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

The name Linus is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "flax". Linus and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Make suggestions based on previous person's signature".

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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.

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Famous People Named Linus

Linus, second Pope
Linus Yale, Sr. (1797-1858), American inventor; manufacturer of locks
Linus Yale, Jr. (1821-1868), American mechanical engineer
Linus William Roache (born 1964), English actor
Linus Torvalds (born 1969), Finnish-American software engineer
Linus Pauling (1901-1994), American chemist and peace activist
Linus of Liege aka Francis Line, Jesuit priest and scientist
Linus B. Comins. U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
Linus Reinhard "Lonny" Frey, American baseball player America nbaseball player
Linus Gerdemann, German professional road bicycle racer
J. Linus McAtee, American Hall of Fame jockey
Linus Thornblad, Swedish high jumper
Linus Sebastian, Canadian YouTube star

Pop Culture References for the name Linus

Linus Larrabee, character in film "Sabrina"
Linus Van Pelt, character in the "Peanuts" comic strip and films
Linus, character in film "Sharkboy And Lavagirl"
Linus Caldwell, character in the Ocean's 11 films
Linus, son of Apollo in Greek mythology
Linus Rawlings, character in film "How the West Was Won"
Ben Linus, character on TV's "Lost"
Linus, indie/riot grrrl band
Linus, Italian magazine published since 1965
Linus, one of the lost operas by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Linus Pauling Quartet, Houston psychedelic rock band
Linus' law, named for Linus Torvalds, states that "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow"
Linus, character in the video game "Stardew Valley"

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