Friday, March 19, 2010

What is a common name in Finland?

Finnish names might seem weird and uncommon abroad, but some of them are really common in Finland and it makes no sense to send a query like "anyone with name Peltola"?

Should you ever have a need to understand commonness of a surname in Finland the place to go is
Finnish population register which has the link Name service on the front page. After clicking that click surname search at left and then simply write the name to the search field and click "Search".

You need to have the right spelling of the name, of course. Which means having ä and ö if necessary. More about those later.

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