Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Suvi (SOO-vee) is a Finnish poetic word name meaning "summer." The word used in general for summer is kesä, so this is a bit like the American use of "fall" in reference to the season and Autumn as a baby name, although autumn is used in context of the season almost as much as fall (it could be a regional difference). The name is used in other Scandinavian countries such as Sweden, Denmark and Norway, though not as much. It is not unheard of for Suvi to be combined with another name, such as Suvi-Tuuli or Suvi-Marja, for the double-barreled effect. This site claims the name was used as early as 1150 or before. Finnish supermodel Suvi Koponen and Finnish taekwondo master Suvi Mikkonen are two native namesakes. In the U.S. the name is rare, given to only 14 girls in 2015, 11 in 2016, and only used since about 2007. Here is Finland's data for the name Suvi, which tells us about 440 girls were given the name between 2010 and 2017, and it has been used as a name there since at least 1920.