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Origin of the name NARCISSUS.
Etymology of the name NARCISSUS.
Meaning of the baby name NARCISSUS.


NARCISSUS.  The Latin form of Greek Narkissos (q.v.), usually rendered meaning "daffodil," but the Greek is from the Persian word narkis, literally meaning "narcotic."  In mythology, a vain youth who fell in love with his own reflection and eventually was turned into a daffodil.  Also see Nargiz, and Narkis.

    Narcissus seems to have been a name among the Greek slaves of the Romans, for we twice find it belonging to freedmen of the Emperor.  St. Narcissus was Bishop of Jerusalem in 195, and presided at the council that fixed the great festival of the Resurrection on a Sunday instead of on the day fixed by the full moon like the Jews.  The Russians call it Narkiss; the Romans, Narcisso; and it has even been found belonging to an English peasant. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884).


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