Matti

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See also: matti, mátti, 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/, [ˈmɑ̝t̪ːi]
  • Rhymes: -ɑtːi
  • Syllabification(key): Mat‧ti

Proper noun[edit]

Matti

  1. a male given name from Biblical Hebrew
    • 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.
    • 2018, Pauliina Rauhala, Synninkantajat, Gummerus, →ISBN, page 31:
      Matti on maailman tavallisimman ja kunnollisimman miehen nimi. Sellaiseksi minäkin aion kasvaa, samanlaiseksi kuin isä, vaikka oma nimeni on vähän liian erikoinen.
      Matti was a name for the world's most ordinary and proper man. That's how I too want to grow up to be, like my father, even if my own name is a little too unusual.
  2. The letter M in the Finnish spelling alphabet.

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.

Declension[edit]

Inflection of Matti (Kotus type 5*C/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
abessive Matitta Mateitta
instructive Matein
comitative See the possessive forms below.
Possessive forms of Matti (Kotus type 5*C/risti, tt-t gradation)
first-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative Mattini Mattini
accusative nom. Mattini Mattini
gen. Mattini
genitive Mattini Mattieni
partitive Mattiani Mattejani
inessive Matissani Mateissani
elative Matistani Mateistani
illative Mattiini Matteihini
adessive Matillani Mateillani
ablative Matiltani Mateiltani
allative Matilleni Mateilleni
essive Mattinani Matteinani
translative Matikseni Mateikseni
abessive Matittani Mateittani
instructive
comitative Matteineni
second-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative Mattisi Mattisi
accusative nom. Mattisi Mattisi
gen. Mattisi
genitive Mattisi Mattiesi
partitive Mattiasi Mattejasi
inessive Matissasi Mateissasi
elative Matistasi Mateistasi
illative Mattiisi Matteihisi
adessive Matillasi Mateillasi
ablative Matiltasi Mateiltasi
allative Matillesi Mateillesi
essive Mattinasi Matteinasi
translative Matiksesi Mateiksesi
abessive Matittasi Mateittasi
instructive
comitative Matteinesi
first-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative Mattimme Mattimme
accusative nom. Mattimme Mattimme
gen. Mattimme
genitive Mattimme Mattiemme
partitive Mattiamme Mattejamme
inessive Matissamme Mateissamme
elative Matistamme Mateistamme
illative Mattiimme Matteihimme
adessive Matillamme Mateillamme
ablative Matiltamme Mateiltamme
allative Matillemme Mateillemme
essive Mattinamme Matteinamme
translative Matiksemme Mateiksemme
abessive Matittamme Mateittamme
instructive
comitative Matteinemme
second-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative Mattinne Mattinne
accusative nom. Mattinne Mattinne
gen. Mattinne
genitive Mattinne Mattienne
partitive Mattianne Mattejanne
inessive Matissanne Mateissanne
elative Matistanne Mateistanne
illative Mattiinne Matteihinne
adessive Matillanne Mateillanne
ablative Matiltanne Mateiltanne
allative Matillenne Mateillenne
essive Mattinanne Matteinanne
translative Matiksenne Mateiksenne
abessive Matittanne Mateittanne
instructive
comitative Matteinenne
third-person possessor
singular plural
nominative Mattinsa Mattinsa
accusative nom. Mattinsa Mattinsa
gen. Mattinsa
genitive Mattinsa Mattiensa
partitive Mattiaan
Mattiansa
Mattejaan
Mattejansa
inessive Matissaan
Matissansa
Mateissaan
Mateissansa
elative Matistaan
Matistansa
Mateistaan
Mateistansa
illative Mattiinsa Matteihinsa
adessive Matillaan
Matillansa
Mateillaan
Mateillansa
ablative Matiltaan
Matiltansa
Mateiltaan
Mateiltansa
allative Matilleen
Matillensa
Mateilleen
Mateillensa
essive Mattinaan
Mattinansa
Matteinaan
Matteinansa
translative Matikseen
Matiksensa
Mateikseen
Mateiksensa
abessive Matittaan
Matittansa
Mateittaan
Mateittansa
instructive
comitative Matteineen
Matteinensa

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Statistics[edit]

  • Matti is the 3rd most common male given name in Finland, belonging to 40,196 male individuals (and as a middle name to 37,273 more), and also belongs as a middle name to 7 female individuals, according to February 2023 data from the Digital and Population Data Services Agency of Finland.

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