Of Greek origin.
From the Greek name “Λίνος” (Linos), meaning “flax”.
Feminine names associated with Linos are Linnet, Lynnette, etc.
Linos is a highly meaningful name.
Flax is a food and fiber cloth. Textiles made of flax are known as “linen”. The “linseed oil” is produced from the dried seeds of the flax.
Therefore the name Linos is metaphorically associated with nutrition and protection.
Linos is mentioned in different Greek myths as being a very handsome young man, and a great musician.
According to the Theban myth, Linos invented the “Linos song” and was killed by god Apollo because he dared considered himself equal to the god.
According to the Argive myth, Linos was left exposed at birth and killed by stray dogs. Then his father, the god Apollo, unleashed an avenging spirit to snatch youngsters of Argos town, in order to revenge his son’s death.
Linos’ death at an early age caused the lament of all the Muses.
Other sources mention that the “Linos song” was the source of inspiration for the myths that were created about Linos.
According to this, the song was named after the grief recitation in the beginning and at the end of the song and it was the power of the song that created the myth of Linos and not the character that invented the song.
Linos is also mentioned as Hercules’ music teacher and the inventor of the three-string lyre instrument.
Variants of the name are Linus, Lino, Linas.