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. Here are some prime Finnish baby name examples, ordered by their current popularity on Nameberry.

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  1. Lumi
    • 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.
  2. Eero
    • 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.
  3. Rami
    • 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.
  4. Manu
    • Origin:

      Finnish, Maori, Hawaiian, Sanskrit
    • Meaning:

      "greatest; bird; wise"
    • Description:

      An international name that, although short and simple, sounds strong and distinctive.

  5. Rasmus
    • 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. The Rasmus is a Finnish rock band
  6. Aki
    • 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.
  7. Anja
    • 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.
  8. Via
    • Origin:

      Nickname name
    • Description:

      Could be a short form of Sylvia, Olivia, or any other similar name. Or a vivid Italian word name.
  9. Timo
    • 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.
  10. Onni
    • 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.
  11. Tuuli
    • Origin:

      Finnish
    • Meaning:

      "wind"
    • Description:

      A sweet and intuitive Finnish word name. The double U's up the quirkiness.
  12. Minna
    • Origin:

      German, diminutive of Wilhelmina
    • Description:

      One of those pan-European nickname names most popular these days in places like Finland.
  13. Ailana
    • 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".
  14. Lavi
    • 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.
  15. Auri
    • 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.
  16. Anneli
    • 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.
  17. Sanna
    • Origin:

      Swedish, Finnish, Inuktitut
    • Meaning:

      "lily"
    • Description:

      If you're ready to move beyond Anna and Hannah, consider this traditional Scandinavian short form of Susanna, historically very popular in its native lands.
  18. Kauri
    • 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.
  19. Lotta
    • 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?
  20. Lilja
    • Origin:

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

      "lily"
    • Description:

      Cute and quirky Lily alternative.