GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: Biblical
OTHER SCRIPTS: פִּינְחָס (Ancient Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: FIN-ee-əs (English)  [details]

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.
VARIANT: Phineas
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Phinees (Biblical Greek), Pinchas (Biblical Hebrew), Finees (Biblical Latin), Pinchas (Hebrew)


animals, biblical, fauna, nationalities, nature, snakes, uncertain etymology
Entry updated July 11, 2018