Phineas: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Phineas

Phineas

Pronunciation: FI-nee-əs (key)

Origin of the name Phineas:

Derived from the Hebrew Pinchas, meaning "the mouth of a snake, mouth of brass." It may also be derived from the Egyptian penechase (Negro, dark-complexioned).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Fin, Phinnaeus, Pinchas

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We named our son Phineas. People ask us all the time if it's a family name or where we came up with it. Occasionally someone will mention it's the name of one of Julia Robert's twins. I love my son's name and I love that it's uncommon.

My son is named Phineas Cole and we love the name. We all call him Finn for short. Some people do have a hard time saying his name correctly but we love that it is unique and it fits his personality.

I also named my son Phineas: the biggest drawback is the fact that many people cannot pronounce it, and it oftentimes comes out similar to a male private body part. It is uncomfortable for other people when they realize what they are saying. Certainly, i still love the name, but i anticipate problems for my son when he is in school. Finally, had I known about the outrageously bad cartoon Phineas and Ferb, I would not have chosen this name. All the little kids ask if that is whom he is named after.

Nicknames for Phineas: | Edit

Fin, Phin, Phinney, Finn, Finbar, Finster

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We named our son Phineas and call him "Finn." The origin described at this site does not include the greek origin. Phineas was king of the land where the Golden Fleece was located; the one Jason and the Argonauts went looking for:

In Greek mythology, Phineas (also spelled Phineus) was a Phoenician King of Thrace.

The name 'Phineas' or 'Phineus' may be associated with the ancient city of Phinea (or Phineopolis) on the Thracian Bosphorus.

Some ancient writers recognize two Thracian kings by the name of Phineas/Phineus/Phinehas. The first was a son of Agenor who, like his brothers Phoenix, Cadmus, Thasus and Cilix, departed his Phoenician homeland in search of his sister Europa, who had been abducted by the god Zeus. Phineas gave up his search in Thrace, and settled on the western shores of the Black Sea, in eastern Thrace. This Phineas was the father of Thynus, Bithynus, Mariandynus and Paphlagonus, although the first two were his sons by adoption. These four men founded four kingdoms along the shores of the Black Sea - Thynia, Bithynia, Mariandyne, and Paphlagonia - but are otherwise unheard of.

The second (and much more famous) Phineas lived several generations later, although his genealogical connection to the first Phineas is unclear. This second Phineas features in the story of Jason and the Argonauts, and was married to Cleopatra, daughter of Boreas. Phineas and Cleopatra had two sons, named Plexippus and Pandion, who were mistreated by their stepmother, Idaea, who Phineas married after the death of Cleopatra. His residence was the city of Salmydessus on the Black Sea. This Phineas was said to be a son of Poseidon, or of Phoenix, and had the gift of prophecy. Zeus, angry that Phineas revealed too much of the plans of the gods, punished him by blinding him and setting him on an island with a buffet of food. However, he could eat none of it because the harpies, vicious, winged women, stole the food out of his hands right before he could eat. This continued until the arrival of Jason and the Argonauts. They sent the winged heroes, the Boreads, after the harpies. They succeeded in driving the monsters away but did not kill them, as a request from the goddess of the rainbow, Iris, who promised that Phineas would not be bothered by the harpies again. It is said that the Boreads were turned back by Iris at the Strophades. As thanks, Phineas told the Argonauts how to pass the Symplegades.

Famous real-life people named Phineas: | Edit

Phineas Taylor Barnum, showman and founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus
Julia Roberts' son is named Phinneas
Phineas Gage, famous survivor of an 1848 accident while preparing blasting material to make room for a railroad

Phineas in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Phineas and Ferb" is a cartoon on The Disney Channel featuring two young genius inventor step-brothers. Phineas is the more outgoing and enthusiastic (and triangle-headed) one.
Phineas ("Finny"), a prominent character in John Knowles' A Separate Peace.
Phineas Nigellus Black, a former Hogwarts headmaster in the "Harry Potter" series.
Phineas, a character in "As Lie the Dead" by Kelly Meding.

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