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What does Phineas mean?

Phineas /phi-neas/ as a boys' name. Possibly from the Hebrew name Pinchas, meaning "oracle". The literal meaning of the source form is "serpent's mouth", and indicates a type of oracle. The name may also derive from an ancient Egyptian name, Panhsj, meaning "the Nubian". Showman Phineas T. Barnum; violinist Pinchas Zuckerman.

Associated with: oracle (prophet), ancient


Phineas has 8 variants: Fineas, Phinehas, Pincas, Pinchas, Pinchos, Pincus, Pinhas and Pinkus.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Paneas, Parneas, ..

(female) Phinah, Phine, ..

How popular is Phineas?

Phineas is an unusual first name for males. Phineas is also an uncommon surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)


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

Displayed below is the baby name history of Phineas for boys. Phineas reached its peak rank of #1248 in the U.S. in 2010, and is currently at #1531. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Aeneas, Aenneas, Aineas, Aineias, Ainneas, Eneas, Enneas, Paine, Philips, Phinean, Phinian, Phipps, Phips (see Phipps), Phons (see Alphonse) and Piers. Like Phineas, these names are not commonly used.