|My last name is Mantta with the dots over the a’s. What is it’s meaning? Thanks
||The name Mänttä is also an old place name, which is nowadays a town in Finland. The place name Mänttä comes from an old house which Tuomas Niilonpoika Mäntsä (1570–1618) founded in Keuruskoski in the wilderness of Sääksmäki:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A4ntt%C3%A4
I found two different theories about the name's meaning. One theory is that the word is derived from old Swedish word "mäntare", which means person who process leather or does tanning. So it is possible that the first person with that name was a professional tanner. Other theory is that it might derive from German name Menze.
Tuomas Niilonpoika Mäntsä (Mänttä)'s family has their own society, which might interest you also:https://mantsa.yhdistysavain.fi/
|What is the origin of the family name Liimakka?
||Family name Liimakka is an unusual name in Finland. According to the name service (Nimipalvelu) of The Digital and Population Data Services Agency service there is or has been only 79 people named Liimakka in Finland:
Unfortunately we didn't find the origin of the name.
|What is the origin and mening of the surname ‘Keinonen’
||Surnames 'Keinonen' and 'Keinänen' are both believed to be derived from the word keino which in the Savonian dialect carries the meaning 'trap, snare, (a hunter's) trail'.
Pirjo Mikkonen & Sirkka Paikkala, Sukunimet
|Where does the last name "Leija" come from? Is it from Finland?
||Word "leija" is a Finnish word indeed. In English it is translated as "a kite". The noun "leija" comes from the verb "leijata" or "leijua" (to flow). In the old or dialectal Finnish language "leija" can also mean "a bridal veil". Leija is not a very much used word as a surname but surely it can be used. In the telephone catalogue of Helsinki there is only one person with the family name Leija. Leija can also be used in compound family names such as Leijavuori (a rough translation: Kite Mountain). There is no record of Leija as a first name.