Origin of the name OSSIAN.
Etymology of the name OSSIAN.
Meaning of the baby name OSSIAN.
form of Irish Oisín (q.v.),
the name of a poet said to have been born of a doe, meaning "fawn."
Also see Oisein, and Sadb.
... In "Finn's
Pastimes" Ossian tells of his father's love for beasts and his
delight in nature generally. (Gaelic Names of Beasts, Forbes,
... Ossian, Strath, in Perthshire,
is probably Strath Oisin, "fawn valley," and not from
the proper name Ossian, which signifies the "fawn."... (Names
and their Histories, Taylor, 1898)
... Side by side with the numerous
prose sagas which fall under the title of "Fenian,"... there
exists an enormous mass of poems, chiefly narrative, of a minor epic
type, or else semi-dramatic épopées, usually introduced by
a dialogue between St. Patrick and the poet Ossian. Ossian was the
son of Finn mac Cúmhail,, vulgarly "Cool," and he was
fabled to have lived in Tír na n-óg [T'yeer na nogue], the country of
the ever-young, the Irish Elysium, for three hundred years, thus
surviving all his Fenian contemporaries, and living to hold colloguy
with St. Patrick. The so-called Ossianic poems are extraordinarily
numerous, and were they all collected would probably (between those
preserved in Scotch-Gaelic and in Irish) amount to some 80,000 lines...
(A Literary History of Ireland,