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The most famous bearer of the name that I know of is Phineas Taylor Barnum aka P.T. Barnum of circus fame.
drakkon  12/5/2004
Name of an All-American character in John Knowles' A Separate Peace.
fjensen1980  2/25/2005
In the Harry Potter series Phineas Nigellus Black is Sirius Black's grandfather.
HebrideanBlack  8/15/2005
Phineas Black is one of three sons of Phineas Nigellus Black in the Harry Potter series.
Jeana Bradbury  2/20/2006
To correct a comment above, Phineas Nigellus Black is actually Sirius Black's great-great-grandfather.
Marauder  11/9/2006
I've also heard that this name means "Oracle". (Which, when seeing that on this site one of the meanings is "Serpent's Mouth", makes sense.)
elphineas  8/18/2005
Phineas Gage was a railroad worker who had a 3 foot steel rod blown through his skull and survived. His case led to new insights into how the human brain works.
Spyder1jcd  9/3/2005
Who the heck would name their kid Phineas. Come on Julia Roberts, get real.
― Anonymous User  9/3/2005
I think Phineas makes a great and perfectly respectable middle name.
lucie  9/21/2005
Love this name! I much prefer this spelling over the other (with the second "h"). The moniker Phin/Finn is a fantastic nickname for a little boy. Too cute. :-)
― Anonymous User  2/18/2006
Phineas T. Bluster, mayor of Doodyville on the old children's show Howdy Doody.
Kosta  5/25/2006
This is a really nice name (ignore Harry Potter and Julia Roberts). It's formal enough that he won't be embarrassed by it when he's an adult, but it's easy to familiarly nickname. One of the most attractive characters in American literature bears this name (John Knowles's A Separate Peace).
― Anonymous User  6/20/2006
I love the name. I simply love it. It's not too cute but not too strange either. Well, it depends on taste, as always ;). To me, it's a go-for-it name.
LoQuiero  12/13/2007
The full name of musical artist Dr. Steel is Phineas Waldolf Steel.
msr.iaidoka  1/5/2008
Wonderful name. I read "A Separate Piece" 10 years ago and loved Phineas' (Finny) character. Very dynamic.
oopy  2/8/2008
Actually, the book was called "A Separate Peace".
― Anonymous User  2/26/2009
Phineas Flynn is the nine-year-old star of Disney's TV show "Phineas And Ferb". He is played by Vincent Martella.
Sophannagh  7/29/2008
It is nice, but it only fits a little boy.
Alora  1/2/2010
Isn't Phineas the name of the hero in Jules Verne's 'Around the world in 80 days?'
Anton  3/11/2010
It sounds hopelessly old-fashioned and pretentious, and it has the unfortunate association with P. T. Barnum. I dislike the misspellings of this name as well.
bananarama  4/9/2010
I LOVE this name! I don't know why, cause I don't think it's a name I would normally like, but I just do! It's mature enough so that it would follow him into adulthood, while Finn/Finny would also make a cute nickname for it when he's little... :D I think I'm going to call my son this someday.
― Anonymous User  11/23/2010
I think this is a really ugly name. I can't find out for the life of me why it's so trendy.
Chrila96  12/3/2010
I've been seeing a lot of negative comments about this name! :( It actually happens to be my favorite boy's name! It's so nice to say it/hear it said. It would age well with a person. I think the nickname Finny is very cute (on a little boy). And the name isn't overly common either; I think a little boy called Phineas would be refreshing to see among all the other little Aidans and Jacks. I simply adore the name, and will give it to my first son, provided I ever have a son.
Nina.Matau  1/20/2011
I don't dislike this name, I just can't imagine it on an actual person. It's too funny. A child with the name "Phineas" today would be constantly teased, and the very popular childrens' television program Phineas and Ferb doesn't help that.
― Anonymous User  4/13/2013
The name Phineas was given to 96 baby boys born in the U.S. in 2013.
hkols  11/2/2014
Phineas on a young man sounds mature and refined. I enjoy the pronunciation too.
solavibus  12/23/2015
When I hear this name, I think of a riverboat gambler.
blackiesunshine  12/7/2016

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