Linus Origin and Meaning

The name Linus is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "flax".

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 Oceans movies.

Linus is currently in or around the Top 50 in Germany, Sweden and Norway, and is one of the most popular boys' names on Nameberry.

# 954 in the US

Linus Rank in US Top 1000

# 423 on Nameberry

Linus Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Linus Popularity

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Famous People Named Linus

  • Linussecond Pope
  • Linus YaleSr. (1797,1858), American inventor; manufacturer of locks
  • Linus YaleJr. (1821,1868), American mechanical engineer
  • Linus William Roache (born 1964)English actor
  • Linus Torvalds (born 1969)Finnish,American software engineer
  • Linus Pauling (19011994), American chemist and peace activist
  • Linus of Liege aka Francis LineJesuit priest and scientist
  • Linus B. Comins. U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
  • Linus Reinhard "Lonny" FreyAmerican baseball player America nbaseball player
  • Linus GerdemannGerman professional road bicycle racer
  • J. Linus McAteeAmerican Hall of Fame jockey
  • Linus ThornbladSwedish high jumper
  • Linus SebastianCanadian YouTube star
  • Linus Maurerreal life California cartoonist, whose served as the inspiration for the name of
  • the character of Linus van Pelt in the Peanuts comic strip
  • Linus Maurer was called the "Real life Linus"

Linus in Pop Culture

  • Linus Larrabeecharacter in film "Sabrina"
  • Linus Van Peltcharacter in the "Peanuts" comic strip and films
  • Linuscharacter in film "Sharkboy And Lavagirl"
  • Linus Caldwellcharacter in the Ocean's 11 films
  • Linusson of Apollo in Greek mythology
  • Linus Rawlingscharacter in film "How the West Was Won"
  • Ben Linuscharacter on TV's "Lost"
  • Linusindie/riot grrrl band
  • LinusItalian magazine published since 1965
  • Linusone of the lost operas by Jean,Philippe Rameau
  • Linus Pauling QuartetHouston psychedelic rock band
  • Linus' lawnamed for Linus Torvalds, states that "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow"
  • Linuscharacter in the video game "Stardew Valley"
  • Linusextraterrestrial character, male Saurian Starfleet Officer on the USS Discovery on
  • TV series Star Trek: Discoveryplayed by David Benjamin Tomlinson

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