GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: Biblical
OTHER SCRIPTS: פִּינְחָס (Ancient Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: FIN-ee-əs (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
Probably means "Nubian" from the Egyptian name Panhsj, though some believe it means "serpent's mouth" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament Phinehas is a grandson of Aaron who kills an Israelite because he is intimate with a Midianite woman, thus stopping a plague sent by God. Also in the Bible this is the son of Eli, killed in battle with the Philistines.
Related Names
VARIANT: Phineas
OTHER LANGUAGES: Phinees (Biblical Greek), Pinchas (Biblical Hebrew), Finees (Biblical Latin), Pinchas (Hebrew)