The black swan (Cygnus atratus) is a species of swan, which breeds mainly in the southeast and southwest regions of Australia. The species was hunted to extinction in New Zealand, but later reintroduced. (Source)
Cygnus Black failing at the family tradition of naming names
Cygnus Black III: ‘‘I name you Bellatrix in honour of our family’s affinity for the stars.’‘
Cygnus Black III: ‘‘I name you Andromeda, in honour of our family’s affinity for the stars.’‘
Cygnus Black III: ‘‘I name you…hmm shit…umm…’‘ *starts sweating*
Cygnus Black III: ‘‘I name you…hmm. I name you Narcissa! Because I’m out of cool star names and with the idiot names they’re giving to space objects these days…Ffs I can’t fucking name my child Galaxy 3C48.’‘
I have researched the names of the Black family to make sense of the story line and to see if their names fit their personalities, I hope it helps you, too. Since I love doing research I thought I would just have some fun with their names. I took the following information mainly from Wikipedia but I have used few other sources, too.
Cygnus is a constellation in the Milky Way, it derives from the Latinized Greek word for swan. Swans are known for being “mate for life” and being extremely protective of their nests. Also the males help with the construction of the nest unlike other species that are considered close to the swans.
Cygnus is a neighbour to the Draco constellation, who is his grandson.
In Greek mythology, swans are in many myths. Zeus had transformed into a swan to seduce Leda, who is the mother of Gemini, Helen of Troy and Clytemnestra.
Druella doesn’t have a direct translation but I saw somewhere that it was probably German originated. So I did a few translations and a website suggested a word similar to Druella which was duell. As you may have guessed, Itmeans duel in English so obviously I wasn’t satisfied with that.
So I separated the word to Dru and Ella. Dru is an old Greek, Welsh and French name and it means wise, warrior. Ella can be short for Eleanor meaning light or it can mean beautiful fairy woman so I chose the latter because I think beautiful fairy warrior suits Druella well.
Bellatrix is the third brightest star in the Orion Constellation and it means the female warrior.
There isn’t much about Bellatrix anywhere but the fact that her star is part of the Orion constellation is making me (and many others) think that maybe Bellatrix wasn’t from Cygnus and that maybe Druella and Orion may have had an affair. Black family is as messed up as Greek mythology so this is completely plausible.
Andromeda is the closest galaxy to the Milky Way, the galaxy is named after the constellation Andromeda which contains Pisces and is representing goddess of fertility in modern culture.
Andromeda is known as the chained woman in English, the story comes from Greek Mythology. When Andromeda’s mother brags about how her daughter is more beautiful than Nereids (female spirits of se waters) Poseidon punishes them by sending a sea monster. Andromeda is stripped and chained to a rock awaiting her death but is saved by Perseus who is a demi-god (a mortal and Zeus). Perseus and Andromeda get married after this.
Some say that the constellation looks like a woman holding a sword instead of a chained girl which suits the Latinized Greek version of Andromeda which means ruler of men.
Narcissa is female version of Narcissus which is a flower, more specifically a daffodil. Narcissus is one of the most well known and depicted stories in the Greek mythology.
Narcissus was a hunter who was known for being beautiful, he knew he was beautiful and he never though anybody who loved him was enough, he even despised them. One day Nemesis tricked Narcissus to come by a lake and when he looked at it he saw his own reflection and fell in love with an image. Unable to keep himself from looking at himself Narcissus died by the lake. This story is the root of the word narcissism.
She is the only daughter of Cygnus and Druella who is not named after a star. Narcissa’s name reflects her personality but her narcissism isn’t just for her herself, it’s for her family. Yes she is narcissistic, yes she cares about herself but she is also a text-book Slytherin who is loyal to the ones she loves.
Orion is one of the most recognisable constellations in the sky, it is known as The Hunter. Orion is a very big constellation and it contains an asterism called The Belt of Orion which contains three stars who are known as either Three Kings or Three Sisters.
In Greek Mythology, Orion is a giant huntsman places among the stars by Zeus. In Homer’s Iliad, Orion is described as a constellation and Sirius is his dog. (as if)
Walburga also derives from German and means ruler of the fortress it also means strong protector probably for the blood lines rather than her family. I couldn’t find much on Walburga so I decided to search for Walburg and it means protector on the battlefield which is irrelevant to Walburga’s personality.
Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky. Sirius means glowing in Ancient Greek. The star system which Sirius is a part of is called Canis Major which literally translates to great/big dog and the star is also known as the Dog Star.
In mythology, Sirius was usually mentioned as Orion’s dog. The constellation Canis Major also follows constellation Orion with Canis Minor. Canis Major’s family is Orion, which is scary but true.
In Chinese astronomy, Sirius is known as the Celestial Wolf. (and some of y’all still don’t ship Wolfstar)
Regulus is also one of the brightest stars in the night sky, it is a part of the Leo constellation. Regulus is Latin for prince or little king.
Leo is one of the Zodiac constellations and it means lion in English.
In Greek mythology, Leo was the Nemean Lion killed by Heracles. The said lion was impervious to the warrior’s swords and weapons so the warrior had to kill the lion with his bare hands so Heracles went into the lion’s cave caught it from behind and broke it’s back. Regulus.. died.. in.. a.. cave.. too.
I promised you “brain blowing” but I couldn’t because my brain refused to cooperate. If Orion was named Cygnus and Cygnus was named Orion, we could have had a marvellous story consistent with the characters in mythology and their constellations but welp. My excitement was because my brain confused Orion and Cygnus and I thought it was Cygnus who had an affair with someone and had Bellatrix, if that makes sense but still, I think the names explain a lot of things.
Also it’s worth noting that Walburga, Cygnus and Alphard are siblings and Orion is their first cousin as disgusting as it may be. Druella is a Rosier and is married into the Black family.
Also I will make additions if I find out anything else.
Narcissa Malfoy (née Black), (b. 1955) was a pure-blood witch, the youngest daughter of Cygnus Black III and Druella Rosier, younger sister of Bellatrix Lestrange and Andromeda Tonks, wife of Lucius Malfoy and mother of Draco Malfoy and the grandmother of Scorpius Malfoy.
(( OOC: We have very little canon information on Druella, aside from the fact she married Cygnus Black - Walburga Black’s younger brother - and had three daughters with him: Bellatrix, Andromeda and Narcissa.
So much of her story I’ve honestly just head canon-ed myself. I first introduced Druella as a young woman when I made Toujours Pur, which was a series exploring Walburga Black’s backstory.
In this I established that her marriage to Cygnus was nothing more than a strategic match, and that Druella didn’t care for much else than wealth and status when it came to choosing a husband. But for all her superficial graces, Druella was the sort of person to know everything about everyone, and she knew exactly how to use this to her advantage. She was probably one of those women who knew everyone’s secrets, a master at climbing the social hierarchy and positioning herself exactly where it suited her.
Between that and The Tale of the Three Sisters, we see Druella alone and abandoned by her husband. Druella’s mind was her greatest weapon, and after it slips away from her, she becomes a shell of her former self. I haven’t yet worked out in detail what happened to make the great Cygnus Black - heir to the Black fortune - abandon his family. Was it the shame of being unable to produce a male heir? Did he succumb to madness, as many Blacks before him did? Was the breakdown of her marriage the trigger to Druella’s illness, or did something else happen?
So basically, I now have an entire new backstory to create. Which I don’t mind, because let’s be honest - the Black family is one of the most fascinating families in the entire HP universe. ))