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


OSSIAN.  Scottish 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, 1905)

... 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, Hyde, 1899).


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