Finnish Surnames

Finnish names are used in the country of Finland in northern Europe.
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AALTO Finnish
From Finnish aalto meaning "wave". A famous bearer was Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898-1976).
HARMAAJÄRVI Finnish
Means "grey lake" in Finnish.
HEIKKI Finnish
From the given name HEIKKI.
JÄRVI Finnish
Means "lake" in Finnish.
JÄRVINEN Finnish
Derived from Finnish järvi meaning "lake". It is one of the most common surnames in Finland.
JOKELA Finnish
Derived from Finnish joki "river".
JOKINEN Finnish
Derived from Finnish joki "river".
KARPPINEN Finnish
From karppi which means "carp".
KORHONEN Finnish
Possibly from archaic Finnish korho meaning "deaf, hard of hearing".
KULMALA Finnish
Means "corner", with suffix -la giving an idea of a place. The name was originally given to a house or a place.
LAAKSONEN Finnish
Derived from Finnish laakso "valley".
LAHTI Finnish
Means "bay, cove" in Finnish.
LAUKKANEN Finnish
Finnish surname which means "he who gallops, takes big steps".
LEHTONEN Finnish
Derived from Finnish lehto meaning "grove".
LINNA Finnish
Means "castle". A famous namesake in Finland is Väinö Linna (1920-1992), author of 'The Unknown Soldier'.
MÄKELÄ Finnish
Means "the place of the hill" in Finnish.
MÄKINEN Finnish
Derived from Finnish mäki meaning "hill".
MUSTONEN Finnish
Derived from Finnish musta meaning "black".
NIEMINEN Finnish
Derived from Finnish niemi meaning "peninsula".
NIKULA Finnish
From the given name Niku, a Finnish form of NICHOLAS, combined with the local suffix -la. It is common nowadays in western Finland.
NURMI Finnish
From a Finnish word meaning "meadow". It was the surname of the athlete Paavo Nurmi (1897-1973).
NYLUND Finnish, Swedish
From the Swedish-speaking south of Finland, directly from Swedish ny "new" and lund "grove".
PAJARI Finnish
Means "boyar", the Finnish form of the Russian noble title боярин (boyarin).
PARTANEN Finnish
Derived from Finnish parta meaning "beard".
PEKKANEN Finnish
Derived from the given name PEKKA.
PENTTI Finnish
Derived from the given name PENTTI.
PEURA Finnish
Means "deer" in Finnish.
RANTA Finnish
Originally indicated a person who lived near the shore, from Finnish ranta meaning "shore, beach".
RAUTIO Finnish
Means "smith" in Finnish.
RINNE (2) Finnish
Means "hillside" in Finnish.
RUOHO Finnish
Means "grass" in Finnish.
RUOTSALAINEN Finnish
Means "Swede" in Finnish.
SAARI Finnish
From Finnish saari meaning "island".
SEPPÄ Finnish
Means "smith" in Finnish.
SEPPÄNEN Finnish
Patronymic form of SEPPÄ.
TÄHTINEN Finnish
Derived from the given name TÄHTI.
TAKALA Finnish
Means "(dweller in the) back", probably denoting someone who lived in a remote area, from Finnish taka.
TOIVONEN Finnish
Derived from the given name TOIVO.
VANHANEN Finnish
From Finnish vanha meaning "old".
VENÄLÄINEN Finnish
Means "Russian" in Finnish. This name was originally used by the ethnic Finns who lived on the Russian side of the border.
VIRTANEN Finnish
Derived from Finnish virta meaning "stream".