Linus: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Linus
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Gaining popularity in England, but still rare in the U.S.
Pronouned LINE-us in English, but LEEN-oos in German, Swedish, and several other European languages.
The French form is Lin, pronounced LAH with a nasal vowel sound.
The Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese form is Lino, pronounced LEEN-oh.
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Liney, Link, Line
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Linus means "flax" in Greek, possibly indicating someone who was blond or flaxen-haired. Some sources say it is Etruscan for "one who mourns."
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St. Linus, the second pope
Linus Torvalds, the inventor of Linux
Linus Pauling, scientist, father of molecular biology, Nobel Prize winner
Linus "Lonny" Frey, American Major League Baseball second baseman/shortstop.
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In Greek mythology, Linus was the son of Apollo, and a talented musician on the lyre. He gave music lessons to Hercules, who killed him with his own lyre when Linus reprimanded him for a mistake.
Linus Van Pelt, Charlie Brown's friend in "Peanuts"
Linus Larrabee, character in the film "Sabrina" who ends up marrying the heroine. He is played by Humphrey Bogart in the original version and Harrison Ford in the remake.
Ben Linus is a character on the TV series "Lost."