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Alternative forms[edit]


From virta (river, stream) +‎ -nen mainly in late 19th and early 20th century. Also spelled Wirtanen.[1]


  • IPA(key): /ˈʋirtɑnen/, [ˈʋirt̪ɑne̞n]
  • Rhymes: -irtɑnen
  • Syllabification: Vir‧ta‧nen

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A common surname, from landscape​. In 2010, the most common in Finland (barely ahead of Korhonen).[2]


Inflection of Virtanen (Kotus type 38/nainen, no gradation)
nominative Virtanen Virtaset
genitive Virtasen Virtasten
partitive Virtasta Virtasia
illative Virtaseen Virtasiin
singular plural
nominative Virtanen Virtaset
accusative nom. Virtanen Virtaset
gen. Virtasen
genitive Virtasen Virtasten
partitive Virtasta Virtasia
inessive Virtasessa Virtasissa
elative Virtasesta Virtasista
illative Virtaseen Virtasiin
adessive Virtasella Virtasilla
ablative Virtaselta Virtasilta
allative Virtaselle Virtasille
essive Virtasena Virtasina
translative Virtaseksi Virtasiksi
instructive Virtasin
abessive Virtasetta Virtasitta
comitative Virtasineen
Possessive forms of Virtanen (type nainen)
possessor singular plural
1st person Virtaseni Virtasemme
2nd person Virtasesi Virtasenne
3rd person Virtasensa

Related terms[edit]


  1. ^ "Wirtanen" is an antiquated variant spelling listed at V in Finland (in the Finnish alphabet, the letter W is an archaic variant of V, kept for spelling old names). It is mostly found abroad for the descendants of Finnish emigrants (as of March 2010, the Finnish Population Register Center's "Surname search" reported 23600 Virtanen and 254 Wirtanen).
  2. ^ "Most common surnames", Finnish Population Register Center (English version),, as of March 2010.