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What does Linus mean?

Linus [li-nus] as a boys' name is pronounced LYE-nus. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Linus is "flax".

From Linos. Biblical: a Christian companion to Paul in Rome. Greek mythology: Linus is the musician son of Apollo. In modern times, Linus has been made familiar by the child character in Charles Schulz's cartoon "Peanuts". Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling; actor Linus Roache.

Associated with: greek, flax, biblical, mythology, modern, prize (gift), winner (champion).


Linus has 2 variants: Lino and Linos.

Related boy name: Linn.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Lawnus, Lounus, ..

(female) Line, Liney, ..

How popular is Linus?

Linus is an unusual first name for men. Linus is an uncommon last name too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the baby name statistics of Linus for boys. Linus reached its highest rank of #955 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, and is at #1149 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Linus name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Linus outside U.S.

Lino and Linn are the popular varying forms of Linus (#1149 the previous year). These relations of Linus were popular as birth names presently (median #1716).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Linus, Linn, Lino in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Linus outside U.S.

Similar Names


Linus is alike in pronunciation to Leonis. Other suggested similar names are Firus, Janus, Lexus, Lin, Linc, Lind, Lindo, Lindsy, Lindy, Link, Linly, Linzy, Lugus, Manus, Pincus, Pinkus, Pius, Rinus, Titus and Vitus. These names tend to be more frequently used than Linus.