Phineas, Phineus

Phineas is a male name of uncertain meaning and etymology. It’s been linked to Hebrew meaning “serpent’s mouth” or “oracle”, as well as Ancient Egyptian meaning “the Nubian”. Spelled Phineus, it’s a Greek name borne by several figures in Greek mythology. The most notable bearer is a king of Thrace who features in the Argonautica, a Greek epic poem written about Jason and the Argonauts. This Phineus is either the son of Agenor or Poseidon, god of the sea, who had the gift of foresight and was blinded because he revealed too much of the gods’ plans (though there are different versions of how he became blind). The Argonauts came upon him on an island and agreed to help them on their voyage if they helped him get rid of the Harpies that were constanty harassing him by eating his food everytime he tried to eat. The meaning behind the name is unknown as well, though I’ve seen it listed as possibly meaning “vulture” or it might be composed from Greek elements iphios (strong, stout) and noûs (mind, reason, understanding) so essentially meaning “strong mind” or “strong understanding”.

Origin: Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Greek

Variants:

  • Phinehas (Biblical)
  • Phinees (Biblical Greek)
  • Pinchas (Hebrew)
  • Finees (Biblical Latin)

 

Female forms:

  • Phinea

 

Izumi

Izumi is a Japanese unisex name though it seems to be more common for women than men. It has a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as 泉 “spring, fountain water” (used for both sexes); 一角 “one + corner, edge; horn, antler; character, part, role”; 五巳 “five + sign of the Snake”; 五澄 “five + clear, pure”; 五美 “five + beauty, beautiful”; 泉美 “spring, fountain water + beauty, beautiful”; 泉水 “spring, fountain water + water”; while for men the kanji used is: 一弥 “one + cross, extend over”; 委清 “committee + clear, pure”; and 泉三 “spring, fountain + three”; 和泉 “peace, harmony + spring, fountain water”; though there are other meanings depending on the kanji.

Izumi is also a surname, used with the kanji 泉 “spring, fountain water”, though there could be other meanings depending on the kanji used.

Origin: Japanese

 

Linda

Origin: Germanic, Spanish, Portuguese

Meaning: Linda was originally a short form of Germanic element linde or lindi meaning “soft, tender” or “linden tree, lime tree” though it could also be associated with Germanic lind meaning “serpent, dragon, snake”.

Linda is also the Spanish and Portuguese word for “beautiful”.

Linda is also the name of the mother of Kalevipoeg in Estonian mythology.

Variants:

  • Lynda
  • Lindy
  • Lindi
  • Lindie
  • Lind
  • Linza (Old Germanic form of Linda)