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Finnish Baby Names

Finnish Baby Names
Finnish names may look simple, but those double vowels are undeniably exotic to native English speakers. The relative unconventionality of Finnish names may explain why they are rarer in the US than those from other Nordic countries, such as Sweden and Norway.

The most popular Finnish baby names in Finland include Eevi, Venla, Aino, Aada, and Helmi for girls, and Eeli, Eino, Vaino, Onni, and Leevi for boys. Among the most wearable Finnish names on a non-Finnish baby are Ailana, Hilma, Lumi, and Minna for girls, and Arvo, Harto, Rami, and Risto for boys.

Finnish baby names are extremely uncommon in the US, so if you’re hunting for a unique name for your child, this is an ideal place to look. Some prime Finnish baby name examples:

Finnish Names for Babies
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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.

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.

ViaHeart

  • Origin:

    Nickname name
  • Description:

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

MinnaHeart

  • Origin:

    German, diminutive of Wilhelmina
  • Description:

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

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.

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.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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".
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MiskaHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish diminutive of Mikael
  • Meaning:

    "who is like God?"
  • Description:

    Along with Mika, a nickname for Mikael.

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.

RunoHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "poem"
  • Description:

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

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.

LiljaHeart

  • Origin:

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

    "lily"
  • Description:

    Cute and quirky Lily alternative.
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TuuliHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "wind"
  • Description:

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

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.
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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?

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.

AaroHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish variation of Aaron, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "high mountain; exalted, enlightened"
  • Description:

    Classic Finnish name also found in neighboring Estonia.

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."
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MikkoHeart

  • Description:

    Cute Finnish version of Michael.

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.

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.

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.
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OsmoHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "young man"
  • Description:

    Cosmo's Finnish cousin.

LiekkiHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "flame"
  • Description:

    A rare Finnish word name with a fiery meaning.

AatosHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "thought, idea"
  • Description:

    Aatos is currently popular among baby boys in Finland.

KeijoHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "elf; fairy"
  • Description:

    Finnish name with a magical meaning.
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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.

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.

EuliHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Eulaalia, Finnish from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "sweetly speaking"
  • Description:

    Euli is a nickname for Eulaalia, the Finnish variation of the Greek name Eulalia.

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.
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HelmiHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "pearl"
  • Description:

    A punchy alternative to Pearl as it gains popularity.

SenjaHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish variation of Xenia, Greek
  • Meaning:

    "hospitable, welcoming"
  • Description:

    Senja is the Finnish form of Xenia as well as the Indonesian word for "dusk."

EvenaHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish feminization of Even, Norwegian
  • Meaning:

    "gift; winner"
  • Description:

    A rare feminine form of Even, a common Norwegian boy name.
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