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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
Linus Roache, actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Linus

Linus, character played by Jimmy Stewart in epic western film "How The West Was Won"

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

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