Surnames are great ways for us to connect with our ancestors. Like Swedish and Norwegian last names, Finnish last names are part of the Scandinavian name family. All three of these countries have a mix of patronymic names and names that refer to a geographical location where a family lived.
We’ve compiled a list of popular Finnish last names and their meanings. Since so many refer to a location, lots of these names are related to nature. Take a look and see if your surname is below!
Meaning: Uncertain but likely comes from the word ‘korho’, meaning a person of poor hearing.
Meaning: Small stream.
Meaning: Small grove or forrest.
Meaning: Small hill.
Meaning: Small peninsula.
Meaning: Small lake.
Meaning: Home ruler.
Meaning: Small rapids.
Meaning: A person from Tavastia, a historical province in Finland.
Meaning: Field or pasture.