163 Finnish Baby Boy Names With Meanings

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Finnish boy names have grown in popularity over the years. The masculine name Initially, Finnish boy names were not only Finnish in origin, but the nation’s history had a big role to play. With the ever-growing Finnish nationalism in the 1900s, names that were originally Swedish or of any foreign origin were converted into Finnish names. Finnish names have also begun to have a global appeal, and Leo, a Finnish name, was most popular in Finland in the year 2021 and ranked as the 22nd most popular name in the US in 2022 (1).

During the 16th century, the majority of Finnish families started naming their children after Catholic saints or were given Christian names. In modern times, the Act on Forenames and Surnames of 2017 states that Finnish citizens must have at least one given name, with four being the maximum number of surnames. The law also states that the parents of newborn babies should register their child’s name within three months after being born. Some rules laid down by the Finnish government when it comes to picking a name include not choosing a name that is deemed offensive, insulting, that may cause future harm to the baby, or a name that does not fit the bill of a given name. The names should also follow the naming practices of the land, should be of the same gender, and is not like a surname or a last name (2).

According to the naming traditions, the first son inherits his paternal grandfather’s name, and the second son is named after his maternal grandfather. Similar rules apply to the daughters in the family. It is also not uncommon for the names of deceased siblings to pass down to the next child. The only rule is that the next child should also be of the same sex. Below we have compiled a list of masculine Finnish baby names for you to choose from. Have a look at our post and choose the name you think would suit your baby best.

