Chukhna, Chukhnas, Chukhontsy (singular: Chukhonets (male), Chukhonka (female)) is an obsolete Russian term for some Finnic peoples: Finns, Estonians, Karelians, Ingrian Finns.
It is thought to be a derivative from the ethnonym chud.
The 18th century Linguarum totius orbis vocabularia comparativa of Peter Simon Pallas has a vocabulary of the "Chukhna language".
Vladimir Dahl, in his "Explanatory Dictionary of the Live Great Russian language", records its a reference to Finns in the vicinity of St. Petersburg.
In modern usage, the words are considered ethnic slurs for Finns and Estonians.
In the 2002 Russian Census, 15 persons described themselves as "Chukhontsy".
- ^ A direct reference is cited here
- ^ Вл. Даль. "Трескаться". Толковый словарь живого великорусского языка IV (6th ed.). М.: Гос. изд-во иностр. и национ. словарей, 1955. p. 429.