (died 601), an Irish king of Munster, from the Eóganacht Áine branch of the Eoganachta.
  • Amalgaid mac Fiachrae, (died 440), an Irish king of Connacht, from the Ui Fiachrach sept.
Amlaíb

Within a patronymic name[edit]

Amalgado
  • Conaing mac Amalgado, (died 742), an Irish king of Brega, from the Uí Chonaing sept of Cnogba (Knowth) of the Síl nÁedo Sláine branch of the southern Ui Neill.
  • Cúán mac Amalgado, (died 641), an Irish king of Munster, from the Eóganacht Áine branch of the Eóganachta.
  • Dúngal mac Amalgado, (died 759), an Irish king of Brega, from the Uí Chonaing sept of Cnogba (Knowth) of the Síl nÁedo Sláine branch of the southern Ui Neill.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hanks, Patrick; Hodges, Flavia (2006). Hardcastle, Kate, ed. Oxford Dictionary of Names (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 341, 342 399, 400. ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1. 
  2. ^ Dunkling, Leslie (1978). Scottish Christian Names: an A-Z of First Names. Johnston and Bacon. pp. 24, 143. 
  3. ^ a b Cresswell, Julia (1996). Irish First Names. Collins Gem. HarperCollins. p. 269. ISBN 978-0-00-470942-0. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Ó Corráin, Donnchadh; Maguire, Fidelma (1981). Gaelic personal names. Academy Press. p. 22. ISBN 978-0-906187-39-5. 
  5. ^ Stafford, Pauline, ed. (2009). A Companion to the Early Middle Ages: Britain and Ireland c.500-1100. Blackwell Publishing. pp. 258–259. ISBN 978-1-4051-0628-3. 
  6. ^ "Index of Names in Irish Annals: Amlaíb / Amhlaoibh". Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  7. ^ Woolf, Alex (2007). From Pictland to Alba, 789–1070. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-7486-1233-8.