|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
Daffodil, a Roman whom Paul salutes (Romans 16:11). He is supposed to have been the private secretary of the emperor Claudius. This is, however, quite uncertain.
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (n.) A beautiful youth fabled to have been enamored of his own image, and to have been changed into the flower called Narcissus.
2. (n.) A genus of endogenous bulbous plants with handsome flowers, having a cup-shaped crown within the six-lobed perianth, and comprising the daffodils and jonquils of several kinds.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
nar-sis'-us (Narkissos): In Romans 16:11 Paul sends greetings to "them of the household of Narcissus, that are in the Lord." "The last words may suggest that, though only the Christians in this household have a greeting sent to them, there were other members of it with whom the church had relations" (Denney).
Narcissus is a common name, especially among freedmen and slaves. But, as in the case of Aristobulus, some famous person of this name must be meant. Conybeare and Howson mention two, one the wellknown favorite of Claudius, the other a favorite of Nero. The latter, who was put to death by Galba (Dio Cass. lxiv.3), they think to be the Narcissus meant here (Paul, chapter xix). On the other hand, Bishop Lightfoot (Phil, 175) holds that "the powerful freedman Narcissus, whose wealth was proverbial (Juv. Sat. xiv.329), whose influence with Claudius was unbounded, and who bore a chief part in the intrigues of this reign, alone satisfies this condition." Shortly after the accession of Nero, he had been put to death by Agrippina (Tac. Ann. xiii.1;. Dio Cass. lx.34) in 54 A.D. As this occurred three or four years before the Epistle to the Romans was written, some think another Narcissus is meant. However, as was usual in such cases, his property would be confiscated, and his slaves, becoming the property of the emperor, would swell "Caesar's household" as Narcissiani.
S. F. Hunter
Narcissus (2 Occurrences)
Romans 16:11 Greet Herodion, my kinsman. Greet them of the household of Narcissus, who are in the Lord. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)
Song of Songs 2:1 I am a narcissus of Sharon, A lily of the valleys. (DBY)