What would you name our Finnish-American-Scottish kid?

Edited for privacy - thank you all :heart:

I hope you find some of these inspirational! I tried to restrict myself and did three for each sex.


  • Nuka [name_f]Annabelle[/name_f] - Nuka is obviously Finnish (and adorable) while [name_f]Annabelle[/name_f] has a lovely Southern charm and is a variation of the Scottish [name_f]Annabel[/name_f]
  • Lumi [name_f]Fiona[/name_f] [name_f]Belle[/name_f] - I don’t typically like double middle names, but thought this combo was pretty! [name_f]Lumi[/name_f] is so pretty and modern to an [name_f]English[/name_f] speaker, which the more classic but not overdone [name_f]Fiona[/name_f] and [name_f]Belle[/name_f] balance. [name_f]Fiona[/name_f] and [name_f]Belle[/name_f] both seem very Southern, but [name_f]Fiona[/name_f] is also historically Scottish.
  • Rosalie-[name_f]Lilja[/name_f] [name_f]Maretta[/name_f] - I like the double barrel here and how both the US and Finland are prominent in the first name. [name_f]Maretta[/name_f] is a variation of the Scottish [name_f]Mairead[/name_f] which I thought added a spunky edge.


  • Nuka [name_m]Atticus[/name_m] - I like the literary and Southern nod of [name_m]Atticus[/name_m]. Nuka is still just so lovely imo!
  • Lukas [name_m]Mungo[/name_m] [name_m]Finnegan[/name_m] - [name_m]Lukas[/name_m] seems Nordic enough to pass. Both [name_m]Finnegan[/name_m] and [name_m]Mungo[/name_m] have a Scottish as well as American vibe to me.
  • Aalto-[name_u]James[/name_u] [name_m]Ninian[/name_m] - This seems like a nod to all the cultures. I like how the more unfamiliar [name_m]Aalto[/name_m] is matched by [name_u]James[/name_u].

Ok they may not be to your taste but
A boy
[name_m]Ivar[/name_m] [name_m]Dougal[/name_m] [name_m]Christopher[/name_m]
[name_m]Ivar[/name_m] [name_m]Alexander[/name_m] [name_u]Douglas[/name_u]
[name_m]Brody[/name_m] [name_m]Ville[/name_m] [name_m]Fraser[/name_m]

I don’t know any Finnish female names to comment.

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From your names, though mix-and-matched: [name_f]Elsie[/name_f]-[name_f]Magnolia[/name_f] [name_f]Tove[/name_f]. [name_f]Elsie[/name_f] feels very British, [name_f]Magnolia[/name_f] has an American vibe to it and [name_f]Tove[/name_f] is such a lovely name.
[name_m]Ivo[/name_m] [name_u]Noah[/name_u] [name_m]Edwin[/name_m] - [name_m]Ivo[/name_m] feels very Nordic, [name_u]Noah[/name_u] very American and [name_m]Edwin[/name_m], again, very British.

Some other ideas (though I have no idea if these names are being used (at the moment)). I focused more on the Scottish / Finnish names as I find most anything can pass as American.
[name_u]Noah[/name_u] [name_m]Jari[/name_m] [name_m]Angus[/name_m]
[name_m]Lukas[/name_m] [name_m]Ivo[/name_m] [name_m]Artair[/name_m]
Aaro [name_u]Callum[/name_u] [name_u]James[/name_u]
[name_m]Iver[/name_m] [name_m]Frederik[/name_m] [name_m]Lasse[/name_m]
[name_f]Effie[/name_f]-[name_f]Mae[/name_f] Hilja
[name_m]Benedict[/name_m] [name_m]Eoin[/name_m] [name_m]Viljo[/name_m]
[name_f]Elsie[/name_f]-[name_f]Fenella[/name_f] [name_f]Suvi[/name_f]
Ismo [name_m]Fergus[/name_m]
[name_m]Anton[/name_m] [name_m]Findlay[/name_m] Otso
[name_m]Henry[/name_m] Esko [name_m]Fraser[/name_m]
[name_f]Isla[/name_f] [name_u]Kennedy[/name_u] [name_f]Tove[/name_f]
Ilmi [name_f]Lillias[/name_f] [name_f]Jane[/name_f]
[name_f]Maisie[/name_f] Loviisa [name_f]Fern[/name_f]

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Astra Marigold
Ilona Kai
Maja Catriona
Camilla Nightingale
Mika Rue
Taika-Maeve Rosemary

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Sara [name_f]Orlaith[/name_f]
[name_m]Eetu[/name_m] [name_m]Weston[/name_m] [name_m]Clyde[/name_m]

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Wow, thank you so much. All of your suggestions are absolutely lovely, and you’re giving me so much to think about! I can’t even list all my favourites here because that would be too many.

