Finnish Girl Names and their Meanings

By Rob Simpson

If you’re interested in giving your daughter a somewhat unique name, or you were simply intrigued by the name of a Finnish girl you like, this list will help you find out more about Finnish names and their meaning.

Finland is a country in Northern Europe, which contrary to popular belief, is not a Scandinavian country. The Finnish language is a Uralic language, unrelated to the Scandinavian languages, which is why Finnish names are so unique.

A bit more about Finland

Finland is known for its beautiful forests, as around 70% of Finland’s total Land area is covered in trees, it is also considered as the best Nordic country to see the Northern Lights from.

The landscape might not be the most beautiful part of Finland as Finnish girls are most often described as pretty, smart and well-educated.

Finnish Girl Names and their Meanings

Name

Meaning

Aada 

Finnish short form of the name Adela, which comes from the Germanic element adal, meaning “noble.”

Aino 

In Finnish, Aino means “the only one.”

Anneli

This name is a Finnish diminutive of the name Anna, which is a form of the name Hannah. Derived from the Hebrew name Channah, this name means “grace, favor.”

  • Anni is another Finnish version of this name.

Eerika

A Finnish form of the name Erica, which is the feminine form of the name Eric.

This name comes from the Old Norse name Eiríkr, which is derived from the elements ei, meaning “ever, always” and ríkr, meaning “ruler.”

Eeva 

Finnish form of the name Eva, which is a Latinate form of the name Eve. The name Eve is derived from the Hebrew name Chawwah, which comes from the Hebrew word chawah, meaning “to breathe.”

Eliina 

Finnish form of the name Helen, which comes from the Greek name Helene. This name was possibly derived from the Greek word Helene, meaning “torch” or selene, meaning “moon.”

Eliisa 

Finnish short form of the name Elizabeth. From the Greek name Elisabet, which comes from the Hebrew name Elisheva, this name means “my God is an oath.”

Fanni 

Finnish diminutive of the name Francisca, which is a feminine form of the name Francis, which is the English form of the Late Latin name Franciscus, meaning “Frenchman.”

Helka

Finnish form of the name Helga, which is a feminine form of the Old Norse name Helgi, derived from the word heliagr, meaning “holy, blessed.”

Helmi 

This name means “pearl” in Finnish, it can also be a diminutive of the name Vilhelmina.

Iida

Finnish form of the name Ida, which is derived from the Germanic element id, meaning “work, labor.”

Irja 

Most likely a Finnish diminutive of the name Irina or Irene, which come from the Greek name Eirene, meaning “peace.”

Kaisa 

Finnish diminutive of the name Katherine, which comes from the Greek name Aikaterine. This name was possibly derived from an earlier Greek name Hekaterine, which comes from the Greek word hekateros, meaning “each of the two.”

Kerttu

Finnish form of the name Gertrude, which is derived from the Germanic elements ger, meaning “spear” and thrud, meaning “strength,” giving this name the meaning “spear of strength.”

Lotta 

Finnish short form of the Swedish name Charlotta, which is a variant of the name Charlotte.

  • Charlotte is the French feminine form of the name Charles, which comes from the Germanic name Karl, meaning “man.”

Loviisa

Loviisa is the Swedish feminine form of the name Louis, which is the French form of Ludovicus, the Latinized form of the name Ludwig. The name Ludwig comes from the Germanic name

Minttu 

This name means “mint” in Finnish.

Milja 

Finnish version of the name Emilia, which is the feminine form of the name Emil. This name was derived from the Roman family name Aemilius, which comes from the Latin word aemulus, meaning “rival.”

Oona 

Finnish and Irish version of the name Úna, which is possibly derived from the Irish word uan, meaning “lamb.”

Olivia 

This particular spelling of the name was first used by William Shakespeare, possibly based on the names Oliver or Oliva, or simply derived from the Latin word oliva, meaning “olive.”

Sara

 A form of the name Sarah more common in Norway, this name means “lady, noblewoman.”

Siiri 

Finnish diminutive of the name Sigrid, which comes from the Old Norse name Sigriðr, derived from the elements sigr, meaning “victory” and friðr, meaning “beautiful, fair.”

Sofia 

Sofia is a form of the name Sophia that is common in Norway, this name means “wisdom” in Greek.

Ulla 

Scandinavian diminutive of the names Ulrika or Hulda.

        Ulrika is a Swedish feminine form of the name Ulrich, which comes from the Germanic name Odaric, meaning “prosperity and power.”

       Hulda is derived from the Old Norse word huld, meaning “hiding, secrecy.”

Cute little baby girl playing with her mother in a living room.

The most common Finnish girl names.

You may have noticed that some of these names look similar to other Scandinavian names like Swedish or Norwegian. However, most of these names are unique to Finland.          

Some of the most common names from this list are: 

Aada, Kerttu, Minttu, Siiri and my personal favorite Kaisa.

Looking for more suggestions?

Whether you were looking for a name for your daughter or were intrigued by the somewhat unique name of a Finnish girl you like, this list covers the most common Finnish girl names.

If you’re interested in the Scandinavian variants of some of these names be sure to check out or lists on Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

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