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Gender: Male Pronunciation: oh-SHEEN Meaning of Oisin: "little deer" Origin of Oisin: Irish

The name Oisin is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "little deer". Oisin and is often added to lists like Mythology Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Change two letters (5 names)".

From the experts:

Oisin, one of the most popular Irish baby names in its native land, though largely unknown in the US, is also spelled as the phonetic Osheen. The original Oisin was the mythological son of Finn McCool and Sadb, the goddess who was changed into a deer. A legendary war hero and poet, Oisin had a name that is also reminiscent in sound of the ocean. Pronounced correctly, this name has an attractive sheen.

Ossian is another version, reflected in the eighteenth century Ossianic poems of James Macpherson, which transformed him into a Scottish hero and also popularized the names Oscar, Fingal, Selma and Malvina.

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Son of Fionn Mac Cumhaill, the legendary Irish warrior and leader of the Fianna.

I'm from Ireland, and this name is pronounced "USH-een", not "oh-SHEEN".


beachbear Says:


Osheen sounds nice. Oisin looks like it's meant to rhyme with poison...or hoisin sauce.

alexandramae Says:


I am absolutely in love with this name. I think depending on your accent, Osh-een/Aw-sheen is correct. I've only heard the name in passing while in the UK, so not Ireland, but it was pronounced more like Aw-sheen/Osh-een.

faithnamer Says:


Interesting.. I knew someone named Oisin once. His parents were Irish and they pronounced his name like "Oh-sheen". He had the most adorable little sister named Aoife.

OliviaSarah Says:


This is actually ush-EEN or sometimes ish-EEN depending on the dialect. O'Sheen is way off and has an entirely different origin. It shouldn't sound like the word ocean at all.