Finnish Surnames - Other

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Surnames/Finnish Surnames/Finnish Surnames - Other

Finnish surnames which are not related to given names (see Finnish Surnames - Given Names) usually derive from farm names, other place names or nicknames:


A

  • Aalto - Finnish aalto = 'wave'
  • Aaltonen - Finnish aalto = 'wave'
  • Aho - Finnish aho = 'glade'
  • Ahola - Finnish aho = 'glade'
  • Ahonen - Finnish aho = 'glade'
  • Alatalo - Finnish ala = 'lower' and talo = 'house'
  • Arola - Finnish aro = 'steppe'

H

  • Haapala - Finnish haapa = 'aspen'
  • Haapalainen - Finnish haapa = 'aspen'
  • Hakala - Finnish haka = 'pasture'
  • Harju - Finnish harju = 'esker'
  • Harjula - Finnish harju = 'esker'
  • Harmaajärvi - Finnish harmaa = 'grey' and järvi = 'lake'
  • Hautala - Finnish hauta = 'pit'
  • Hietala - Finnish hieta = 'fine sand'
  • Hirvonen - Finnish hirvi = 'elk'
  • Honkala - Finnish honka = 'pine tree'
  • Honkanen - Finnish honka = 'pine tree'
  • Huhtala - Finnish huhta = 'cleared woodland'
  • Huttunen - Finnish huttu = 'porridge'
  • Häkkinen - Finnish häkki = 'ox'
  • Hämäläinen - from Häme

I

  • Ilves - Finnish ilves = 'Lynx'
  • Isotalo - Finnish iso = 'big' and talo = 'house'

J

  • Joensuu - Finnish joensuu = 'river mouth'
  • Jokela - Finnish joki = 'river'
  • Jokelainen - Finnish joki = 'river'
  • Jokinen - Finnish joki = 'river'
  • Joutsen - Finnish joutsen = 'swan'
  • Järvelä - Finnish järvi = 'lake'
  • Järveläinen - Finnish järvi = 'lake'
  • Järvenpää - Finnish järvenpää = 'river's end'
  • Järvi - Finnish järvi = 'lake'
  • Järvinen - Finnish järvi = 'lake'

K

  • Kallio - Finnish kallio = 'rock'
  • Kanerva - Finnish kanerva = 'heather'
  • Kare - Finnish kare = 'ripple'
  • Kari - Finnish kari = 'skerry'
  • Karjalainen - from Karelia
  • Karppinen - Finnish karppi = 'trader in the Hanseatic League', 'German'
  • Keskitalo - Finnish keski = 'middle' and talo = 'house'
  • Ketola - Finnish keto = 'pasture'
  • Kettunen - Finnish kettu = 'fox'
  • Kivelä - Finnish kivi = 'stone'
  • Kivi - Finnish kivi = 'stone'
  • Kivimäki - Finnish kivimäki = 'stone hill'
  • Kivinen - Finnish kivi = 'stone'
  • Koivisto - Finnish koivisto = 'birch forest'
  • Koivu - Finnish koivu = 'birch'
  • Koivula - Finnish koivu = 'birch'
  • Kokko - Finnish kokko = 'eagle'
  • Kokkonen - Finnish kokko = 'eagle'
  • Korhonen - Finnish korho = 'deaf' or 'proud'
  • Korpela - Finnish korpi = 'deep forest'
  • Koskela - Finnish koski = 'rapids'
  • Koski - Finnish koski = 'rapids'
  • Koskinen - Finnish koski = 'rapids'
  • Kotka - Finnish kotka = 'eagle'
  • Kujala - Finnish kuja = 'alley'
  • Kukkonen - Finnish kukko = 'cock'
  • Kulmala - Finnish kulma = 'corner'
  • Kumpulainen - Finnish kumpu = 'hummock'
  • Kuoppala - Finnish kuoppa = 'pit'
  • Kuusela - Finnish kuusi = 'spruce'
  • Kärkkäinen - Finnish kärkäs = 'eager'

L

  • Laakonen - Finnish laakso = 'valley'
  • Laakso - Finnish laakso = 'valley'
  • Laaksonen - Finnish laakso = 'valley'
  • Lahti - Finnish lahti = 'bay'
  • Lahtinen - Finnish lahti = 'bay'
  • Laine - Finnish laine = 'wave'
  • Lappalainen - from Lappi
  • Lappi - Finnish Lappi = 'Lappi'
  • Latvala - Finnish latva = 'headwaters'
  • Laukkanen - Finnish laukka = 'gallop'
  • Lehtinen - Finnish lehti = 'leaf'
  • Lehto - Finnish lehto = 'grove'
  • Lehtola - Finnish lehto = 'grove'
  • Lehtonen - Finnish lehto = 'grove'
  • Leppälä - Finnish leppä = 'alder'
  • Leppänen - Finnish leppä = 'alder'
  • Linna - Finnish linna = 'castle'
  • Luoma - Finnish luoma = 'brook'

