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Type Surname (from occupation)
Usage Finnish
Pronounced Pron. RRUSILU  [key]

Meaning & History

A variant of the finnish word (rasi) for a forest that has been cleared for slash and burn but has not yet been burnt for agricultural means. The suffix "-la" is usually added to the stem of the word to indicate a location. In this occasion, I reckon, that "Rasila" indicates a person who got his/her living out of agricultural way that utilized slash and burn of forests.
Added 12/11/2011 by anonymous