From the Greek name Λινος (Linos)
meaning "flax". In Greek legend he was the son of the god Apollo
, who accidentally killed him in a contest. Another son of Apollo by this name was the music teacher of Herakles
. The name was also borne by the second pope, serving after Saint Peter
in the 1st century. In modern times it was the name of a character in Charles Schulz's comic strip 'Peanuts'.