Virtanen (surname)

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Family name
Meaning "river's", derived from virta ("river, stream") and -nen (mostly devoid of meaning in names, but can be translated as a genitive case)
Region of origin Finland
Language(s) of origin Finnish
Related names Virta

Virtanen (also written as Wirtanen)[1] is a surname originating in Finland (in Finnish, meaning "river"), where it is the second most common surname.[2]

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  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 ancient names). It is mostly found abroad for the descendants of ancient Finnish emigrants (as of March 2010, the Finnish Population Register Center's "Surname search" reported 23600 Virtanen and 254 Wirtanen).
  2. ^ As of November 2011, "Most common surnames", Finnish Population Register Center (English version),