The ancient names of the peoples of Finland before the arrival of Christianity are still well, says Helsingin sanomat newspaper.
The most popular of the ancient names is now Hope. Last year Toivo was Finland’s ninth most popular boy’s first name. It has received a total of 1,029 children in the last two years.
Other pre-Christian names still in use include Will, issued 194 times in the 2020s, Favorite (147), Remote (80) and Tribe (40).
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The rarest pre-Christian names are still used Without, named after five women in the 2020s. Uni has been named less than ten times, but its relatives Untamoita has been given to a child 51 times in the 2020s.
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Based on a recent dissertation, the names tell a surprising amount about the pre-Christian period in present-day Finland and the movements of people in the vicinity of present-day Finland.
The names also tell of the power of men, as the names of women are hardly mentioned in old sources.
In short, pre-Christian names are names that were known to be used by the peoples of the Baltic Sea even before Christianity brought new names from the 13th century.
These ancient names can be found in medieval documents such as trade books, letters, church records, and tax lists.
All of these researcher Jaakko Raunamaa In his dissertation, he went through thousands from Finland, Russia and the Baltic countries.
For many people other than pre-Christian Finns, the names were great. Such is the case with Russia, for example Vladimir, which refers to everything and power. Some are militant, like the Scandinavian Harald, which consists of words related to army and power.
The old Baltic Finnish names, on the other hand, are largely peaceful. It is difficult to deduce with certainty what the peaceful and even gentle-sounding names inherited from us tell us.
Raunamaa thinks it suggests that the peoples of the Finnish family may also have lived peacefully.
Pre-Christian names include, for example Ahti, Always, Ano, Tribe, Mourning, Mind, Day, Allow, Glamor, Fog, Vihti and Voipa.
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