- Origin: Welsh
- Meaning: “linnet; finch.”
- Gender: feminine
- Approx Phonetic Pronunciation: (she-nose)
- (North Wales) IPA:ˈɬɪnɔs/
- (South Wales) IPA: /ˈɬiːnɔs/, /ˈɬɪnɔs/
The name comes directly from the Welsh word for the linnet or finch bird.
The name came first into use in Wales in the 1880s. It is sometimes listed as a unisex names on other sites, but I have not come across any records of this being used on males in my own research. It was likely a name that came into use when Welsh revivalism became popular in the late 1800s, however, its use could have hypothetically been used in Medieval or pre-Christian Wales, I just cannot locate records indicating such.