@amal2970 I really appreciate how naturally you’ve combined the different cultures here - the names don’t feel mismatched at all despite the various linguistic backgrounds. [name_f]Lumi[/name_f] usually isn’t a favourite of mine (despite my user name…), but there’s just something special about [name_f]Lumi[/name_f] [name_f]Fiona[/name_f] [name_f]Belle[/name_f] - the flow is so bouncy and lively. [name_f]Rosalie[/name_f]-[name_f]Lilja[/name_f] consisting of two flower names is adorable, I like that [name_m]Aalto[/name_m]-[name_u]James[/name_u] could go by the simple nickname AJ should he wish to, and [name_m]Lukas[/name_m] [name_m]Mungo[/name_m] [name_m]Finnegan[/name_m] is making me fall in love with my old favourite all over again.

@anon25197097 I am so torn when it comes to [name_m]Ivar[/name_m] because I love the history behind the name, but I only like the [name_f]English[/name_f] pronunciation (EYE-var) - the usual Finnish pronunciation sounds kind of clunky and harsh to me (EE-var). I don’t know if I’m prepared to correct other Finns’ pronunciation at every turn… I love [name_m]Alexander[/name_m] [name_u]Douglas[/name_u] together as middles though! [name_u]Douglas[/name_u] is very Scottish but also makes me think of [name_u]North[/name_u] American [name_u]Douglas[/name_u] firs, and I also have family connections to various Alexanders. :heart:

@OpheliaFlora You’ve landed on my dad’s name there with one of the middles. :smile: And I know what you mean - it’s difficult to determine what’s an “American” sounding name since it feels like anything can sound American. I like the new versions of my old combos a lot (thank you for giving me fresh takes on them!) but I am especially swooning over [name_f]Isla[/name_f] [name_u]Kennedy[/name_u] [name_f]Tove[/name_f] - I’ve tried to combine [name_u]Kennedy[/name_u] with something for so long and have never come up with anything this perfect. :heart_eyes: [name_m]Anton[/name_m] [name_m]Findlay[/name_m] Otso is 100% my style, and I had somewhat forgotten about Hilja, Loviisa, and [name_m]Viljo[/name_m], but would love to use any of them as middles.

@anon47024950 Taika-[name_f]Maeve[/name_f] is too adorable for words. :heart: I like both names on their own just fine but seeing them together like this is making them more special. [name_f]Camilla[/name_f] [name_u]Nightingale[/name_u] and [name_f]Astra[/name_f] [name_f]Marigold[/name_f] have a witchy, autumn vibe to them that I really appreciate. :fallen_leaf:

@diamondestiny I would happily name my child [name_m]Eetu[/name_m] [name_m]Weston[/name_m] [name_m]Clyde[/name_m] tomorrow. It just hits the spot perfectly. [name_f]Sara[/name_f] [name_f]Orlaith[/name_f] also sounds lovely to me, but one of my close friends is a [name_f]Sara[/name_f] who strongly dislikes her name, and I think she would come for me if I tried to use it…


[name_u]Julep[/name_u] (maybe with an herby first name ??)


Sorry if this list makes literally no sense! I was trying to throw in a few more American [name_u]South[/name_u] names that might be acceptable in Finnish… not really knowing anything about Finnish pronunciation. :smiley:

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Thank you @hellobanjo! I think you must have great instincts/a feel for names that are easy to pronounce and very international because all of these work in Finnish just fine (well, [name_u]Julep[/name_u] would get pronounced Yulep but I don’t really worry about that when it comes to the middle spot - a herbal name would be really cute with it, hmm. Maybe [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f] [name_u]Julep[/name_u]). I’ve been thinking about [name_f]Ivy[/name_f] and [name_f]Magnolia[/name_f] a lot (there’s just something about botanical names that captivates me) and feel like [name_f]Ivy[/name_f] especially could work as a first name for us. I also especially adore Aava, [name_m]Matias[/name_m], [name_u]Forest[/name_u], [name_m]Otis[/name_m] and [name_u]Remi[/name_u]/Remy!

[name_f]My[/name_f] aunt had a foreign exchange student from Finland named Annika. It is a beautiful and more unique version of Anna. However, it was easy for the people in the states to pronounce.

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Boy- [name_m]Fraser[/name_m] [name_m]Ivan[/name_m] or [name_m]Fraser[/name_m] [name_m]Magnus[/name_m]

[name_f]Astrid[/name_f] [name_f]Marsaili[/name_f]
[name_f]Zara[/name_f] [name_f]Ingrid[/name_f]

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Thanks both! :slightly_smiling_face:

@sissica77 [name_f]Annika[/name_f] is sweet! The only downside is that it was really, really popular in Finland in the 80s/90s, so I went to school with a few Annikas. That makes it sound just a little bit dated to me now.

@anon25197097 We (very predictably :rofl:) have a Scottish friend called [name_m]Fraser[/name_m] so even though I like the name and the nature connections :evergreen_tree:, it would be a bit awkward to name a kid after him. I love Ivan, Magnus, and [name_f]Ingrid[/name_f] though!