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Kalevi Kiesi

This list includes given names found in Finnish historical documents from the 17th through 19th centuries (1600’s through 1800’s) and their modern Finnish and Swedish equivalents.

Some of the names in the “Today” columns are not in general use any more or might be considered “old fashioned” or “obsolete.” These names are included to show how the historical names can be written if translated into modern language.

The translation of names from Swedish to Finnish depends on which part of Finland you are looking at. For example, the name Johan may be found as Juho in nothern Finland and Ostrobothnia, Juha in Savo, Juhana in Karelia, and Johan in southwestern Finland.

In Finnish and Swedish, the letter ‘W’ is an old way to write ‘V’ (and not a “double-U”).

Female Names
Names from the Historical DocumentsFinnish TodaySwedish TodayParallel Names Used Today
Agneta, AgnesAuneAgneta 
Amanda, MandaAmandaAmandaManta
AnnaAnnaAnna 
AnnikaAnnikkiAnnikaAnna, Anni
Aqvilina, Aquilina, VilinaAkvilinaAkvilinaVilina
Beata, BeathaBeataBeata 
Brigita, Brigitta, Brita, Britha, BrigithaPirkkoBirgittaPriita, Priitta, Piritta
Brita, BrithaRiittaBritaPriita, Priitta
Carin, Catharina, Catharine, Charin, Caisa, KatrinaKaarinaKarinKatriina, Katri, Kaisa
Catharina, Catharine, Charin, Carin, Caisa, KatrinaKatariinaKatarinaKatriina, Katri, Kaisa
Catharina, Katriina, Katri, CatharineKatariinaKatarina 
Cecilia, Cesilia, Coecilia, Sicilia, Sidzla, Sedzla, SitzaCeciliaCeciliaSilja, Sissa
Charlotta, LottaCharlottaCharlottaLotta
ClaraKlaaraKlara 
Constance, Konstantia, KonstantinaConstanceConstanceKonstantia
Dorde, DorotheaDoroteaDoroteaTea, Thea
Eleonora, NoraEleonooraEleonoraNoora
Elin, Elli, Helena, Helga, LenaElinaElinLeena, Elli, Helga
Elisabeth, Elisabetha, Lisbetha, Lispetta, Lisa, Elisa, Elise, Alisa, ElsaElisabetElisabetLiisa, Eliisa, Elsa
Emilia, EmelieEmiliaEmilia 
Erika, EricaErikaErika 
Eufrosyne, Euphrosyne, Euphrosina, EufrosynaEufrosyneEufrosyneEufrosiina
EvaEevaEva 
Gertrud, GertrudhKerttuGertrud 
Gretha, Margareta, Margaretha, Margeta, Marta, MärtäKreettaGretaReetta
Hedwig, Hedda, Heda,HedvigHedvigHeta
Helena, Lena, Elin, Helga, ElliHelenaHelenaLeena
Hilda, HildurHildaHilda 
Ingeborg, Inga, Ingred, Ingri, IngerInkeriIngridInka, Inga
Johanna, HannaJohannaJohannaHanna
Kirstin, Kristiina, Christin, Christina, XtinaKirstiKirstin 
Lisa, Elisabet, Elisabeth, Lisbetha, Lijsa, Lijsbeth, Elsa, Elisa, Elise, AlisaLiisaLisaElisa, Elsa
Lisbeth, Elisabeth, LisbethaLispettaElisabethLiisa, Elsa
Lovisa, LouiseLoviisaLovisa 
Lucia, LuciaLuciaLucia 
Lydia, Lyyti, LyyliLyydiaLydia 
Magdalena, Maalin, Malin, Madlena, Magga, LenaMatleenaMagdalena 
Margeta, Margetha, Marga, Martha, Märta, Marith, Greta, Gretha,Martta, MaaritMarkettaMargeta 
Maria, Maja, Maija, MarjaMariaMariaMaria, Maija, Marja, Mari
Mathilda, TildaMatildaMatilda 
Otteliana, Ottiliana, OttiljaOttiliaOttilia 
Ragnhild, RagnilRauniRagnhildRauna
Rebecca, BeccaRebekkaRebekka 
Regina, RiginaReginaRegina 
Sara, SarahSaaraSara 
Scholastika, LasticaSkolastikkaSkolastikaLastikka
Serafia, SerapiaSerafiinaSerafina 
SigridSiiriSigrid 
Sophia, SohviSofiaSofia 
Stina, Kristina, Kristiina, Christina, StiinaTiinaStina 
Ulrika, UllaUlriikkaUlrikaUlla
Walborg, ValborgValpuriValborgVappu
Wendla, WendiläVenlaWendla 
Wilhelmina, MiinaVilhelmiinaWilhelminaMiina

