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 localnames?
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.