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Finnish Baby Names for Boys

Finnish Baby Names for Boys
Finnish baby names have a quirkier bent than those from the neighboring countries of Scandinavia. Finnish names split the difference between Nordic names and Baltic names — there is a lot of crossover between Finland and Estonia, in particular.

The most popular Finnish names for boys in Finland include Eeli, Eino, Vaino, Onni, and Leevi. You may be familiar with Finnish boy names such as Timo, Jussi, Mikko, Rami, and Eero — notably borne by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen.

Rarer Finnish names for boys worth considering include Armas, Fenno, Harto, Kalevi, Rasmus, and Risto. Below, find the most accessible Finnish names for boys, however, not all are currently popular or stylish in Finland itself.

Finnish Boy Names

LarsHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian from Latin Laurentius
  • Meaning:

    "crowned with laurel"
  • Description:

    Lars is a perfect candidate for a cross-cultural passport: it has been heard often enough here to sound familiar and friendly, yet retains the charisma of a charming foreigner.

NikoHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish variation of Nichoals; diminutive of Nikolaos, Greek
  • Meaning:

    "victory of the people"
  • Description:

    Slightly more worldly spelling of Nico.

AntonHeart

  • Origin:

    German, Russian, and Scandinavian variation of Anthony
  • Description:

    Cultured and cultivated in an old-style, Old World way. Sometimes associated with the classic writer Anton Chekhov. Al Pacino has a son with this name.

ManuHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish, Maori, Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "greatest; bird; man"
  • Description:

    An international name that, although short and simple, sounds strong and distinctive. It can also be short for Magnus or Emmanuel.

EeroHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish variation of Eric
  • Meaning:

    "eternal ruler"
  • Description:

    Creative gem perfect for an architect's son, in tribute to modern Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen.

RasmusHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish and Scandinavian variation of Erasmus
  • Meaning:

    "beloved, desired"
  • 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.

RamiHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish, Arabic, Sanskrit "wise protector; father of multitudes; archer; pleasing"
  • Meaning:

    "wise protector; father of multitudes; archer; pleasing"
  • Description:

    Rami has gained notoriety in the English-speaking world as the first name of the Oscar-nominated actor Rami Malek, whose parents immigrated to the US from Egypt. Rami also feels more approachable thanks to the stylish Remi, Romy, and Rumi. The only challenge is keeping the pronunciation on track.

NiloHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish diminutive of Daniel
  • Meaning:

    "God is my judge"
  • Description:

    So much more worldly than Danny.

AroHeart

  • 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.

TimoHeart

  • Origin:

    Norwegian, Finnish, German, and Dutch variation of Timothy
  • Meaning:

    "honoring God"
  • 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.

MikaHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish short form of Mikael
  • Meaning:

    "who is like God"
  • Description:

    This short form of Mikael, a variation of Michael, may originate in Finland but it's most popular in Germany and The Netherlands. Mika can make a cute and original way to honor a Michael in the family, but be prepared for a lot of people pronouncing it with a long i as in Mike.

OnniHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "happiness, luck"
  • 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.

AkiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese, Finnish; "born in the autumn, ancestor"
  • Meaning:

    "born in the autumn, ancestor"
  • Description:

    A name known in several cultures, also through animated book character Tiger Aki. Finnish author Aki Ollikainen is another notable bearer.

ValoHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish; Malagasy
  • Meaning:

    "light"
  • Description:

    Really offbeat, upbeat multi-cultural name with light sound and meaning.

HenriHeart

  • Origin:

    French and Finnish variation of Henry, German
  • Meaning:

    "estate ruler"
  • Description:

    The chic Euro spelling of Henry is rising along with the original form.

AaltoHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "wave"
  • Description:

    The last name of Finnish moderne designer/architect makes an original, creative choice with an unexpected water-related meaning.

KalaniHeart

  • Origin:

    Hawaiian
  • Meaning:

    "the heavens"
  • Description:

    This name is one of the hot new spiritual names for both sexes. In Hawaiian it means "chieftain of the sky" or "spirit of the sky,"and is extremely popular for boys.

JariHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Jalmari, Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "helmet protector"
  • Description:

    Sleek modern short form of a classic Scandinavian name.

MiskaHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish diminutive of Mikael
  • Meaning:

    "who is like God?"
  • Description:

    Along with Mika, a nickname for Mikael.

MikaelHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian, Finnish, and Breton form of Michael
  • Description:

    Entered the US Top 1000 for the first and only time in 2016, though this variation of Michael is very popular in Iceland.

MarkusHeart

  • Origin:

    German, Scandinavian, and Finnish form of Mark
  • Description:

    The K may be trendy, but this spelling variation is much less popular than Marcus.

AuriHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Description:

    This airy Finnish and Swedish name may derive either from Greek "aura" (breath; breeze), or from Old Norse "aurr" (earth; clay).

RunoHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "poem"
  • Description:

    The pronunciation is not intuitive to English speakers, who aren't used to Os said as As.

ArvoHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "value, worth"
  • Description:

    Arvo is a simple name virtually unknown in the US and UK that might get discovered thanks to the surprise popularity of Arlo.

EiloHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish variation of Eila, Norwegian
  • Meaning:

    "bright, shining light"
  • Description:

    Eilo is one of the few masculine names to derive from a feminine one. It comes from Eila, the Norwegian variation of Elina.

KauriHeart

  • Origin:

    Maori or Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "tree or deer"
  • Description:

    A Maori name derived from a type of tree native to New Zealand's North Island.

LaviHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew; diminutive of Olavi, Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "lion; ancestor's relic"
  • Description:

    Lavi is a rare member of the trendy leonine group of names in the US, but in Israel it's among the Top 10 boy names. It makes a good alternative to Levi.

AaroHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish variation of Aaron, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "high mountain; exalted, enlightened"
  • Description:

    Classic Finnish name also found in neighboring Estonia.

AlviHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish variation of Albin, Latin
  • Meaning:

    "white"
  • Description:

    Although it resembles Alvie, Alvi has separate origins. It comes from the Latin name Albin, meaning "white," while Alvie is derived from Alvin, meaning "noble friend."

MikkoHeart

  • Description:

    Cute Finnish version of Michael.

SakariHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Sakarias, Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "the Lord has remembered"
  • Description:

    The Finnish equivalent to Zachary.

ArmasHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "beloved"
  • Description:

    Armas is an antiquated Finnish word with a loving meaning and a straightforward spelling and pronunciation. A rare name with potential.

EetuHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish variation of Edward
  • Description:

    Eetu is a perennial favorite in Finland, but is rarely if ever used in the States - probably because of the unfamiliar (to most people) spelling and pronunciation.

OsmoHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "young man"
  • Description:

    Cosmo's Finnish cousin.

ReinoHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish variation of Reynold
  • Meaning:

    "council power"
  • Description:

    An attractive Finnish name with the potential to cross borders.

TeroHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Antero, Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "strong, manly"
  • Description:

    A common nickname for Antero, the Finnish variation of Andrew.

EiroHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish variation of Eirik, Old Norse
  • Meaning:

    "eternal ruler"
  • Description:

    Eiro is to Eirik as Eero is to Eric.

KaroHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish diminutive of Karl, Scandinavian
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    A pet form of Karl, the form of Carl used throughout Scandinavia.

SeveriHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish variation of Severin, French
  • Meaning:

    "stern, serious"
  • Description:

    Makes Severin and Severus a little less, well, severe.

AatosHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "thought, idea"
  • Description:

    Aatos is currently popular among baby boys in Finland.

IiroHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish diminutive of Isak
  • Meaning:

    "laughter"
  • Description:

    A nickname for Isak, the Nordic variation of Isaac.

KeijoHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "elf; fairy"
  • Description:

    Finnish name with a magical meaning.

AimoHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "fair-sized, good amount"
  • Description:

    Aimo was most common in Finland and Scandinavian during the first half of the 20th century.

FennoHeart

  • Origin:

    A Finnish tribe and language
  • Description:

    If you've heard this name, it's probably from the hero of the acclaimed Julia Glass novel, Three Junes, or else the political scientist Richard Fenno. As well as a Finnish name, it's alos a Frisian diminutive from names in the Frederick family, making it is a cousin of Freddie, Fritz and Fedde. This name is so rare it's never appeared on the charts, but with its energetic O ending it might appeal if you're looking for an alternative to names like Otto and Arlo.

OtsoHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "bear"
  • Description:

    A common animal name in Finland.

AhtiHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish, unknown meaning
  • Description:

    In Finnish mythology, Ahti (also known as Ahto) was the sea god.

EnsioHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "first"
  • Description:

    Ensio derives from the Finnish word ensimmäinen, meaning "first one."
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