Linas is a common given name among male people of Lithuanian descent. It is the Lithuanian form of the name Linus which is derived from the ancient Greek name Linos that meant flax. Its female form is Lina.
Lithuanian children are traditionally given one pagan name and one Christian name; thus Linas is the given pagan name, in honor of Linai, the name of the flax or linseed plant, from which linen is spun.
Traditional Lithuanian folk clothing is made primarily of woven linen cloth as was all European cloth used in summer before synthetic fibers. The same Proto-Indo-European root lin- also appears in the words linseed oil and linoleum.
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