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20 Cute Finnish Nicknames for Your Loved One

Could Finnish be the newest addition to languages of love? I know, French and Spanish sound sensual and passionate but I have two reasons why Finnish totally should be included!

1) When a Finn actually, finally, says something romantic, you can be pretty darn sure she/he actually means it. All words are 100% real, no fluff. Don’t they say ”quality over quantity,” right?

2) For such quiet people, we Finns are surprising innovative when it comes to giving affectionate nicknames for our loved ones.

Usually, in Finland, pet names (hellittelynimi, in Finnish) are used in private. It’s a cute inside thing between you and your sweetheart. Children are called by their nicknames publicly.

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Okay, but now, get ready to learn twenty adorable Finnish nicknames and surprise your sweetie with a Finnish nickname or two!

Five Most Common Finnish Nicknames

The title in Finnish: Viisi yleisintä suomalaista hellittelynimeä

#1 Kulta or Kultsi = Gold. Literally. Kultsi feels a bit more relaxed than kulta.
#2 Rakas = Dear. In Finnish, to love is rakastaa, this word comes from it.
#3 Hani = Honey. Comes from English.
#4 Muru = Crumb. Literally.
#5 Pupu = Bunny. Literally.

20 sweet Finnish nicknames

Ten Sweet and Funny Finnish Nicknames

The title in Finnish: Kymmenen suloista ja hauskaa suomalaista hellittelynimeä

#1 Aarre = Treasure. Literally.
#2 Mussu or mussukka = Sweetie.
#3 Pulu = City pigeon. Literally.
#4 Lutunen = Very adorable. An adjective which can be also used for cute animal babies, like puppies.
#5 Nasu = Piglet, the character, in Winnie the Pooh. (The animal piglet is porsas in Finnish. Note that it’s not a nickname at all)

#6 Sydänkäpy or sydänkäpynen = Heart pine cone. Literally.
#7 Höppänä = Fool. A very soft word for that.
#8 Possu = Pig. Literally. (The other word for a pig is sika in Finnish, which you use in a totally opposite situation!)
#9 Höpönassu = Silly face. Literally.
#10 Herkkupeppu = Delicacy butt. Literally. (I can’t stop laughing at this straight translation.)

10 Finnish nicknames in English

Five Cute Finnish Nicknames Especially For Children

The title in Finnish: Viisi söpöä suomalaista hellittelynimeä erityisesti lapsille

#1 Tättähäärä = Scampering, active child.
#2 Kirppu = Flea. Literally.
#3 Rakkauspakkaus = Love package. Literally.
#4 Nappula = Button. Literally.
#5 Maha-asukki = Tummy inhabitant. Literally. Used only for an unborn baby.

Other Types of Finnish Nicknames

The title in Finnish: Muita suomalaisia hellittelynimityyppejä

Calling someone by their last name. This is popular especially among men due to the Finnish army naming logic. However, it’s also sometimes used when there’s a group of friends and some people have the same first name.

A short version of somebody’s actual name. This is typical in all countries and also in Finland. For example, a Finnish girl called “Emilia” could have the nickname “Emppu”. Another Finnish girl called “Liisa” could be “Lissu”.

As for the boys, “Johannes” could have the nickname “Joha” and “Tuomas” could be “Tume” or “Tumppi”. Unfortunately, I cannot offer a clear rule to which letters get chopped off and which letters are added. In many cases, short nicknames are an intuitive process, many times invented by little kids or some funny context.

A long version of somebody’s actual name. You can add softness and affection to a name with particular endings, for example: -liini, -nen or -kka. Note that a particular ending doesn’t go with all names and not all of these endings are used in all regions in Finland.

  • Aino could be Ainoliini
  • Varpu could be Varpukka
  • Aaro could be Aaronen

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Monday 2nd of May 2022

LOL! "Delicacy Butt" is certainly humorous as a literal translation. I'm thinking that a more natural translation into English could be "sweet cheeks", since "cheeks" is a slang term for buttocks.


Wednesday 4th of May 2022

Kurt thank you! That's a great natural translation!!! Delicacy butt is so hilarious as a literal translation. Kiitos!!!


Tuesday 12th of October 2021

My GF is Annika and I usually call her Kulta; but there has to be another cute name for her!


Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

Hei there! Maybe Ansku comes to my mind. Have you had the chance to ask her Finnish friends if they have a nickname for her? :)


Friday 13th of August 2021

Hi Varpu,

Thank you for your informative blog!

Would Amelia be Amppu?

Also, is there a Finnish shorter name for Lorelai? (I guess this name is less common in Finland!)

Best Wishes



Sunday 22nd of August 2021

Hei Cherry! Thank you so much! Yes, I think Amppu would be a great nickname for Amelia. Lorelai is a trickier, Lola or Lore could be possible?

Nina Mitchell

Wednesday 7th of July 2021

A nice nickname foe Joseph?


Thursday 15th of July 2021

Hei Nina, thank you so much for your comment! Maybe in Finland, one might say Jose. I'm excited to see if anyone in our community comes up with other ideas!


Sunday 14th of February 2021

Hi! What a fun and informative article! What nickname would you give to a Finnish guy named Jesse?


Thursday 18th of February 2021

Hei there! Some ideas here: Jesseli (sounds more like a baby nickname) or Jepa or Jepe (these are more neutral). Hope these help!

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