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Finnish names with -us (was:)Re: Relay time! Beethoven's Ninth

From:Markus Miekk-oja <torpet@...>
Date:Sunday, September 17, 2000, 15:59
Noticed this mail among the few hundred unread mails I've stored
might be a bit old, but ...

>> > AFAIK, there's a quite a large amount of Finnish (proper?) names ending >> > in -us. I.e. Linus Torvald. Are they all latinized versions of local
names? Surnames are latinized versions if ending in -us. A habit which came from Sweden sometime long ago.
>> Surnames, for sure. But it seems that Linus is swedish, and first >> names in -us aren't common in Finnish. URLs:
Linus is from Finland, but a part of a minority - his native language is swedish, (though, I think, he's finnish/swedish bilingual). His parents both speak swedish as native language anyway. And, proudly: I am of the same minority as he is.