The Institute has a lot of publication activities.

Name publications


The Institute’s experts on name planning edit publications, both in print and online, on Finnish and foreign proper names and toponyms. The publications also contain useful guidelines for the spelling, inflection and use of names.

Publications on proper names deal with first names, surnames, naming systems relating to immigrants, and Russian proper names. Publications on toponymy describe names of municipalities and their inflection, as well as the history of place names. Outside Finland, our topics cover the names of countries and capitals and, for instance, place names in Greece. The Institute has also hosted web exhibitions about names.

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Web publications in English

Each name is presented in Finnish, Swedish, North Saami, English, French, German and Russian.

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Articles in English

Based on the paper read at the XIXth International Congress of Onomastic Sciences in Aberdeen on 4–11 August 1996. Published in: Miikkulainen, Raija (1998): The Database of Finnish Toponyms. In W.F. H. Nicolaisen (ed.), Proceedings of the XIXth International Congress of Onomastic Sciences. Aberdeen, August 4-11, 1996. Volume 2. Department of English, University of Aberdeen. Aberdeen. p. 248–255.

In Peter Jordan, Hubert Bergmann, Catherine Cheetham und Isolde Hausner (editors), Geographical Names as a Part of the Cultural Heritage. Wiener Schriften zur Geographie und Kartographie, Bd. 18. Wien. p.  65–70.

In Terje Larsen og Tom Schmidt, Botolv onomastikkens harding. Veneskrift til Botolv Helleland på 70-årsdagen 9. juni 2010. Oslo: Novus Forlag. ISBN 978-82-7099-569-1. p. 71–80.

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Information on Finnish first names and surnames

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More publications available

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Names in Media

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