are used in the country of Finland in northern Europe.
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As a Finnish surname, it is derived from Finnish aho
"glade", "forest clearing". It was also formerly a popular ornamental name in Northern Finland, especially among Swedes living there. It is now a 'protected' surname in Finland, which means someone may only bear it via birthright or marriage.... [more]
A combination of Finnish aho
"meadow" and the common surname suffix -nen
Borne by Martti Oiva Kalevi Ahtisaari, a Finnish politician, the tenth President of Finland (1994–2000), a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and a United Nations diplomat and mediator noted for his international peace work.
Could be a habitational name from a place so named in southern Finland.
GADOLIN Finnish (Rare)
Derived from the name of the homestead Magnula in Kalanti (formerly Nykyrko) parish in southwest Finland. Magnula is thought to be associated with Latin magnus
"large, big, great" and the name Gadolin is derived from Hebrew gadol
with the same meaning... [more]
Means "place with aspens" or "group of aspens". This name comes from a combination of haapa
, "aspen", and the suffix -sto
which is used for places and groups of things.
Means "esker", a long ridge formed by a river flowing underneath a glacier. Eskers made of gravel are common in Finland.
HARMA Finnish, Estonian
Anglicized form of either Härma
. The former is a locational surname referring to places in Estonia and Finland. The latter means 'gray' in Finnish.
Finnish. Topographical, (haute) meaning, “graves, tomb” combined with (la) meaning “abode, home, or land of….”
Finnish. Topographical, (haute) meaning, “graves, tomb” combined with (maa) meaning, “country.”
Finnish for "GRAVESHILL;" possibly cemetery or simply a person who lived near graves on a hill. hauta ("grave") & mäki ("hill")
Finnish. (hieta) meaning, “fine-sand” combined with (la) meaning, “abode, house, place, or land of….”
Finnish. (hieta) meaning, “fine-sand” combined with (maa) meaning, “country.”
From the Karelian given name Hokka
(a derivative of Russian FOKA
) combined with the Finnish surname suffix -nen
The name Holappa has its origin in a Russian word holop which means “slave” or “soul” (see “Dead Souls” by Nikolai Gogol). The first Holappas came from behind the Russian border around the 1500 to Swedish side, to the area that would later become Finland... [more]
huhta (“woodland cleared for slash-and-burn cultivation”) + mäki (“hill”)
Ancient Finnish surname derived from the name of an estate located in Rusko, Finland. Today used as a surname, also part of the city of Turku, Finland. Original meaning: a vigorous well.
Means "rock" in Finnish (as in a formation of solid rock, not a piece of stone). Common, is in the top 50 surnames. KYÖSTI
Kallio was the fourth president of Finland.
Finnish from karja
‘cattle’ + the local suffix -la
, or possibly from a word of Germanic origin, harja-
‘host’, ‘crowd’, Old Swedish haer
. Historic records suggest that the Germanic inhabitants of the area around Lake Ladoga (in present-day Russia) used this term to refer to the Finns who once lived there.
Means "Karelian, a person from Karelia" in Finnish. Derived from Finnish Karjala
"Karelia". Karelia is an area on the border between Finland and Russia.
Finnish for common juniper. Originally given to people living near juniper trees.
Possibly from Keräpää
, a nickname for a bald person or someone with a round head and/or with closely cropped hair, combined with the common surname suffix -nen
. In eastern Finland the name dates back to the 16th century.
Uncertain origin. The first part, kinnu
, is possibly derived from Swedish skinn
"(animal) skin". -nen
is a common surname suffix in Finland.
A combination of Finnish kivi
"stone, rock" and the suffix -stö
from the Finnish root word Kohva - meaning ice crust, frozen slush, or something hard... [more]
From "koivu" meaning "birch tree". A place with lot of birches.
, a marsh type, and -la
, a suffix used for places. This surname was found in Lapua, Vassa, Finland, circa 1900 and before.
‘valley’, generally an ornamental name adopted during the name conversion movement of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Often, it was adopted by Finnish bearers of Swedish names containing the Swedish element dal
A combination of Finnish lahti
"bay" and the common surname suffix -nen
From Finnish word lampi
which means "pond" or "pool". There is almost 2000 Finns and 127 people from other countries with this name.
