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  1. #6
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    I actually prefer Katja. And although someone might mispronounce it once, it would only take 1 time being corrected for them to figure it out. My aunt is Finnish, and has a different spelling... it's not a big issue, though. Anika just doesn't sparkle as much to me...
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  2. #8
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    I also would prefer Anika over Katja because for me Katja has a slight russian touch. Since I speak German and those names are pretty common in Germany/Austria I don't have a hard time pronouncing them but I can understand that some people might have.

  3. #10
    Join Date
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    I prefer Katri which I think is the prettier Finnish version of Katherine. but otherwise I'd go with Katja.

    Other Finnish names I like

    Satu - 'fairy tale'
    Suvi - 'summer'
    Talvi - 'winter'
    Ilona - 'joy'
    Ilta - 'evening'
    Meri - 'sea'
    Marja - 'berry'
    Pilvi - 'cloud'
    Tuuli - 'wind'
    Esteri - form of Esther
    Asteri - 'aster'
    Minttu - 'mint'
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  4. #12
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    Dec 2011
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    When I was in school I had a Finnish penpal named Katja. It's a beautiful name. It's Kate.
    My former penpal has sisters named Satu and Marit. Satu has a beautiful meaning (fairytale), but doesn't seem useable anywhere other than Finland. Marit is a version of Margaret. I think it is pronounced Ma-reet, but I like Merritt. Berit is also a pretty and similar Scandinavian name.
    I thought Annika was Swedish... What about Anya/Anja? I think it is popular in Scandinavian countries as well.
    Some other ideas: Suren, Signe/Signy, Sonya/Sonja/Sonia, Vanja (Vanya is a male name)
    My pick would be Katja. It can be spelled Katya too. Annika/Anika is more popular. I prefer Anya.

  5. #14
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
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    Canada
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    Both are pretty names but I think Katja appeals to me more than Anika. I've always thought that Annikki was the Finnish version of the name.

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    All the best,
    Mischa.

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