What a weirdly timed reply. Exactly one year later!
The name was meant to evoke all those comparisons (Van Pelt, Torvalds, Pauling...) You can imagine Gav pronounces it "Lie-nus" while Danny or Aamu says "Lee-nus." You could say the "right" namesake is Van Pelt because Gav "named" him, but if you go back to the origins, you'll see that Gav claims Linus told him his name:http://www.nukees.com/d/20000225.html
Of course, Linus doesn't talk...
I'll leave it at that.