Finnish: from lehto ‘grove’; either a habitational name, recorded since the 17th century, from any of the farms in eastern Finland named for their location by a grove, or in other cases a more recent ornamental adoption... [more]
Lehto means "grove" and Mäki means "hill" in Finnish. This type of surname (combination of two nature related words) is very common in Finland.
Luhtanen is an Finnish surname derived from "luhta" meaning "swamp flood meadow".
A name derived from the Finnish topographic word luomi, meaning "creek" or "small river". Common in central and western Finland.
Finnish surname from the word mäki
Derived from the given name MARTTI
and the name suffix -nen
, which is sometimes patronymic. John Morton (1725-1777), Pennsylvania/American politician and signer of the Declaration of Independence, was descended from a Marttinen family whose name had been anglicized as MORTON
Finnish surname derived from metsä meaning forest and niemi meaning peninsula.
It derives from the Finnish word for the colour "black", musta
From Finnish word 'neva', which is a marsh type and '-la', a suffix used for places.
OJALA Estonian, Finnish
meaning ‘ditch’, ‘channel’ + the local suffix -la, a habitational name from any of the numerous farms so named throughout Finland, early settlement of the country having been concentrated along waterways... [more]
Borne by the title character in Bertolt Brecht's play 'Mr. Puntila and his Man Matti' (1948), set in Finland in the 1920s.
A family name first registered in the form Radikain in the 16th or 17th century. Derives from the German man's name KONRAD
which in Finland was shortened to Radi.
From an unexplained personal name (possibly of Russian Orthodox origin) + the common surname suffix -nen. It occurs chiefly in central and eastern Finland.
Rajaniemi: The last name of a group of people who live in Finland. Some live in the United States when their ancestors immigrated to the US in the early 1900's.
A combination of Finnish ranta
"beach, shore" and the common surname suffix -nen
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... [more]
A rare Finnish surname combining the word for gunpowder, "ruuti", and the common surname ending -nen. The 2017 Finnish population register indicates there are 106 Ruutikainens alive in Finland, and some sites estimate there are another ten abroad... [more]
A combination of Finnish saari
"island" and the common surname suffix -nen
A combination of Finnish salmi
"strait" and the common surname suffix -nen
, meaning forest or island, and the common surname suffix 'nen' (meaning unknown).
Combined from 'santa', meaning "sand", and '-la', a suffix indicating a place.
Derived from Finnish savi
"clay". Savela is also a place in Helsinki and Jyväskylä.
Means "Savonian, person from Savonia". Savonia is a historical province in eastern Finland.
Comes from the finnish word "suo" which means swamp, and directly translated "suokas" means "swampy". This surname originally came from Karelian Isthmus, Sakkola, that in nowadays belongs to Russia... [more]
Means "Finn, person from Finland" in Finnish. A combination of Soumi
"Finland" and the suffix -lainen
that combined with a place name, forms the noun for the inhabitant of a place.
Ethnic name from Finnish Suomi meaning "Finland". At one time this term denoted only southwestern Finland, but nowadays it is the national name for the whole of Finland. As a surname it is mostly an adopted name during the names conversion movement at the beginning of the 20th century.
Suomi is the real, Finnish language name for Finland. The -nen ending can be translated as "little" or "of something" (Suominen="of Finland") but is in Finland mostly seen just as a typical ending for surnames, without any actual meaning.
My grandmother was from Finland was as is many generations according to her. Descendants are still located in Musta Jarva, near Ruovesi.
Means "The road's mouth". Tien means "the road" and Suu means "mouth" in Finnish.
TOPELIUS Finnish (Rare), Swedish (Rare)
Latinized form of the Finnish place name Toppila in Ostrobothnia, Finland. Zachris Topelius (1818-1898) was a Swedish-speaking Finnish author, journalist, and historian.
Famous bearer: Linus Torvalds, inventor of the Linux kernel.
From 'turku', an archaic word for a marketplace (tori in modern Finnish), and the common surname suffix 'nen'.
Topographic name from väisä meaning either meaning "road" or "sign placed on the ice" + the common surname suffix -nen.
From the Finnish valkea
meaning "white", and pää
meaning "head" or "tip".
Ornamental, from (vaara) meaning, “range of hills.”
Wickström is a Finnish family, originally from Swedish speaking Ostrobothnia associated with the production of automobiles and marine engines.
From virta ‘stream’, used as a topographic name, also as a soldier’s name in the 17th century. Also adopted as an ornamental name, especially in western and southern Finland.