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Oct 8th, 2012 at 14:46 GMT
Thanks nightfloat for doing this! As a Finn - I like =)
Oct 8th, 2012 at 15:00 GMT
I have to say, though, that some of the associations are a bit odd... For instance, Helen - Eliina. Eliina is not a very common name, Elina is used more often, and we also have the name Helena which is probably closest. And then George - throughout history the name George has been translated to Yrjö, e.g. when talking about kings and such. So I immediately tried to look for Yrjö :) Well, of course these are none of your fault, just wondering :)
Oct 8th, 2012 at 16:12 GMT
Thanks, Josh! The source actually gives both of those forms of George and I didn't know which was more common so I just picked one. I changed it to Yrjö. :) It also gives Elina as being both Swedish and Finnish and Eliina as being solely Finnish so I with with Eliina. If that's super weird though I'd be willing to change it.
Oct 8th, 2012 at 18:07 GMT
I have so many friends with these names. But no Teemu? ;)
Oct 8th, 2012 at 18:17 GMT
Ok nightfloat :D In the future, if you need any consulting in creating quizzes with Finnish stuff, just ask me :D
Oct 9th, 2012 at 21:56 GMT
Delightful. (No, I am not a Finn - if in doubt, ask Josh for help). I see many friends from my time in Helsinki in this quiz, especially an Elina I remember very fondly (I *think* only one "i" though I'm not sure, it was only her middle name). Of course I knew about "Yrjö", but I never questioned Taavetti... should've seen it coming of course. Thanksalot.
Oct 10th, 2012 at 13:38 GMT
Heh. I'd been assuming that you were Finnish from your username (well, mostly from the number of vowels in your username). If I'd actually bothered to look up what it means in Finnish before now, I might have figured out that you weren't!
Mar 11th, 2013 at 06:21 GMT
I was happily surprised to find one for Finnish names as well! But no Susan - Sanna (my name) ? ;P
Apr 9th, 2013 at 14:53 GMT
As a native English speaker who also knows Finnish, I enjoyed this quiz a lot. It does need a little bit of tweaking, though - in thirty years of taking an interest in Finland, and nearly ten living there, I've never come across a "Jaakoppi" - which sounds far too much like "jääkaappi" (icebox) for comfort. "Jaakko", on the other hand, is a common name in Finland. Similarly for Eerikki (Erkki) and Jooseppi (Seppo). My own name is usually fennicised as "Riku" rather than Rikhard, which looks like the Swedish form to me.
Apr 20th, 2013 at 23:32 GMT
I already liked this quiz series a lot, and seeing the Finnish version made me very happy! However, many of these names are very old-fashioned and rare and have been replaced by shorter versions (for example Roopertti-Roope, Jaakoppi-Jaakko, Jooseppi-Juuso, Jaakkima-Joakim), and I think Viljami would be a better/more common translation of William. Eliina is very rare too and more like an alternative version of Elina (which is veeery common and my middle name!).I'm not saying all of these should be changed - this quiz was still lots of fun, and the more old-fashioned versions still exist, although mostly in traditional middle or third names! And the longer names are probably easier to recognize for foreigners. @RichardPowell, you have some good points, but I have to say Seppo isn't short for Jooseppi. Jooseppi comes from Joseph whereas Seppo is an old Finnish first name that originates from the word "seppä" (blacksmith).
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