Matti

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See also: matti and mätti

Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The medieval spoken form of the Vulgate Latin Matthias and Matthaeus, brought to Finland as Catholic saint's names. Cognate with English Matthias and Matthew.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɑtːi/
  • Hyphenation: Mat‧ti

Proper noun[edit]

Matti

  1. A male given name.
    • 1840 Kanteletar:1:59 Huoliansa haasteleva:
      Tahi jos virkan vierahalle,
      mainitsen kylän Matille,
      vieras sen viieksi panevi,
      kylän Matti kymmeneksi.
    • 1876 Zachris Topelius, Maamme kirja, Chapter 71: Matti (translated from Swedish Boken om vårt land 1875):
      Eräällä isännällä oli kolme palvelijata. Iivana oli Wenäläinen, Eerikki oli Ruotsalainen ja Matti oli Suomalainen.
      A farmer had three servants. Ivan was Russian, Erik was Swedish and Matti was Finnish.
  2. The letter "M" in the Finnish tavausaakkoset, a spelling system similar to ICAO spelling alphabet.

Declension[edit]

Inflection of Matti (Kotus type 5/risti, tt-t gradation)
nominative Matti Matit
genitive Matin Mattien
partitive Mattia Matteja
illative Mattiin Matteihin
singular plural
nominative Matti Matit
accusative nom.? Matti Matit
gen. Matin
genitive Matin Mattien
partitive Mattia Matteja
inessive Matissa Mateissa
elative Matista Mateista
illative Mattiin Matteihin
adessive Matilla Mateilla
ablative Matilta Mateilta
allative Matille Mateille
essive Mattina Matteina
translative Matiksi Mateiksi
instructive Matein
abessive Matitta Mateitta
comitative Matteineen

Usage notes[edit]

  • The typical name for a Finnish male in stories and proverbs.
  • Matti has been one of the most popular names in Finland since the Middle Ages, for reasons not quite clear. For example, it was the most common first name of men born in Finland in 1937 - 1949.

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