Kate Monk's Onomastikon
(Dictionary of Names)
James Macpherson (1736-96) claimed that the Ossianic poems were translations from the work of Ossian, son of the legendary Irish hero, Finn Mac Cool. The Emperor Napoleon was a keen admirer of the poems. He was godfather to several of the children of his marshall Jean Baptiste Bernadotte who became King of Norway and Sweden, giving them Ossianic names which became common in Scandinavia as a result.
Oscar Irish os 'deer' + cara 'friend' (grandson of Finn)
Ossian diminutive form of os 'deer'
Fiona Celtic fionn - 'white/fair' (pen name of romantic novelist William Sharp - Fiona Macleod)
Malvina Gaelic maol-mhin 'smooth brow'
Morven Gaelic placename a Mhor bhairne 'at the big gap'. (Fingal's kingdom)
Selma Ossian's castle
This collection of names was compiled by
Kate Monk and is ©1997, Kate Monk.
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