Male Names
Names from the Historical DocumentsFinnish TodaySwedish TodayParallel Names Used Today
Abraham, Abram, Aabrahamus, AapramiAabrahamAbrahamAabraham, Aapro, Aapo
Adam, AadamAatamiAdamAatami
Adolf, AdolphusAadolfAdolfAatu, Aatto
Albin, Albinus, AlpiinAlbinAlbinAlpo
Alexander, AlexAleksanteriAlexanderAleksi, Santeri
Ambrosius, Brusius, BrusiAmbrosiusAmbrosiusAmbro, Brusi, Prusi
Anders, Andreas, AntreasAnttiAnders 
Anton, AntoniusAntonAntonToni, Tyni
Arfwed, Arved, Arffued, ArvidArviArvid 
Bengt, Benedictus, BendikePenttiBengt 
BenjaminBenjaminBenjaminPenna
Berend, Berhardus, Bernt, BernBernhardBernhard 
Bertil, Bertel, BartolomeusPerttiBertilPertti, Pertteli, Pärttyli
Carl, CarolusKaarleKarlKalle, Kaarlo
Casper, CasparKasperKasper 
Christer, Christianus, Christiern, Christophorus, Christofer, Kristian, Ristian, KristofferKristerKristerKristian, Risto
Claus, Claes, ClaudiusKlausKlaus 
Clemeth, Clemith, ClemensKlemettiClemet 
Cnuth, CanutusNuuttiKnutKnut, Knuutti
Conrad, Kurt, Kort, ConradusKondradKondradKurt
DanielTaneliDaniel 
David, Taavi, TaavettiDaavidDavid 
Edvard, EdvardusEdvardEdvardEetu
Elias, Eeli, EelisEliasElias 
Emmanuel, EmanuelEmmanuelEmmanuelManu, Immo
Erasmus, RasmusRasmusRasmusErasmus
Eric, Erich, Ericus, Eerikki, EerikkiErkkiErikErkki, Eerikki, Eero
Eskel, Eschel, Escillus, Celsus EschelEskoEskilEskeli
Frans, Frantz, FransiscusFransFrans 
Fredric, Friedrich, FredricusFredrikFredrikRietrikki, Retu
GabrielGabrielGabrielKaapo, Kaapro
Grels, Gregor, Gregorius, Greger, Greg, KreuReijoGrelsReko, Reittu, Riekki
GudmundGudmundGudmund 
Gustaf, Gustaff, Gustawus, Gösta, GiöstaKustaaGustafKyösti
Hans, HaansHannuHans 
Henric, Hendric, Hindrich, Hender, Hinder, HenricusHenrikHenrikHeikki, Henrikki
Hjalmar, JalmarJalmariHjalmar 
Isaac, Isac, IsacusIisakIsakIisakki, Iikka
IsraelIsraelIsrael 
Jacob, Jacop, Jeppe, CauppiJaakkoJakobKauppi
Joachim, JochemJaakkimaJoakimJoakim
Job, Hiob, HjobJobJob 
Johan, Johannes, John, Jean, Jöns, Ihanus, HannuJuhanaJohanJuhani, Jussi, Juho, Juha, Hannu
Joseph, Josephus, JosefJooseppiJosefJoosef, Juuso
Jöns, Johan, JuhanaJussiJohan 
Jören, Yrjä, Georg, Georgius, Jöran, Gregorius, ÖrjanYrjöGöran 
Kristian, Christian, Ristian, RistoKristianChristian 
Lars, Lasse, Laars, LaurentiusLauriLarsLauri, Lassi
Magnus, Maunu, Måns, MonsMaunoMagnusMaunu
MarcusMarkkuMarkus 
Matts, Mattz, Mathias, Matias, Matthaus, Madz, MatteusMattiMatts 
Mauritz, Mauritius, MaurusMauriMauritz 
Michel, Michil, Michael, Mikkeli, Mikel, MikkelMikkoMikaelMikko, Mikael
Måns, Magnus?MaunuMåns 
Mårthen, Martin, MartinusMarttiMårten 
Nils, Niels, Nilis, Nicolaus, NiclasNiiloNilsNiko, Nikki, Niku
Olof, Oluff, Ohl, Olli,OlaviOlofOlli Uoti
Peer, Pehr, PährPekkaPär 
Petter, Petrus, PederPietariPetterPetteri
Philip, Philippus, Filip,FilipFilipFilpus, Filppu, Hilppa, Vilppu
Påhl, Pohl, Pål, Paul, PaulusPaavoPaulPaavali
SamuelSamuliSamuel 
Siffred, Siffert, Siegfred, Siffer, Söffred, Sipi, Sippo, SihvoSipiSigfred 
Simon, SimeonSimoSimonSimuna
Staffan, Staphan, StefanTapaniStaffanTahvo, Teppana, Tahvana, Teppo
Swen, Suen, SwänSvenSvenVäini
ThomasTuomasThomasTuomo
TimoteusTimoTimoteus 
TorstenTorstiTorsten 
Urbanus, PaanuUrpoUrbanus 
WilhemVilleVilhelmVilho, Vilhelmi, Viljo, Viljami
Zacharias, ZachrisSakariSakarias 
Åke, Achatius, AkatiusAakeÅkeAkatius, Oke

<P>Suggested Reading

Sirkka Paikkala, “Etunimet sukututkimuksessa,” Sukutieto, Jan. 1997 (in Finnish).

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