M

  • Meri - Finnish meri = 'sea'
  • Mustonen - Finnish musta = 'black'
  • Mäenpää - Finnish mäen = 'hill's' and pää = 'crest'
  • Mäkelä - Finnish mäki = 'hill'
  • Mäkeläinen - Finnish mäki = 'hill'
  • Mäki - Finnish mäki = 'hill'
  • Mäkilä - Finnish mäki = 'hill'
  • Mäkinen - Finnish mäki = 'hill'
  • Mäkitalo - Finnish mäki = 'hill' and talo = 'house'
  • Mäntylä - Finnish mänty = 'pine tree'

N

  • Nevalainen - Finnish neva = 'swamp'
  • Niemelä - Finnish niemi = 'cape'
  • Niemi - Finnish niemi = 'cape'
  • Nieminen - Finnish niemi = 'cape'
  • Niskala - Finnish niska = 'source' (of a river) or 'crest' (of a hill) or 'neck'
  • Niskanen - Finnish niska = 'source' (of a river) or 'crest' (of a hill) or 'neck'
  • Nurmi - Finnish nurmi = 'meadow', 'lawn'
  • Nurminen - Finnish nurmi = 'meadow', 'lawn'

O

  • Oiva - Finnish oiva = 'excellent'
  • Ojala - Finnish oja = 'ditch'
  • Oksanen - Finnish oksa = 'branch'

P

  • Pajari - Finnish pajari = 'boyar' (Russian noble)
  • Palo - Finnish palo = 'burnt-out clearing in the woods'
  • Partanen - Finnish parta = 'beard'
  • Peltola - Finnish pelto = 'field'
  • Peltonen - Finnish pelto = 'field'
  • Peura - Finnish peura = 'reindeer'
  • Pitkänen - Finnish pitkä = 'tall'
  • Puujalka - Finnish puujalka = 'wooden leg'

R

  • Raita - Finnish raita = 'willow'
  • Rajala - Finnish raja = 'border'
  • Ranta - Finnish ranta = 'shore'
  • Rantala - Finnish ranta = 'shore'
  • Rantanen - Finnish ranta = 'shore'
  • Rautio - Finnish rautio = 'smith'
  • Repo - Finnish repo = 'fox'
  • Rinne - Finnish rinne = 'hillside'
  • Ruoho - Finnish ruoho = 'grass'
  • Ruotsalainen - Finnish ruotsalainen = 'Swede'

S

  • Saarela - Finnish saari = 'island'
  • Saari - Finnish saari = 'island'
  • Saarinen - Finnish saari = 'island'
  • Salmela - Finnish salmi = 'sound', 'inlet'
  • Salmi - Finnish salmi = 'sound', 'inlet'
  • Salminen - Finnish salmi = 'sound', 'inlet'
  • Salo - Finnish salo = 'wooded island', 'wild forest'
  • Salonen - Finnish salo = 'wooded island', 'wild forest'
  • Savela - Finnish savi = 'clay'
  • Savolainen - from Savo
  • Seppä - Finnish seppä = 'smith', 'blacksmith'
  • Seppänen - Finnish seppä = 'smith', 'blacksmith'
  • Siltala - Finnish silta = 'bridge'
  • Suomalainen - Finnish suomalainen = 'Finn'

T

  • Takala - Finnish taka = 'backside'
  • Tammi - Finnish tammi = 'oak'
  • Tamminen - Finnish tammi = 'oak'
  • Tanner - Finnish tanner = 'field', 'ground'
  • Terho - Finnish terho = 'acorn'
  • Tikkanen - Finnish tikka = 'woodpecker'
  • Toivanen - Finnish toivo = 'hope'
  • Tuomela - Finnish tuomi = 'bird-cherry'
  • Tuominen - Finnish tuomi = 'bird-cherry'

U

  • Uljas - Finnish uljas = 'valiant'
  • Uusitalo - Finnish uusi = 'new' and talo = 'house'

V/W

  • Vainio - Finnish vainio = 'field'
  • Vanhanen - Finnish vanha = 'old'
  • Vanhatalo - Finnish vanha = 'old' and talo = 'house'
  • Varma - Finnish varma = 'sure', 'certain'
  • Vartijainen = Finnish vartija = 'guard' (see also VARD)
  • Venäläinen - Finnish venäläinen = 'Russian'
  • Vepsäläinen = from Veps
  • Vesa - Finnish vesa = 'young tree'
  • Viitala - Finnish viita = 'thicket'
  • Viitanen - Finnish viita = 'thicket'
  • Virolainen - Finnish virolainen = 'Estonian'
  • Virta - Finnish virta = 'stream'
  • Virtanen - Finnish virta = 'stream'
  • Wirtanen - Finnish virta = 'stream'
  • Vuorela - Finnish vuori = 'mountain'
  • Vuorinen - Finnish vuori = 'mountain'
  • Väisänen - Finnish väisä = 'signpost on ice' or väisäkkä = 'crafty'

Y

  • Ylitalo - Finnish yli = 'upper' and talo = 'house'