Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Finnish : from hieta ‘sand’ + the local suffix -la, originally a habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads and villages so named, especially in western Finland; later, during the name conversion movement in the 19th and early 20th centuries, it was also adopted as an ornamental name, especially by Finns bearing Swedish names containing the element sand. It is now found throughout Finland.