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looking for opinions on "Ossian"

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honeytea Sat 06-Oct-12 10:55:42


We are still looking for names for DC1 due in 2 months, I like the name Ossian, I was wondering what people's reactions to the name are.

I have read it is an anglo version of an Irish name, I have 1 Irish grandparent so there is a vague Irish family connection (although the baby will be only 1/8 Irish.)

I like the meaning of little deer as he will be born so close to Christmas and we live in a country where you see a lot of little deers wondering around in the snow around Christmas.

Do you know any men/boys called Ossian?

Thank you smile

YouMayLogOut Sat 06-Oct-12 12:27:55

I think of a horse (an oss).

AllPastYears Sat 06-Oct-12 12:39:25

YouMayLogOut, the only Ossian I know is a horse. grin

Anonymumous Sat 06-Oct-12 13:07:51

It makes me think of hessian underthings... blush

Cezella Sat 06-Oct-12 13:29:23

I live in North Wales and know at least nine Osians so I definitely wouldn't expect to hear sniggering about the name!

aufaniae Sat 06-Oct-12 13:32:50

I know one Ossian (Scottish pronunciation), three Oisíns and I know of an Ossian (Anglicised pronunciation).

aufaniae Sat 06-Oct-12 13:33:05

All human grin

soapnuts Sat 06-Oct-12 13:38:00

It's going to be DS2s name - also due in a couple of months! grin I actually had a thread on this a few weeks ago and there is a lot of discussion on pronunciation. We decided to go with the Welsh Osian (pronounced Osh-an). Here's the link - it might give you some more opinions. Obviously I love it!

Caladria Sat 06-Oct-12 13:45:09

It's the name of the most successful literary fraud of all time:

I've always liked that story and mean to read Ossian someday, but it might be strange to be named after a fake.

aufaniae Sat 06-Oct-12 14:37:35

Oisín is an ancient, pre-Christian name, from Celtic legends and Ossian is a variant.

Then MacPherson fraud was a mere 300 years ago! grin

aufaniae Sat 06-Oct-12 14:41:10

Or 250 even. (Sorry having problems counting!)

LemonBreeland Sat 06-Oct-12 14:45:47

My friend hasan Osian, pronounced Osheen. He is 2, they live in Scotland but he has an Irish father.

mathanxiety Sat 06-Oct-12 15:43:53

Ossian is an anglicisation that was used by 19th C writers pedalling versions of the old Irish sagas/making up vaguely 'Celtic' literature. So a very Victorian or even pre Victorian name to me that has no basis in actual ancient literature. Walter Scott-ish, fake Celtic, Romantic. ..

The Irish Oisín is pronounced Ush-een in most of Ireland with a variant Osh-een in the north.

mathanxiety Sat 06-Oct-12 15:44:33

X post there with Caladria.

delilah88 Sat 06-Oct-12 20:38:27

I met one -- massively posh sort of eco-farm hippy type.

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