An anglicisation, made known by James Macpherson, of Irish Oisín, diminutive form of os (“deer”).
Ossian A male given name; rather rare in the Anglo-Saxon world. 1765 James Macpherson, The Poems of Ossian, Tauchnitz 1847, page 204: Fingal! thou king of heroes! Ossian, next to him in war! ye have fought in your youth; your names are renowned in song.
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