NameGenderMeaning
heart image Anna Baby Boy Sign Boy Grace; Favor
heart image Eevi Baby Boy Sign Boy Finnish form of Edwin; A rich friend
heart image Elias Baby Boy Sign Boy One who believes Yahweh is the Lord
heart image Ilmari Baby Boy Sign Boy From Ilmarinen; The eternal hammerer; A god in Finnish mythology
heart image Johannes Baby Boy Sign Boy Yahweh is gracious
heart image Leo Baby Boy Sign Boy Lion
heart image Onni Baby Boy Sign Boy Windfall; Godsend; Cheerfulness; Pleasure
heart image Vaino Baby Boy Sign Boy Persecution
heart image Aapo Baby Boy Sign Boy Finnish form of Abraham; Being father of a multitude
heart image Aari Baby Boy Sign Boy Mountain of Strength
heart image Admir Baby Boy Sign Boy Respectable leader
heart image Ailo Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Joyful; Bringer of happiness
heart image Aimo Baby Boy Sign Boy Generous amount; Fair-sized; Proper; Good
heart image Akki Baby Boy Sign Boy Finished pet form; name for the happy irrigator
heart image Aksu Baby Boy Sign Boy Defender of Man; A variant of name Alexander and Akse
heart image Anselmi Baby Boy Sign Boy Protected by God; A variant of name Ansel
heart image Antero Baby Boy Sign Boy Male; Manly; Brave; Virility; A variant of name Andrew
heart image Antti Baby Boy Sign Boy Male; Manly; Brave; Virility; A variant of names Andrew and Andreas
heart image Arlett Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Feminine, strong, noble
heart image Armas Baby Boy Sign Boy Dear; Beloved
heart image Arta Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Noble; Virtuous
heart image Arto Baby Boy Sign Boy Stone; Bear; Thor; The eagle; A variant of the name Arthur
heart image Artturi Baby Boy Sign Boy Stone; Bear; Thor; The eagle; A variant of the name Arthur
heart image Arvella Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Eagle ruler; Lofty; Exquisite
heart image Arvo Baby Boy Sign Boy Value; Worth
heart image Assi Baby Boy Sign Boy A beautiful and fair god or goddess
heart image Atti Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Manlike; Brave
heart image Atto Baby Boy Sign Boy Goddess of Irrationality
heart image Auli Baby Boy Sign Boy Joy; Happiness; Short form of Aulikki
heart image Avara Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Young rose
heart image Calle Baby Boy Sign Boy A man who is free
heart image Caspian Baby Boy Sign Boy White
heart image Eelis Baby Boy Sign Boy A saying which means My god is Yahweh
heart image Eemil Baby Boy Sign Boy One who is like the Elves
heart image Eero Baby Boy Sign Boy One who is an eternal ruler
heart image Eki Baby Boy Sign Boy They are the one who change time
heart image Ekke Baby Boy Sign Boy A peaceful ruler of the island
heart image Eljas Baby Boy Sign Boy Where Yahweh is the God
heart image Enn Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Old; Aged
heart image Ensio Baby Boy Sign Boy First
heart image Eppo Baby Boy Sign Boy A character in the Shakespearean play Comedy of Errors
heart image Erkki Baby Boy Sign Boy Ruler of all
heart image Erno Baby Boy Sign Boy Serious; Determined
heart image Esa Baby Boy Sign Boy Someone for whom god is the ultimate salvation
heart image Esko Baby Boy Sign Boy Divine protection
heart image Evo Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Dynamic; Modern; Innovative
heart image Felicie Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Happiness or good fortune
heart image Fi Unisex Baby Sign Unisex White; Blessed; Intelligent; Wise; Brightness
heart image Finland Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Land of the Finns
heart image Gao Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Tall; high; noble
heart image Haika Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Powerful; Warrior
heart image Hansi Baby Boy Sign Boy God is Cordial
heart image Haraldus Baby Boy Sign Boy Army ruler
heart image Heimericus Baby Boy Sign Boy One who is a part of the tribe
heart image Heimo Baby Boy Sign Boy Tribe
heart image Hemmi Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Pearl; Will desire helmet
heart image Hermo Baby Boy Sign Boy Army Staff
heart image Hesekiel Baby Boy Sign Boy God strengthens; God will strengthen
heart image Hesso Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Torch; Sun
heart image Ihana Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Beauty, charm, elegance
heart image Ilari Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Cheerful; Happy
heart image Jaad Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Strong; Seeker of knowledge
heart image Jaani Baby Boy Sign Boy He is a gift of God
heart image Jakke Baby Boy Sign Boy May He protect
heart image Jarvin Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Sharp; Keen; Intelligent
heart image Jaska Unisex Baby Sign Unisex God is gracious
heart image Jensynn Baby Boy Sign Boy Junior Johannes or son of Johannes; God is gracious
heart image Jere Baby Boy Sign Boy God will exalt
heart image Johani Unisex Baby Sign Unisex God is gracious
heart image Jupiter Baby Boy Sign Boy Supreme God of the sky; Father of the sky
heart image Kajani Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Glow of the sunrise
heart image Kal Baby Boy Sign Boy The strong one
heart image Kalle Baby Boy Sign Boy Strong and manly
heart image Kalva Baby Boy Sign Boy Heroine; A variant of Kalwa
heart image Keijo Baby Boy Sign Boy Elf
heart image Kiela Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Vision of God
heart image Killion Baby Boy Sign Boy Follower of Saint Killian
heart image Kimmo Baby Boy Sign Boy One who is raised by God
heart image Kivi Baby Boy Sign Boy Stone
heart image Kova Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Tough; Hard; Joyful; Happy; Celebrating
heart image Koy Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Unique, mystical, and peaceful
heart image Lanaia Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Unique; Enchanting; Mysterious
heart image Lari Baby Boy Sign Boy A person with a superior reputation; Laurel
heart image Lelu Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Intelligent; Bright
heart image Lempi Baby Boy Sign Boy To love someone
heart image Leti Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Protective, brave, energetic
heart image Levo Baby Boy Sign Boy Lion; The Finnish version of the name Leo
heart image Lii Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Powerful; Intelligent; Influential
heart image Linne Baby Boy Sign Boy A person named after the twinflower
heart image Linnel Baby Boy Sign Boy He who is like a twinflower
heart image Lovi Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Bat
heart image Luar Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Moonlight or moon
heart image Lumia Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Light; Brightness
heart image Luukas Baby Boy Sign Boy To be from Lucaniain Southern Italy
heart image Lydian Baby Boy Sign Boy He who is from Lydia, a town in Asia Minor
heart image Makela Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Gift from God
heart image Maritta Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Pearl; Star of the sea
heart image Markku Baby Boy Sign Boy Finnish variation of Mark
heart image Martti Baby Boy Sign Boy Dedicated to Mars; Like Mars; War Like
heart image Matteus Baby Boy Sign Boy God's gift
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Finnish boy names have crossed boundaries and are considered a popular choice for boys in different parts of the world. Many Finnish names are the result of the nationalist movement of the 1900s. If you are planning to give your child a Finnish name, keep in mind the laws and regulations set by the Act on Forenames and Surnames of 2017. Family members can also inherit Finnish names, often tracing back through generations.

Infographic: Fantastic Finnish Baby Boy Names With Meanings

Finnish baby names have made their mark in other parts beyond Finland. These names have gained popularity across various continents due to their charming sound and unique spellings. So, are you looking for a Finnish name for your son? Check out the infographic below as we present such names, along with their meanings.

finnish names for your feisty little son (infographic)

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What Finnish name means protector?

Eetu, Jalmari, and Rami are Finnish boy names that mean “protector.” The masculine name Raimo means “wise protector.”

2. What name means hope in Finnish?

Toivo is a popular Finnish boy name that means “hope.”

3. What Finnish boy name means gift?

Jesse is a Finnish masculine form of the Hebrew name Yishai meaning “gift.” The name Jesse was borne by the father of King David in the Old Testament. Lahja is a Finnish feminine name that means “gift.”

4. What Finnish name means happy?

The Finnish name Ilona, a possible Hungarian derivative of Helen, is associated with joy and happiness from the root word ilo, meaning “joy.”

5. What Finnish name means love?

The Finnish name Lempi denotes the meaning of “love.”

References

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  1. Popularity of name Leo.
    https://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/
  2. First and Surname Act.
    https://www.finlex.fi/fi/laki/ajantasa/2017/20170946
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