Väinämöinen

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Usage

Finland Finnish

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Origin and Meaning

Finnish väinä = 'wide, slow flowing river or strait of the sea' (eg. river Väinäjoki in Latvia and the Saaremaa väin which separates Estonia from Saaremaa) (see also -nen)

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See also Veine

Grammar

Finland - Finnish
Nominative: Väinämöinen
Genitive: Väinämöisen
Partitive: Väinämöistä

Further Information

Finnish Mythology

  • Väinämöinen is the central character in the epic poem Kalevala. He is

a shamanistic hero with a magical power of song and music. He created and plays the kantele, a Finnish stringed instrument. His mother is Ilmatar. He contributes to the creation of Earth as it is today. Many of his travels resemble shamanistic journeys, most notably one where he visits the belly of a ground-giant, Antero Vipunen, to find the songs of boat building. Väinämöinen's search for a wife is a central element in many stories, but he never finds one. One of his potential brides, Joukahainen's sister Aino, drowns herself instead of marrying him. He is the leading member of the group which steals the Sampo from the people of Pohjola.

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Statistics

Name Count per Country

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Country
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Commonness
Female ♀ Male ♂
as
main
name#
also
middle
name&
as
main
name#
also
middle
name&
Sweden Sweden[2]
0 0 0 1
Denmark Denmark[3]
0 n.a. 0 n.a.
Norway Norway[4]
0 n.a. 0 n.a.
Finland Finland[5]
0 0 n.a. 38
  #: count of main first name only
  &: count of both main and additional first names
Name counts are approximate as statistics normally is not published
for names given to less than 3 or 5 persons per country.

 

No recent statistics trend found in databases for Väinämöinen.

Sources: [2] [3] [4] [5]

References

  1. Elias Lönnrot: Kalevala (1835)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Statistiska Centralbyrån, National statistics office of Sweden, http://www.scb.se/
  3. 3.0 3.1 Danmarks Statistik, National statistics office of Denmark, http://www.dst.dk
  4. 4.0 4.1 Statistisk Sentralbyrå, National statistics office of Norway, http://www.ssb.no
  5. 5.0 5.1 Väestörekisterikeskus, National Population Register Centre of Finland, http://www.vrk.fi