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Finnish Baby Names for Girls

Finnish Baby Names for Girls
To the American ear, Finnish baby names sound much quirkier than the Scandinavian baby names of Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. While there is a lot of crossover between Finnish and Scandinavian names, many Finnish names are closely related to Baltic names, particularly those from Estonia.

The most popular Finnish names for girls in Finland include Eevi, Venla, Aino, Aada, and Helmi. You may be familiar with Finnish girl names such as Lotta, Hanna, Anneli, Ulla, Minna, and Lumi, which is a rising name in the US and popular on Nameberry.

Rarer Finnish names for girls that deserve your attention include Auri, Suvi, Ailana, Elvi, Ilta, and Kesia. Here are some of the most accessible baby names to the English speaker, though not all are popular in Finland itself.

Finnish Girl Names

LumiHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "snow"
  • 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.

AnjaHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian variation of Anna
  • Meaning:

    "grace"
  • Description:

    Anja is one of the most internatioanl of several versions of Ann/Anna now being imported, also including Anya and Annika.

ViaHeart

  • Origin:

    Nickname name
  • Description:

    Could be a short form of Sylvia, Olivia, or any other similar name. Or a vivid Italian word name.

MinnaHeart

  • Origin:

    German, diminutive of Wilhelmina
  • Description:

    One of those pan-European nickname names most popular these days in places like Finland.

SuviHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "summer"
  • Description:

    To the non-Scandinavian ear, a cute and unusual nickname name, used by Finnish supermodel Suvi Koponen.

HannaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Hannah
  • Description:

    This simplified version is not nearly as popular as the original (it also destroys a perfectly good palindrome), and has been on the decline in recent years.

SadeHeart

  • 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."

AuriHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Description:

    An airy variant of the Finnish name Aura, which derives either from the Greek "aura" (breath; breeze) or from Old Norse "aurr" (earth; clay). It is also sometimes encountered as a short form of Aurora or Aurelia.

AiliHeart

  • 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.

SariHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "noble"
  • Description:

    Sari is a cute spin on Sarah, though some may hear it as "sorry," and it is also an item of clothing worn in India. These days many people will also confuse Sari with Suri, the lovely and unsual name of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' much-publicized young daughter.

AilanaHeart

  • Origin:

    Kazakh
  • Meaning:

    "moonlight"
  • Description:

    A pretty Kazakh name derived from Turkish ayla, meaning "moonlight". The Hawaiian name 'Ailana (with the 'okina mark) means "loving".

UllaHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian
  • Meaning:

    "will, determination"
  • Description:

    Ulla, the beautiful Swedish secretary in The Producers (played by Uma Thurman in the movie) who purrs, "Ven you got it, flaunt it," has changed the image of this name forever. Ulla may stand on its own or be an abbreviation of Ursula or Ulrika; Ula may be seen as another spelling.

MaireHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish, Irish variation of Mary
  • Meaning:

    "sweet; drop of the sea, bitter"
  • Description:

    Both Maire and Mare have begun making inroads with parents seeking novel yet authentic ways of honoring an ancestral Mary. The Finnish variation derives from the word mairea, meaning "sweet."

SannaHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian, diminutive of Susanna
  • Description:

    If you're ready to move beyond Anna and Hannah, consider this, one of the most widely used names in Scandinavia.

LiljaHeart

  • Origin:

    Icelandic, Faroese, and Finnish variation of Lily; "lily"
  • Meaning:

    "lily"
  • Description:

    Cute and quirky Lily alternative.

AnneliHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian variation of Annalie or Hannah
  • Meaning:

    "grace"
  • Description:

    Anneli is one of the hundreds of Anne variations with an intriguing spelling. This name has been popular throughout Scandinavia over time and would certainly translate easily to English-speaking countries.

TuuliHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "wind"
  • Description:

    A sweet and intuitive Finnish word name. The double U's up the quirkiness.

HennaHeart

  • Origin:

    Color name, Finnish feminization of Henry, English from German
  • Meaning:

    "estate ruler"
  • Description:

    Reddish dye that sounds as if it could be a real name — of the outdated, Old World, Yetta-Hedda variety.

LumiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Lumi, Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "snow"
  • Description:

    Although Lumi is far more popular, the elaboration Lumia is used in Finland as well.

MaijaHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish and Latvian variation of Maria
  • Description:

    A lovely and typical name on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Bothnia that no one in the English-speaking world will know how to pronounce. Maia sounds (virtually) the same and is far more familiar outside Finland and Latvia.

TainaHeart

  • Origin:

    Tupi, Finnish variation of Tatiana
  • Meaning:

    "star; secret"
  • Description:

    Taina is a feminine Tupi name meaning "star." A nice choice for those looking for something celestial but less common than Stella or Astrid. Taina also means "secret" in Russian and is a Finnish form of Tatiana.

MeriHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish; Maori "sea; Mary"
  • Meaning:

    "sea; Mary"
  • Description:

    Upbeat name that cheers you as soon as you hear it. One famous bearer is Maori feminist Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia.

AinoHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "the only one"
  • Description:

    What a lovely name for the much-longed for daughter - no wonder Aino is in the Top 5 in Finland, whence the name originates. Like other popular Finnish names, Aino is short and avoids the ubiquitous "a" ending we usually see in feminine names, which gives it a fresh feel and sound.

EmmiHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Emma and Emily
  • Description:

    With the enormous popularity of Emily and Emma, we're sure to see more of Emmi, Emmie, Emme, and Emmy, whether as short forms or standing on their own.

KieloHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "lily of the valley"
  • Description:

    A Finnish word name for the lily of the valley flower.

LottaHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Charlotta or Carlotta
  • Description:

    This nickname-name is very popular in Germany, though Lottie is still the preferred version in the US. The problem, of course, is that you'll have to put up with a lotta jokes. See?

ElliHeart

  • Origin:

    German, Finnish diminutive of Elizabeth
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    In Germany and Finland, a common short form of names beginning with El-, including Elizabeth, Elina, and Elisa.

KirsiHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi, Finnish diminutive of Kirstina and Kirsten
  • Meaning:

    "amaranth blossoms; Christian, frost"
  • Description:

    This attractive multicultural name is found in India and Finland, where it is also a word meaning "frost."

ElviHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Elviira, Finnish from Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "white; fair"
  • Description:

    Elvi is one of those elusive names that fit in yet stand out. It's similar to currently trendy girl names such as Ellie and Evie but maintains distinction.

LiekkiHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "flame"
  • Description:

    A rare Finnish word name with a fiery meaning.

HelmiHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "pearl"
  • Description:

    A punchy alternative to Pearl as it gains popularity.

SaijaHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish diminutive of Sarah
  • Meaning:

    "princess"
  • Description:

    This pretty Finnish name is a diminutive of a diminutive, going from Sarah to Sari to Saija.

JoaHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish, Danish, Swedish variation of Jo
  • Meaning:

    "Jehovah increases"
  • Description:

    A unisex Scandinavian name. Joa is more common for boys in Finland but equally split between sexes in Sweden and Denmark.

TaikaHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "magic"
  • Description:

    A rare Finnish name with ties to sorcery and witchcraft.

EssiHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish diminutive of Esteri, Elisabet
  • Meaning:

    "star; pledged to God"
  • Description:

    A Finnish nickname for names such as Esteri, Elisabet, or any name starting with Es-.

IroHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek, Japanese, Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "hero; color; peace"
  • Description:

    A modern Greek form of the mythological name Hero, or a Japanese name meaning "color." Iro is also a name in Finnish mythology, derived from Irina and Irene. Iro was the mother of the three main gods of Finnish legend.

HanniHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish diminutive of Hanna and Johanna
  • Meaning:

    "grace; God is gracious"
  • Description:

    A cute and easily accessible Finnish nickname, although not one that is likely to become popular in America now that Hannah and co are on the decline.

HeleenaHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish form of Helena
  • Meaning:

    "bright, shining light"
  • Description:

    Finnish variation of Helena

ViljaHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish, Swedish, Slavic
  • Meaning:

    "grain, will, fairy"
  • Description:

    A name made most famous by the operetta The Merry Widow which features "The Vilja's Song". A vila is a woodland spirit or fairy in Slavic mythology. Vilja also means "grain" in Finnish and "will, intent" in Swedish, and is very popular as a girls' name in Scandinavia, ranking in the Top 100 in both Finland and Norway.

EsteriHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish variation of Esther, Persian
  • Meaning:

    "star"
  • Description:

    A vintage Finnish name most common in the early 20th century.

HilmaHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "protective helmet"
  • Description:

    Hilma is heard in Germany and the Scandinavian countries, and sometimes used as a shortening of Wilhelmina--though there are more appealing German names for girls. to be found. Hilma Wolitzer is an American novelist and the mother of author Meg Wolitzer.

PipsaHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Pipkka and Pirjo, Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "strength; exalted one"
  • Description:

    Pipsa is a nickname for the Finnish names PIpkka and Pirjo, both of which are variations of Bridget. In Finland, Peppa Pig is called Pipsa Possu.

VenlaHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "to travel, to proceed"
  • Description:

    Finnish feminization of Wendell.

IidaHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish form of Ida
  • Meaning:

    "industrious one"
  • Description:

    For an American girl, the double "I" might be a problem as a child, but an attention-getting talking point as an adult.

SallaHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "princess"
  • Description:

    Salla is a variant of Salli — the Finnish form of Sally. Both Salla and Salli are common names in their native country, but Salla is the more modern form, having peaked in popularity in the 1980s and 90s (Salli peaked in the 20s and 30s). Today, Salla is given to almost twice as many baby girls in Finland than Salli.

MineaHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish feminization of Minos, Greek
  • Meaning:

    "king"
  • Description:

    The Finnish writer Mika Waltari invented the name Minea from the Greek Minos for a character in his 1945 novel The Egyptian. It's become a popular Finnish name in the 21st century.
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