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Subject: Re: Laitinen (Finnish)
Author: Kevlar   (Authenticated as Kevlar)
Date: June 6, 2008 at 12:38 PM
Reply to: Laitinen (Finnish) by Satu

My guess would have been that the surname Laitinen comes from Finnish laita, 'edge', but the book Sukunimet tells me that Laitinen has its roots in a Germanic given name. This name had the forms Laitha, Laitu, Lethu, Ledi and Leda in Old High German, and Ledhe and Lete in Old Swedish.

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