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Gender: M Meaning of Linus: "flax" Origin of Linus: Greek

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Can Linus lose its metaphorical security blanket and move from the Peanuts page onto the birth certificate? We think it has enough charm and other positive elements going for it for the answer to be yes.

In Greek myth, Linus is both a musician and poet, the inventor of rhythm and melody who taught music to Hercules. In the Christian era, Linus was the name of the second pope, Saint Peter's successor, while in modern times chemist Linus Pauling was awarded the Nobel Prize twice.

Humphrey Bogart as Linus Larrabee won the heart of Audrey Hepburn in "Sabrina," and Matt Damon played Linus Caldwell in three of the Ocean's movies.

Linus is currently in or around the Top 50 in Germany, Sweden and Norway.

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Famous People Named Linus

Linus Yale Sr., American inventor; manufacturer of locks
Linus Yale Jr., American mechanical engineer
Linus William Roache, English actor
Linus Torvalds, Finnish-American software engineer
Linus Pauling, American chemist and peace activist
Pope Linus (died c. 76), the second Pope of the Catholic Church
Francis Line (1595–1675), also known as Linus of Liège, Jesuit priest and scientist
Linus B. Comins (1817-1892), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts in 1857–59
Lonny Frey (1910-2009), Major League Baseball player
Linus Gerdemann (born 1982), German professional road bicycle racer
J. Linus McAtee (1897-1963), American Hall of Fame jockey
Linus Roache, actor
Linus Thörnblad (born 1985), Swedish high jumper

Pop Culture References for the Name Linus

Linus Larrabee, character played by Humphrey Bogart and Harrison Ford in the 1954 and 1995 versions of Sabrina.
Linus Van Pelt, character in the "Peanuts" comic strip by Charles M. Schultz
Linus, character in Sharkboy And Lavagirl
Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon), a young and talented pickpocket in Oceans 11
Linus (mythology), any of three sons of Apollo
Ben Linus, in the US television show Lost
Linus Rawlings, in How the West Was Won (film), played by James Stewart
Linus, indie/riot grrrl band
Linus, Italian magazine published since 1965
Linus, moon of the asteroid 22 Kalliope
Linus, one of the lost operas by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Linus Entertainment, Canadian record label
(Like) Linus, the Deftones' first demo tape
Linus Airways, regional airline in Indonesia that ceased operations in 2009
Linus Pauling Quartet, Houston psychedelic rock band
Linus' law, named for Linus Torvalds, states that "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow"

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