Description:Lumi may be a rare girls' name in the USA and England, but it comes in the Top 50 in Finland, where it means snow. Given the popularity of Winter, Holly, Ivy and many other wintery-christmassy names, we think that short and spunky Lumi definitely has potential for greater usage outside its home country as one of the more unusual names for Christmas babies.
Description:Valo, an unusual entry in the o-ending category, can work for girls in the US. On Nameberry, it's especially popular among visitors from Bangladesh.
Origin:Finnish variation of Eric
Description:Creative gem perfect for an architect's son, in tribute to modern Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen.
Description:Juni is the Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, and Finnish form of the month name June. While Juni feels cute and fresh, most Americans would assume it was a nickname or a Joni variation. We prefer Juna or the English June.
Origin:Norwegian, Finnish, German, and Dutch variation of Timothy
Description:Popular in its own right in Germany and definitely makes a more intriguing and grownup short form of the classic Timothy than Timmy or even Tim.
Origin:Finnish and Scandinavian variation of Erasmus
Description:Form of ancient name newly popular in Eastern Europe. Virtually unknown in the U.S. but with its philosophical roots and uplifting meaning, seems prime for use. The Rasmus is a Finnish rock band
Description:To the non-Scandinavian ear, a cute and unusual nickname name, used by Finnish supermodel Suvi Koponen.
Origin:Finnish, Nigerian and Yoruba, diminutive of Folashade
Meaning:"rain; honor bestows a crown"
Description:The one-named singer clarified the confusing pronunciation on this one (in her case, it's shah-DAY), but a number of parents have looked for more phonetic spellings. The Finnish version means "rain."
Origin:Finnish diminutive of Aaron
Description:Aro is a cute name from Scandinavia which, given the popularity of similar names like Milo, Arlo etc might be ripe for more usage outside of the Nordic countries.
Description:Onni is the Number 1 boy's name in Finland yet largely unknown in the English-speaking world. Its uplifting meaning makes it a plausible possibility if you want to honor your Nordic heritage.
Description:The last name of Finnish moderne designer/architect makes an original, creative choice with an unexpected water-related meaning.
Description:A pretty Kazakh name derived from Turkish ayla, meaning "moonlight". The Hawaiian name 'Ailana (with the 'okina mark) means "loving".
Origin:Finnish and Sami variation of Helga, diminutive of Aileen, Anglicization of Eilidh
Meaning:"holy, blessed; bright and shining light"
Description:An attractive Scandinavian take on Helga, or a potential Helen nickname.
Origin:Scandinavian diminutive of Magdalene
Meaning:"high tower or woman of Magdela"
Description:A multi-cultural name that's in the Norwegian Top 50 and well-used throughout the Scandinavian cultures. Malin has the advantage of being at once simple and unusual.
Origin:Icelandic, Faroese, and Finnish variation of Lily; "lily"
Description:Cute and quirky Lily alternative.
Origin:Finnish, Literature, Quenya
Description:A name that's unknown in the US and Britain but is popular as a nature name in Finland. May also be known as a Hungarian variation of Amelia and a Spanish form of Wilhelmina.
Description:This name was on the U.S. Top 1000 in the early 20th century, when recent immigrants frequently chose native names that have since died out for American babies. But if you're of Finnish ancestry, you may want to consider reviving this one with a positive meaning.
Description:Really offbeat, upbeat multi-cultural name with light sound and meaning. Valo might make a more unique spin on Milo.
Description:Melodious and unusual form of a name with an uncountable number of variations. Many will understand it as the more down-to-earth Annalee.
Description:Ayn is a nonconformist name associated with controversial Russian-born writer and philosopher Ayn Rand, (born Alisa) author of The Fountainhead, who adopted it when she moved to the US in 1926.