more names

Ven ven at
Fri Oct 20 20:55:54 EDT 2000

Tarja wrote

> Several people have contributed all kinds of names, so I thought I would
> send you some Finnish names as well. Here's just a random selection picked
> from my calendar. You can figure out how they are pronounced =) (I tried to
> pick ones that might not prove *too* difficult to English speakers). One
> hint is, that j is always pronounced like the beginning sound in young, i.e.
> Finnish j is equivalent to English y.
> Women:
> Rauni, Sari, Silva, Erja, Eira, Mervi, Pinja, Else, Senja, Auri, Vuokko,
> Viivi, Vieno, Janika, Janita, Heli, Laila
> Men:
> Aaro, Turo, Lari, Olli, Lauri, Lasse, Miro, Kuisma, Vesa, Severi, Aimo,
> Atte, Sampsa, Karri, Sulo, Jorma, Jarmo
My role playing group set up a couple of games with some Finnish 
borrowings. We'd gotten bored with Norse/Celtic settings and the 
Finnish Gods in Deities and Demigods looked interesting. (I'm the 
only one who has actually read the Finnish national epic the 
Kalevala at all). To get Finnish names we looked at the cast lists of 
the odd Finnish film on tv and the wrtiers of scientific papers (and 
the occasional racing driver). For surnames we sometimes made 
things up from a Finnish English dictionary -- combining two words 
like Blackwater or used placenames from maps. I always had a 
sneaking feeling some of them would have sounded absurd to a 
real Finnish speaker..............  Because I used the Larousse 
encyclopedia section on the mythology which combines it with 
Hungarian as "Finno Ugric" I had a few Hungarian borrowings too. 
The surprising thing is I had very few of the names on Tarja's list. I 
remember a Perakina and a Raimo.

BTW while reading the Kalevala -- I never actually finished it, so I 
should say "I've read in it", like John Crowley's Pierce Moffat  when 
heb was bluffing about his knowledge -- I noticed how much Tolkein 
had borrowed, its astonishing how his imitators don't sdeem to go 
back there.

Another BTW our Finnish English dictionary had a strange section 
in the middle where it claimed to translate food items on menus. 
Under for example Yorkshire pudding it had a long stream of 
Finnish words. looking each one up individually produced 
something like batter made of flour milk and eggs put into a metal 
pan of hot fat and cooked very hot -m they were recipes. I 
somehow couldn't imagine going into a restaurant and asking for all 


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