When surnames get strange…

Odd names have long been a source of humour.

Rock musicians, for example, make use of them. (Wonder whatever happened to Chuck Roast, drummer for that California punk group Suburban Lawns?) And they turn up in other places as well.

Recently came across this postcard of Finnish family names:

Design: COMPANY (Aamu Song & Johan Olin)

They’ve included a significant number of oddities, but there are more. Check out: SURNAME STORIES: LAND OF THE -NENS.

This post includes Kiimamaa (land in heat),  Kaalinpää (cabbage head) and there’s Hikipää (sweaty head) too.


Of course, my favorite’s Antti Perspiranti. That’d be my moniker – should I ever join a Finnish rock group


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