Cygnus Black (18891943) was the fourth son and youngest child of Phineas Nigellus Black and Ursula Flint, the brother of Sirius, Phineas, Arcturus and Belvina, the husband of Violetta Black (née Bulstrode) and the father of Pollux, Cassiopeia, Marius, and Dorea.


Like many other members of the House of Black, Cygnus is named after a constellation. Cygnus is a northern constellation also known as the Swan or the Northern Cross. It was named for several swans which appear in Greek mythology, including the one Zeus transformed into to seduce Leda, the form Orpheus took after his death, and a son of the god Apollo who was turned into a swan after his murder. The name is derived from the Greek κύκνος, kyknos, meaning "swan".

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